2022’s First Monday

I almost feel like there should be a fanfare of trumpets and beat of drurms. Or something. Maybe not. Monday is just Monday afterall. So. New year, new month, new week, new day. I should feel all productive and raring to go. Or something. I’ll work on that, after another cup of coffee. Baby, it’s cold outside and I just want to curl up with a good book and snooze. However, new new new so…whatever. Coffee, don’t fail me now. So much for my word for the year. I used to do that. A lot. Pick a word as my theme for the year. I got out of the practice a few years ago. Then someone reminded me and I said to myself, “Self, we should do that. Good idea, right?” And it came to me. Balance. I need balance in my life. And I mean that in every sense of the word–physical balance, life/work balance, procrastination/productivitiy… Basically, every corner of my world needs some balance. Does this mean I made resolutions? Oh to the hell no. Did I set goals? Not really. That said, I have some hopes for the coming year that I’ll discuss as we go along. If I remember. Heck, maybe I should order some of that Prevergin (or whatever–also spelling) they advertise on TV. Or that sleep thing. Both would help. Moving on.

Does anyone else find the week between Christmas and New Year’s to be…weird? Like you should be both introspective and proactive, reflecting on the past year and predicting the coming one. Me? I just procrastinate and try to figure out what needs to get done before the calendar flips over and what I can put off until it does. I also stare at the new calendars I got for Christmas and try to decide when I should actually put them up. I waited until Jan. 1.

Writing. I did a little. Very little. Mostly, I edited and updated two books–MIDNIGHT CAFE and BLOOD & FIRE–and got them uploaded to D2D. I also added some updates to the website with the new links as both books are going wide. I have five more books coming up this month. Speaking of writing, I’m hoping to get out of my rut. I’d dearly love to complete a book in each of my series. I figure fans of each one will be happier with me if I do. I wonder if there’s something I can take to boost my creativitiy? Besides coffee, I mean. Anyway, Nightriders, Penumbra Papers, Moonstruck Wolf (which will be the Boston Wolves), Hard Target, Red Dirt Royalty, and the Christmas story/maybe the novel in the new anthology series with other authors. That’s 6 books. That’s a book every two months. I used to write a book a month, or close to that. Then I got old and procrastination moved in and made itself at home. We’ll see what happens. I need that balance between lethargy and creativity and I need to balance out the series with new releases. Heck, I’d love to throw the Cajun Wolves in there, but that’s probably pushing it.

On the homefront, I want to finish decluttering my office. I’m making a little progress but I desparately need some organizaiton in here, and in my life. At least half the stuff in here belongs to Only. This was her room before she married and moved out. Thing is, they don’t room eithe. So, I’ll box it up for her to take a box home to sort. Hopefully. I have a floorplan in my head but the execution is complicated. This has to move there so I can move that to this’s spot, but another thing has to be cleared and shuffled around before this can move. See? Complicated. Small bites, as a friend likes to remind me. This where that some of that balance comes in–balancing sitting at my computer working (or playing mindless games) and beling lazy or getting up and sorting through shitstuff. That gets me up and moving, getttin on a two-step ladder to reach a high shelf, and improving my physical balance by climing, bending, reaching, etc. See what I did there?

Speaking of decluttering, I DID clear out three shelves in my built-in clothes pantry. The closet is next. I’ve got stuff in there I haven’t worn for at least 10 years. Why the fuckfrack am I keeping it? I doubt much of the stuff shoved to the back even fits anymore. And again, that whole balance thing–mentally and physically. I will not talk about a balanced diet. Nope. Moving on.

In other news, my OSU Cowboys beat Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl! Pistols firing! I have no fingernails left because the Cardiac Cowboys were riding the range on Saturday. Argh! But they came back and then held on. OU also won, beating Oregon. College football is mostly over now. There’s one last bowl game tomorrow night, Kansas State against LSU and then I guess Georgia and Alabama square off in the national championship game on the 10th. *yawn*

I did cook for New Year’s. I fixed a brisket, my home-made BBQ sauce, baked beans, deviled eggs, and I thawed the extra pan of rolls I made for Christmas. All was yummy. I haven’t done brisket in a loooong time. The pan is still soaking in the sink. I’ll get around to scrubbing it. One of these days. 😉

I’m in a real reading slump and it’s killing me. I spent literally hours going though the list of paranormal romances on Audible. I found a couple I thought might hold my attention. I didn’t feel confident to spend the money to buy them. I’m cheap when it comes to new-to-me authors and/or book/series. I don’t want to be that customer–you know, the one who buys the book, reads it, is bored, and returns it. I do that a lot, which is why Audible Plus, my library and Hoopla are all friends of mine. Any suggestions?

Nothing new on TV. I do enjoy THE OSBORNES WANT TO BELIEVE and FRIGHT CLUB on the Travel Channel. Listening to Sharon and Ozzy makes me giggle. Poor Jack. Jack Osborne is also on FC, with the Ghost Brothers, 3 black dudes from Texas(?) who are paranormal investigators and made of all kinds of awesome. They share clips of the paranormal and try to freak each other out. Fun times. Yes, I am warped. Shut up.

