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Happy New Year! ~2020~


I can’t believe another year has passed. It always seems to go by like a flash, doesn’t it? I want to thank all of you for following along and reading my stories throughout 2019. I hope you have enjoyed them as much as I have enjoyed writing them! I promise there is more to come this year as well!

With the new year always comes new years resolutions, goals, and motivations, so I thought I would share some of my own with you so you can have some insight into what is to come!

2020 Goal 1: “Rhys of Novia” (Novel)

“Rhys of Novia” is my first completed novel. It is currently with my Beta-Reader for the second time. I am looking forward to getting notes back and doing another round of edits this year. Once completed, I plan to start querying agents and reaching out to publishers for this romance!

2020 Goal 2: “A Second Chance” (Novel)

“A Second Chance” is my second novel (pun NOT intended with the title…just realized it), one I have been editing and publishing chapter-by-chapter in a local digital magazine called Mag Pie. I have been editing like a crazed woman to get the chapters ready for publication dates and been having a blast while doing it. I hope to get more out and more chapters published this year. Once it has been completed in Mag Pie, I hope to self-publish the book. Don’t worry, I’ll let you know when that time comes!

2020 Goal 3: Untitled Children’s Book

I don’t want to give too much for this one, as I have never written a children’s book before and it is also a surprise for someone (if you know who, don’t tell them!!!). This will be my first children’s book I have worked on, and will most likely just be self-published, but I’m looking forward to the new experience.

2020 Goal 4: Writing Motivation & Goals Journal

I adore planners and journals that help with motivation and goal tracking. I have…3…of them, just for 2020 for a variety of tasks and purposes. However, I noticed there was a lack of specific topical ones, especially for writers. It’s my hope to put together a digital downloadable pdf version that I create that can help my fellow writers, like me, who adore journals and want some extra planning and motivation. Something that can be re-printed each year and personalized to each person. More details to come in the future!

2020 Goal 5: Monthly Submissions

I have always tried to do submissions to different journals, blogs, and writing magazines to try to publish some of my poetry and short stories. My goal for this year is to submit once a month to a different location. Even if I end up with 12 rejection letters, at least it means I put myself out there 12 times! Time to be a bit more courageous with my writing!

I have a number of small tasks and to-dos as well this year, but I feel like these are the big ones I’m aiming for. Again, I thank you for all your love and support of my writing. I hope I can bring you new and exciting stories this year! Keep an eye out for this year’s first post of creative writing soon! Happy Reading!

~Shanna Pikora


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