I don’t really do New Year’s resolutions, per se. I decided several years ago they didn’t really work for me because I inevitably broke them and then I inevitably felt bad because I had broken them so I stopped. It didn’t make sense to beat myself over the head with all that negativity. That said, I do sometimes make goals for a new year, and this year, my biggest goal for my writing is to write more consistently, both with regard to my books and my blog.

To that end, I signed up for the MFRW 52 week blogging challenge. The goal is to write a new blog every Friday on the assigned topic so so your blogging at least once a week. Of course, as soon as I signed up, I immediately wanted to write back and back out. I’m in the middle of getting ready to release a new book (coming January 19, more on that later), and the last thing I really needed was something else to write, but I didn’t. If I really want to do this, then I’m going to have to stick to it.

This week’s topic is a few of my favorite things. I like the five things list-type posts so I decided to stick to that. Here are five of my favorite things:

  • My Favorite Books (mainstream)

    • The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
      • Yes, these books have now been turned into a great television series as well, but the books are better, trust me. The TV series can’t do justice to how rich and nuanced these books are. I literally can’t read time travel romance, particularly if it’s set in the Scottish Highlands anymore. Everything else pales in comparison.
  • My Favorite Books (spanking/domestic discipline)

    • The Falls Chance Ranch Series by Rolf and Ranger
      • I’m not exaggerating in the slightest when I say these books have been absolutely life-changing books for me. For many years, I lurked around the spanking community not really sure where I fit in. I’d been interested in spanking since I was so young I didn’t even have words for it, but none of the ways that I saw people incorporating it into their relationships really fit what I wanted and needed. Until I found these books. It was like turning the page and finding a mirror into myself. This series is, hands down, the best explanation of the psychological facets of DD that I have ever seen. You can find it here.
  • My Favorite Television Show (s)

    • Crime Shows/Speechless
      • I’m a crime show junkie. I love Forensics shows of all sorts, both true crime and fictional. NCIS, Criminal Minds, and things like The First 48 or 48 hours.Normally, I’m not a great fan of comedy, but as of late, there is one sitcom that has quickly become a favorite. Speechless, which is about a wacky family raising three teenage kids, one of whom has cerebral palsy. I did a whole blog on Speechless a few months ago. If you want more details, you can find them here.

(credit: Speechless Facebook Page)

  • My Favorite Animal

    • Dragonfly
      • My two cats are probably going to disinherit me for saying this, but my favorite animal is the dragonfly. (The cats don’t count as animals. They are my fur-babies.) Some sources say dragonflies are totem animals for inspiration in some native cultures. Other sources say dragonflies symbolize survival and perseverance since they’ve been around for thousands of years. Either of those traits are pretty important for writers, in my book. FYI, it’s also the name I chose for myself years ago in the fanfiction realm when I first started writing publicly.

 

 

  • My Favorite Flower

    • Tulips
    • I love tulips because they are bright and colorful. They also only stay around for a short time. To my mind, this makes them all the more precious for their rarity.

      Red tulips

 

 

 

 

There you have it. Five-ish of my favorite things. (Who is counting anyway?) Quite a few more authors have joined this challenge and are sharing their favorite things on their blog today too. You can find them here: