2019 Plans

So, we all know how much I failed my 2018 goals.  So let's do it again.  Do-over, right?  

In 2019 I would like to:
Read 100 Books

So comment all your recommendations below, my TBR list needs to be BIGGER (said no one ever). 
Pitch Words of Gold
Either at a conference, or by actually researching and sending in cover letters and the whole deal.  Basically, I want to get Gold in the hands of someone who might actually help with my publishing journey.  Don't matter if it gets rejected instantly, I just want to actually present it.  :)
Go to Another Writer's Conference
Look at me cheat and give myself some wiggle room by not specifying a particular one...
Which, at the moment, sounds a little iffy, simply because I don't have any ideas super fleshed out at the moment.  I mean, of course I have ideas but none of them are draft-worthy at the moment.  I still have months to prepare, so that could easily change.  But still.
Run Another Ultra
Okay, so I did a 5K last month, and now I'm having delusions about my running ability.  But I do have my eyes set on an Ultra that my family always does in October.  So I've got time to train (not like I trained much for my first one).
Compete with Bree in a Ride and Tie
Hancock Quarter Horses are supposed to have good endurance.  So it's time to test it out...(also known for bucking, so that's always fun)
Go Through the M'Cheyne Reading Plan
I've always wanted to do this, and a friend said she would go through it with me.  We're pretty excited.
Drive Pepper More Often
I ground drive him a lot, but only hitch the cart up about once or twice a year (in my defense, it's really difficult to do without someone helping, and I don't often have someone around to help).
That's not so bad, right?  Certainly doable?  Let's see how it goes...


  1. Awesome goals, girl!!

    And hey, it's not cheating to give yourself some flexibility! It only means that you're more likely to complete it, since you won't get depressed if you're not able to make it to the one you have your eye set on.

    That's a really cool Bible reading plan. I've never heard of it, and I kind of wish I did, but I do have a reading plan that I typically follow anyway, so I guess I'm okay. It might be helpful for family devotions, though.

    You can totally do the ultra!! Though please do train for it. I'm begging you.

    I hope 2019 is an awesome year for you, girl!

    1. What??? Train??? What does that mean??? lol...I'll try.

  2. Awesome goals! I definitely have some recommendations for books. the Button Girl by Sally Apokedak and Within These Lines by Stephanie Morrill.

    Realm Makers and ACfW are both awesome conferences!

    And hey, this last year I didn't think I'd do NaNo but then got an idea less than a month out. So, there's always hope!


    1. I'm really interested in WTL, but just haven't gotten my hands on a copy yet. Maybe someday!

  3. I'm doing the M'Cheyne reading plan this year too! It's a pretty cool reading plan. :D

    Good luck on all of these goals!

    1. That's so cool!! I've always wanted to do it, and I think this year I'll be able to complete it!

  4. Best of luck to you, Julian! 100 books is a lot ( but if you haven't read A Thousand Perfect Notes, that one. Also Fahrenheit 451. XD

    1. Thanks!! I'll have to chekt out F451 - I've heard of it but have no clue what it's about!

  5. Happy new year & good luck with all your goals! :) Read 100 books sounds amazing!! This year I'm planning to read only 30, haha. (that's because the lack of time and too many school duties...) Some books I recommend to you (if you haven't read them yet): such a classic like 'Pollyanna', 'Wonder' and 'Heaven is for real'. I know I listed only three titles but I don't have many ideas now haha, anyways, these books are worth reading ;)

    1. Hey, 30 books isn't bad! That's more than what I was reading a few years ago... I think I read Pollyanna when I was younger and enjoyed it. But Wonder sounds so cute. :)

  6. Are you sure you want /all/ my book recommendations? *eyebrow raise* ALL of them? I have a whooooooooole list. (In fact, I'm going to make them a separate reply.)

    I've started going through the M'Cheyne plan, at your recommendation! I needed a nudge toward what part(s) of the Bible to read next, so that was super helpful. :)

    1. Fantasy:
      The Door Within series, the Isle Chronicles, and the Dreamtreaders trilogy by Wayne Thomas Batson (and the Berinfell Prophecies series he wrote with Christopher Hopper)
      The Truth series and Decoy Princess duology by Dawn Cook
      Heartless by Marissa Meyer
      The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
      Atlantis Rising by T.A. Barron
      The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson (sci-fi fantasy)
      The Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan
      The Shannara books and Landover books by Terry Brooks
      The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson
      The Wilderking trilogy by Jonathan Rogers (fantasy retelling of David)
      Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
      The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede
      The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater
      The Terebinth Tree Chronicles and Vengeance Hunter by Hannah Heath
      The Stealthmaster's Shadow by Hope Ann
      Lost Girl by R.M. Archer (if I'm allowed to recommend that one. ;D)

      Swipe by Evan Angler
      The Fire Rain Chronicles by Miranda Marie (a.k.a. Mandy!)
      The Giver by Lois Lowry
      Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
      The Maze Runner by James Dashner (just stop after the first one because the writing goes very downhill)

      Fallen Leaves by Tessa Emily Hall
      A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

      Historical fiction:
      The Secret of the Rose series by Michael Philips
      Chasing Jupiter by Rachel Coker

      Do Hard Things by Brett and Alex Harris
      Project Canvas by Caroline Meek and Olivia Rogers

      A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
      Echoes (mix of sci-fi and contemporary? Ish? I'm not 100% sure how to categorize it.) by Miranda Marie
      The Lunar Chronicles (sci-fi) by Marissa Meyer
      The Cooper Kids series by Frank Peretti (adventure)

    2. Oh, wow, thanks!! I think I've read most of these (or at least heard of them), bu I'll be sure to check some out! (And recommending your own is perfectly acceptable!)

      The Stealthmaster's Shadow is probably my favorite Hope Ann book, honestly. Just really enjoyable...might have to give it a re-read.

  7. *Crashes into post*
    Heya Julian! We're already 8 days into the new year but let me say, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!
    Have you ever read any of Brandon Sanderson's books? If not I totally recommend them! Sanderson is like, the king of Fantasy. I got his newest release, Skyward for Christmas - and it is so AWESOME!
    So yep... that's my book recommendation for the year ;) Lol.