Goals for a New Year

Or… some of the things I HOPE to accomplish

By Jeff Salter

Topic: What’s first on your to-do list for 2023?

So far this week, we’ve noted that sometimes when we peer into the new year we think of goals, sometimes it’s resolutions, sometimes it’s projects, and sometimes it’s tasks. Sometimes it’s only “intentions.” I don’t think anybody mentioned “plans” however.

Neither will I.

My “plan” is simply to be the best I can be… and (with my limitations of age and health) do the best I can do.

How to accomplish that is a day-by-day struggle.

But let’s chat about some of the things I HOPE to accomplish in the coming year.

In the writing realm:

* I hope to find a new publishing home for half a dozen novels / novellas which abruptly dropped off Amaz*n after one of my publishers closed its doors in January 2022. [Five of my eleven orphaned titles have already found a new home.]

* I hope my first volume [scheduled for release in September] in the Ghost Cavalry Battalion series hits the ground running (i.e., vigorous sales).

* I hope to complete Vol. 2 of my Ghost Cavalry Battalion series (and at least have a good start on Vol. 3).

* I hope to finish the Christmas novel I started in mid-2021, before I fell ill with Covid-19.

* I’d like to draft Vol. 3 in the series, “Rose Roamer: Time Traveler”.

* I’d like to put out another short story anthology with my brother.

On the homestead:

* I hope I can work through the clutter (and more efficiently organize) my study, my upper garage, and the off-site storage unit… among other messy areas.

* I hope we can significantly reduce our financial obligations.

About me:

Over the past three years, there have been numerous gaps in my exercise program (my gym shut down for some 12 weeks in 2020, my inability to exercise while recovering from Covid for around 16 weeks in 2021, and many other gaps during the current year (due to illness and external obligations). One (of many) negative results of that is that I really need to shed at least five pounds, and hopefully 10… so I won’t have to venture forth to buy new jeans. To keep my weight where it needs to be, I must return to my practice (of the preceding 15 years) of exercising at least three times per week, “come h*ll or high water”.


So are these “goals” or are they “hopes”? Certainly they wouldn’t be considered resolutions. Or would they?


What about YOU? What’s on YOUR to-do list for the new year?

My blog from TEN years ago on the subject of NY resolutions:

Another blog on the general subject of New Years:

[JLS # 622


About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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8 Responses to Goals for a New Year

  1. Elaine Cantrell says:

    You’re going to be busy this year. I hope you accomplish everything on your list.

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  2. Personally, I don’t make resolutions for the New Year. Never have. I simply do what I know needs to be done when it needs doing. But I do wish you well on all your projects, Jeff. I’ve already started my next novel, hopefully to be published this coming summer. Happy New Year to you, Denise, and all your family, my friend. 🙂

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  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I’d call them goals, especially if you have a plan for getting them done. I have to break things down into small chunks, so that I can see progress. Best wishes for the New Year!

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  4. These are all wonderful goals! I didn’t know you had a book scheduled for release next fall. I’m looking forward to reading it.

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