So, that’s it for this first Monday of the first week of 2022. Let’s just hope that this year isn’t all “2020, too.” (Say it out loud and you’ll get it if you don’t have it already.) Do you have goals for the year? Wishes? Aspiratitions? Do you have a word of the year? Share!


About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of several award-winning series--Moonstruck, Nightriders MC, The Penumbra Papers, and Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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8 Responses to 2022’s First Monday

  1. Like you, no goals… only hopes. Yay for working toward Balance. Also yay for your Cowboys. And for yummy foods. Yay for your books and hopes for you to achieve what you want in 2022. :hugs:

    Hey, did you ever read that Seth Pevey book set in New Orleans that I was raving about a while back – Krewe? It’s Audible now, I think. It’s crime noir and here’s no romance in it, but I think you’ll enjoy it. Of course, it’s like $20 and I’m not sure if it’s available to listen to through your library or anything, because Seth’s a poor indie like we are.

    Anyway, I’m hoping this year won’t be all Twenty-Twenty 2: The Sequel. I’m hoping to finish this book I’ve been slaving over and get it into the hands of readers. Other than that, I’d like to get back on the old exercise loop and maybe shed a few pounds. Read some books. Right now, though, I’m waiting for it to warm up a tad so I can go play in the woods. You can read about my last year and my hopes for this year on my blogs – writing today and life tomorrow. Have a great day!

    • Silver James says:

      I hit one blog already and the next one is up next on my tabs. LOL Sounds like you have your hopes all lined out. And you WILL finish the Unnamed Fantasy! I know where you live and I WILL hunt you and make you finish. 😉

      I have NOT read Pevey. His book is not on Plus or at the library and is priced slightly less that my monthly membership which buys me a credit and I’m cheap so I either have to use $$ or “waste” a credit. Gah. Mirror, mirror on the wall, I am my mother after all. Anyway, the book sounds a little darker than I want right now but I’ve added it to my wish list so I’ll break down and grab it when I’m in the right headspace.

      Cheers to a year that works for us all! 🍻

  2. Jennifer Lyon says:

    Happy New Monday of the New Year! Balance is a great word! I love that. My only real resolution is to take more pictures of Dan and I as a couple. That’s a strange one, I know, but it bothered me when I couldn’t find a couple picture of us from last year. Otherwise I do what I do every year–trying to live my best life and be happy despite the challenges and occasional sorrows that mark every life.

    I’m rooting for you to get your office fully decluttered and arranged to match the image in your head!

    • Silver James says:

      That’s a good resolution, Jen! And one that I bet you keep. If not, bribe Dan to remind you. With cake. 😉 And yeah, I think we all need to make not of that other part–live our best lives!

      And I will. I’m determined to get a handle on all the stuff that’s accumulated! Have a great week. ❤

  3. KB Gardener says:

    Happy New Year, Silver! I have only one resolution this year. I resolve to make it to the end of 2022. Check back with me on January 1st, 2023, to see if I succeeded.

    As an addendum to your Oklahoma football bowl recap, the University of Tulsa won their bowl game, too, beating Old Dominion University 30-17 in the Myrtle Beach Bowl, on December 20th. You could say that TU set the pace for the Sooners and Cowboys to follow!

    Otherwise, everything’s the same for me. Nothing new to report. I’ll let you know when there’s a change.


    • Silver James says:

      TU DID! And I should have mentioned them! I am NOT a fan of OD for…reasons so I was really hoping TU would put an old-fashioned Okie whoopin’ on ’em. And they did! Go Golden Hurricanes!

      And you better keep that resolution, m’friend! This ol’ world wouldn’t be as bright if you aren’t around creating mischief. 😉 I’ll admit, sometimes no change is good–so long as we don’t get static. Hang in there!

  4. Kimber Gelineau says:

    My word is Better, let’s see how we do, last year it was Forward —->, yeap not going into that 🙄.
    Did new wreath, porch mat, garden flag and new calendars that is it at the moment.
    Yeap it was a tad bit chilly at 29 this morning, could be worse like upward in the US.
    First day back after 2 wks of vacay, lots of fun today and 6 peeps including my Boss who were manging the front line while we were all on vacay tested positive. Plus 3 drivers.

    • Silver James says:

      Oh dear on the testing positive! Here’s hoping it’s omicron because if they’ve been vaxxed, then the symptoms should be mild. They were for my family! And yay for the new spruce-ups in the yard. I got my Xmas lights down and switched to the winter wreath just in time for those snowflakes on the wreath to be prophetic. 🤣

      BETTER is a good word. And I think you will live up to it. I won’t say I’m optimistic about 2022, but there’s a different feel to the atmosphere, here at least, that gives me some hope. 🥂 to BETTER and BALANE! ❤

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