Posts Tagged ‘Sweet Success’

Forget the Resolutions…

Set Goals Instead!

By: Trista Herring Baughman

As 2021 comes to a close and 2022 approaches, for many, it’s once again time for making New Year’s Resolutions: get fit, quit bad habits, get organized, spend less time on social media, and more time with loved ones, etc. These are noble ambitions, but I am not one of the many. I stopped making resolutions long ago. 

Although well-meant, my resolutions tended to be feckless aspirations. I suppose resolutions are a good starting point, but they aren’t enough. What I needed were goals. 

What’s the difference? I can track my goals and see the progress I have made. I assign smaller milestones for each objective; each milestone is time-bound. 

I don’t do this solely at New Year’s but throughout the year. I often re-evaluate goals to ensure they are still the right goals. Here’s a checklist to help form and maintain your goals. 

 Goal Evaluation Checklist

  • Is my goal specific?  If your goal is too general, too vague, you’re likely to wander around aimlessly–especially if you’re a list-maker like me.
  • Is my goal realistic?  Can you accomplish it in the given time? 
  • Why is this my goal?  Your why is very important. If you don’t want this, you will not succeed. Motivation is key. 
  • What is the deadline? Not every goal will have a deadline. However, giving a deadline helps with motivation. If I have only a certain amount of time to complete a task, I’m more likely to get it done. 
  • What is the consequence if I do not reach said deadline? What’s the reward if I do?  Didn’t finish your 1000 word per day writing goal? NO cookies for you! 
  • In which category does this goal belong? (daily/weekly/long-term) It helps to prioritize your goals. You want to make sure your top priorities–your big rocks–come first. You will want to check these often to ensure you stay on task.
  • What steps should I take to meet this goal? Smaller objectives to reach long-term goals are often more attainable. Baby steps!
  • Is this goal still relevant; should I adjust it? It’s ok for goals to evolve or change completely. You don’t want to be too wishy-washy, though, or it will defeat the purpose. 

For me, goals are exceptionally vital for writing. Think about some things you want to accomplish with your writing: getting your work out there, marketing your book, finding a literary agent, becoming a freelance writer–whatever you’re hoping to do as a writer–to help form your goals. Also, think of things you want to stop: procrastination, being too hard on yourself, etc. Doing so will help you formulate plans and construct manageable steps to ensure their realization. 

Your assignment? Take out your writing notebook and take that first step. Make your list of goals. 

 Goals to get you started: 

  1. Write daily. It doesn’t matter what you write–just do it. You can write your story outlines, character sketches, journal, or work on your current project. Set a writing goal of words per day. 1000 to 1500 words is a good start. Find time the best time to write and be diligent. Commit to finishing your projects. Give yourself deadlines and stick to them. 
  2. Learn to say “no”. Is Facebook calling your name? Look away! Neighbors and friends dropping by in your designated writing time to chat? It’s ok to say no. If you don’t take your writing seriously no one else will.
  3. Learn to say “yes”. Enter contests. Submit your work to magazines and send query letters. Self-publish. Start a blog. You don’t have to do it all, but pick a few things and say yes. Share your talent with the world. 
  4.  Prioritize. There’s a Chinese Proverb that says, “If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.” Choose your goals wisely and pursue one at a time. Multitasking is not always your friend. 
  5. Read more. At least half of your job as a writer is to read. Reading fuels your imagination and feeds your writing soul.  
  6. Travel. Nothing boosts your creativity like going to new places and experiencing new things. 
  7. Update your website and social media pages. Let your readers know about your current projects. Reply to comments on your posts, that sort of thing. 
  8. Stay positive. You won’t reach every goal on time every time. Don’t give up. Find some inspirational quotes to cheer you on. Print them and hang them near your workspace. 
  9. Enlist an accountability partner. Having someone to swap reads and edits with is a fantastic motivational tool. 

You don’t have to do it all at once. Consider your other obligations and choose three or four goals to start. Once you have your list, be sure to implement it. Now is as good a time as any to begin good habits. You can do this! 

Whether you’re smashing plates at midnight, watching the ball (or Moon Pie) drop, kissing your sweetheart, or something else, take time to reflect and to soak in the traditions. I wish you a very happy, productive, and blessed New Year on behalf of Pikes Peak Writers and myself.


Trista Herring Baughman

 Trista Herring Baughman is a proud military wife and a homeschool mama.  She isthe author of The Magic Telescope. Her second book, Zombiesaurs, will be available soon at Barnes & Noble Press. You can find out more about her books on her website, or catch up to Trista on Facebook.

Sweet Success for John M. Campbell

By: Darby Karchut

A round of applause for John M. Campbell! His short story, “The Tiger and the Waif,” won first place in the Writers of the Future contest for the fourth quarter of 2020. It appeared in the annual L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future anthology (volume 37 released November 2021). He is honored to have his story appear first in the anthology, which features short stories for the first, second, and third place winners from each of the four quarters of 2020.

ABOUT THE STORY 

After a devastating earthquake, an android kitten crawls out of the rubble, free at last. Deep in its programming, an urge demands to be fulfilled . . .
Turn the page . . . from dark fantasy to dystopian nightmare, from magical realism to military science, from paranormal urban fantasy to post-apocalyptic power trips, and beyond. Discover the mesmerizing power of these new stories, thought-provoking new ideas, brilliant new horizons, and astounding new writers and illustrators—the chosen ones, selected by today’s best-selling science fiction and fantasy authors and artists. Pick up a copy from AmazonBarnes & Noble, and other booksellers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

John M. Campbell spent thirty-five years in the aerospace industry building computer systems for the government. Now, he speculates on the worlds currently unknown to us that modern science and engineering may unlock. He is compelled by the promise technology offers to address many of the issues facing human survival. He is intrigued by the likelihood that machine intelligence will likely surpass man’s ability to control it in this century. John lives with his wife in Denver, Colorado. Follow the author on Facebook and visit his website at www.JohnMCampbell.com


Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut who is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms.
Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

Join PPW’s Writing Community!

Wow. Another year has gone by in a flash. So many things have happened this year here at PPW: our first anthology, Fresh Starts was published, Sweet Success recognized over 50 newly published authors, we had an incredible virtual conference, and so much more! Are you looking to be more involved with this amazing writing community? Well, there are some opportunities you won’t want to miss!

As you may already know, Pikes Peak Writers is an all-volunteer organization passionate about helping writers be all they can be. PPW depends on the amazing volunteers who are passionate about writing and the communities that support writers. You too can be a part of the exciting community here at PPW. Most volunteer positions do not require very much time or experience. Read on to learn about what is available.

We are looking for volunteers to fill the following positions:

Pikes Peak Writer Conference Volunteers Needed!

We need volunteers to fill the following conference positions:

  • Query Coordinator
  • Social Media Manager
  • Moderators
  • General volunteers.

Please contact 2022director@pikespeakwriters.com for more information.

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Non-Conference Events Needs You!

Do you like hosting and putting on events? Do you like schmoozing with other authors and helping them succeed? Are you unafraid to talk to anyone? Do you like sharing news about people and an organization you’re passionate about? We need you! We’re looking to fill these roles that will be under the supervision of the non-conference events director.

  • Write Brain Coordinator:
    The Write Brain coordinator is in charge of putting on one, free event per month. You will be responsible for each event from the very start to the very end including finding and working with speakers, getting all their info, forwarding advertising info to NCE Public Relations, the PPW newsletter, and the PPW blog, securing a location for the event (in the past we’ve used the event room at library 21c or a comparable library facility, but we’ve been online since the COVID pandemic began and remain so at the moment), and hosting the event. Time commitment 10-20 hours per month on average.
  • Special Events Coordinator:
    The special events coordinator will be responsible for putting on four, four-hour workshops or events per year. You will be responsible for each event from the very start to the very end including finding and working with speakers, getting all their info, and forwarding advertising info to NCE Public Relations, the PPW newsletter, and the PPW blog, securing a location for the event (in the past we’ve used the event room at library 21c or a comparable library facility, but we’ve been online since the COVID pandemic began and remain so at the moment), and hosting the event. time commitment 10-20 hours per month on average.
  • Non-Conference Public Relations (NCE PR) Coordinator:
    The NCE PR coordinator will be responsible for getting the word out about non-conference events via social media (possibly working with the social media coordinator), and local media outlets such as Peak Radar, the Gazette, and The Independent. Some experience with Canva is helpful. Time commitment 2-5 hours per month on average.
  • Writers’ Night Host:
    Writers’ Night is where aspiring writers can come to have their questions answered, and experienced authors can rub shoulders with their peers and lend their expertise. Join us for two hours of fun, camaraderie, and laughter, the one event where the attendees set the agenda, and the host is there simply to keep it organized. This event is currently being held in person. Time commitment is only a few hours a month.

Please contact Kim, at nce@pikespeakwriters.com for more information on these NCE positions.

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Here are a couple of other exciting reasons to volunteer with PPW!

  • Social Media Coordinator:
    Are you a social butterfly with a bunch of followers? Adept at all the platforms, Facebook, Twitter, IG, Pintrest? Can you make your own quality graphics using free versions of programs like Canva? Do you know how to set up events on social media? Can you run a compelling social media campaign? Can you be counted on to do all of the above under minimal supervision? We need you! 10-20 hours per month on average. Please contact volunteer@pikespeakwriters.com for more information on this position.
  • Blog Post Writers:
    Do you want to write for Pikes Peak Writers? Writing from the Peak, PPW’s amazing blog, is looking for a few great writers. If you would like to write for this fantastic blog, please contact Kathie at: editor@pikespeakwriters.com.

2022 is going to be a great year here at Pikes Peak Writers and we would love for you to join us and make it even better!


KJ Scrim, Profile Image

Kathie Scrimgeour, writes under the pseudonym KJ Scrim. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors with PPW, she is also the Managing Editor of Writing from the Peak (PPW’s blog) and the Project Manager of PPW’s anthologies, Fresh Starts and Dream (coming Spring of 2022). Her inspiration for blogging, flash fiction, short stories, and the long haul of novel writing comes from her many life experiences. You can follow her on her website, KJScrim.com and on Facebook. When she’s not writing you can find her somewhere in Arizona biking, hiking, or finding Zen through Pilates.

Sweet Success for Darby Karchut

Three cheers for Darby Karchut. Her contemporary middle grade novel, On a Good Horse, recently won the 2021 High Plains Book Award and the 2021 Will Rogers Medallion Award. School Library Journal declares “…this realistic novel with a rustic setting is a classic tale of the deep connection between animals and people.”

ABOUT THE BOOK

Alex Nash dreams of being a soccer star. Or a graphic artist. Maybe both. But being a cowboy? Nope and no way. Not if it means being anything like his seldom seen father.

Then, out of nowhere, tragedy shatters Alex’s world, and when he thinks life couldn’t sucker-punch him again, it does. He’s forced to move to Colorado and live with Roberto Nash, a father he barely knows. Or wants to know.

Until Alex finds out his dad has bought him a peace offering of a sort, one with a red coat, lightning speed, and a fighting spirit. A spitfire of a horse that just might heal Alex’s heart and reunite father and son. Purchase a copy from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and booksellers worldwide. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Darby Karchut

Darby Karchut is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rockies, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby is busy wrangling words. Her many books include ON A GOOD HORSE and the middle grade fantasy series DEL TORO MOON, winner of the Colorado Book Award. Visit the author at www.darbykarchut.com and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut (this week’s Sweet Success author) who is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms.
Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

Sweet Success for Christina Bergling

Cheers for Christina Bergling on the recently release of her novel, FOLLOWERS (September 2021 from Crystal Lake Publishing). This is Bergling’s fifth book and her first with Crystal Lake Publishing. FOLLOWERS is a dark fiction horror novel that asks how safe we are online and how we can love the horror genre when horror comes into our real life.

Followers, by: Christine Bergling

ABOUT THE BOOK 

You never know who’s on the other side of the screen.
Sidney, a single mother with a dull day job, has big dreams of becoming a horror reviewer and risqué gore model. She’s determined to make her website a success, and if her online followers is any indication, things are looking good. In fact, Sidney has so many followers chatting with them is getting to be a job. More than a job, it might be getting a little risky….

When Sidney is attacked on a dark trail late one night, it becomes clear the horror she loves is bleeding into her real life. Sidney—and her loved ones—are now in serious danger. This stalker isn’t just another online fan: he knows her movements and routine. In fact, he’s right behind her… and when he gets close enough, he won’t take no for an answer. Purchase your copy through Amazon

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Colorado-bred writer, Christina Bergling, knew she wanted to be an author in fourth grade. Limitless Publishing released her novel THE REST WILL COME. Hellbound Books published her two novellas Savages and The Waning. She’s also featured in over 17 horror anthologies, including Collected Christmas Horror Shorts, Graveyard Girls, Carnival of Nightmares, and Demonic Wildlife. Bergling lives with her family in Colorado. She spends her non-writing time hiking, doing yoga and barre, dancing, taking pictures, traveling, and sucking all the marrow out of life. Follow the author on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut who is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms.
Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

Sweet Success for Matt Bille

Congratulations to Matt Bille! His new book, OF BOOKS AND BEASTS: A CRYPTOZOOLOGIST’S LIBRARY, releases on all platforms December 2021. This book is for all those involved with or curious about cryptozoology, the study of hidden animals. OF BOOKS AND BEASTS offers 380 reviews of books from 1930 to 2021 providing useful information on cryptozoology-related sciences such as biology and cryptozoological fiction.

Of Books and Beasts, by: Matt Bille

ABOUT THE BOOK

OF BOOKS AND BEASTS: A CRYPTOZOOLOGIST’S LIBRARY (Hangar1 Publishing, December 2021) collects reviews culled from the author’s 45 years of reading and writing about cryptozoology. The most reliable information about this controversial field is largely held in books, but OF BOOKS AND BEASTS is the first-ever guide readers to help readers to the books they want. In addition to cryptozoology books, there is a guide to authoritative yet accessible works on sciences like anthropology and ecology a cryptozoologist needs to know. Finally, there’s a sample of the most intriguing or influential novels about cryptozoology. Your search for real unknown animals starts here! Copies available from all booksellers in all formats December 1 or direct from the publisher.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Matt Bille is a writer, naturalist, historian, and nerd living in Colorado Springs. Has been writing since he was 16 when he sold a little humor piece to a TV guide, then went on to publish his first book in 1996. Matt has been with PPW since the 1990s. He’s written two books on zoology, two novels, and one NASA-published history. He’s published 20+ papers and articles on everything from Martian soil to the prehistoric armored fish Dunkleosteus. He also shows up at cons dressed as wizard Harry Dresden. Visit him at www.mattbille.com or follow him on Twitter and Facebook.


Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut who is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms.
Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

Sweet Success for Sandi Hoover and Jim Tritten

By: Darby Karchut

Another award for a powerhouse of a writing team! Let’s hear it for Sandi Hoover and Jim Tritten, who recently won a Gold Medal from the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) for their romance novella LOVE AND LIES: CALL ME EVE (January 2021, RhetAskew Publishing)

Love & Lies - Call Me Eve

ABOUT THE BOOK

She sipped her well-chilled, dry martini, taking extra time before answering. “What . . . how much do I tell him? Just want a distraction. Something to fill an evening.”

Eve was sipping a Fiji Moonrise, the house specialty at Fiji’s Natewu Bay Resort’s water’s edge bar, when an unfamiliar baritone asked, “May I buy you a refill? The evening is far too pleasant to spend alone.” Mark Adams proves to be an irresistible diversion during Eve’s trip home from a conference. But when playtime’s up and planes are departing, Eve doesn’t play fair.

Upon her return, Eve receives an unexpected life-changing event and regrets having lied. Mark is faced with a wounded heart and a nearly insurmountable challenge. Join an exciting adventure where true feelings are the catalyst to propel two star-crossed lovers to find each other … again. Copies may be purchased through Amazon.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Sandi Hoover and Jim Tritten are an award-winning writing team from New Mexico. Follow Sandi on Facebook, her Amazon author page, and on Goodreads. Follow Jim on Facebook, his Amazon author page, and on Goodreads.


Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut who is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms.
Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

Sweet Success for Angela La Voie

Congratulations to Angela La Voie! Her essay, “The Icehouse,” is a finalist in the Winston-Salem Writers Flying South contest and appears in the 2021 anthology. Purchase a copy from IndieBound, Barnes & Noble, or your favorite bookstore.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Angela La Voie’s articles, essays, and poems have appeared in an array of publications, including MS-NBC.com, ZDNet, Skirt! magazine, the Santa Fe New Mexican, The Dallas Morning News, Chicago Sun-Times, CUTTHROAT 24, Third Wednesday, Blue Fifth Review: Blue Five Notebook Series, and Typoetic.us. She holds a B.A. in English and communication cum laude (Phi Beta Kappa) from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Angela earned an MFA in poetry and creative nonfiction from Antioch University. She and her husband have two rescue dogs and live in Colorado. Follow the author on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut who is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms.
Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

Sweet Success for Tena Stetler

Tena Stetler is pleased to announce she has signed a new contract with The Wild Rose Press for AN ANGEL’S WYLDER ASSIGNMENT (January 2022). This is her 15th contract with the publisher! Way to go, Tena! Watch for the cover reveal and buy links coming this holiday season.

The Wild Rose Press Inc

ABOUT THE BOOK

Warrior Angel Killian’s annual trip to the family castle in Scotland for a calm, quiet sabbatical from his warrior angel duties is shattered when Legion Commander North arrives with an urgent time travel assignment.

Defying the laws, a rogue demon has escaped back in time by way of the mists in Scotland, why or where it has gone is unknown. But its intent is anything but good.

In an unusual turn of events, Killian’s Native American girlfriend, Chinoah Grace, is included in this rare assignment to the wild west town of Wylder, in the Wyoming Territory of 1878. Nothing is as it seems including visions, spirit quests, and a mysterious shaman. On top of that, blending in as a blacksmith is more physically difficult than Killian imagined. But not as challenging as keeping his hands off his undercover wife.

Tena Stetler

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tena Stetler is a best-selling author of award-winning paranormal romance with an over-active imagination. Her books tell tales of magical kick-ass women and mystical alpha males that dare to love them. Travel, adventure, and a bit of mystery flourish in her books along with a few companion animals to round out the tales. Colorado is home; shared with her husband, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-five-year-old box turtle. When she’s not writing, her time is spent kayaking, camping, hiking, biking or just relaxing in the great Colorado outdoors. Visit the author at www.tenastetler.com.


Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut who is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms.
Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

Sweet Success for Chelsea Harper

By: Darby Karchut

A rousing cheer for Chelsea Harper. She is excited to announce the recent release of her debut political epic fantasy, WAKE OF THE PHOENIX, book one of the Artifice of Power Saga.

Wake of the Phoenix, by: Chelsea Harper

ABOUT THE BOOK

War Hero. Thiefmaster’s apprentice. Traitor. Every title comes with a price.

Arkaen sacrificed his childhood innocence fighting in a civil war and relinquished a comfortable life with the man he loves to rule as high lord. Now, an enemy is manipulating his subjects, including the powerful Rogue Baron, who questions Arkaen’s every move.

Arkaen’s near-omniscient lover’s gift of foresight reveals a potential ally in Niamsha, a thief. But Niamsha owes an insurmountable debt to the leader of her thieves guild and failing to pay means death—for her entire family. When her guild leader demands she aid the Rogue Baron, she finds herself torn between protecting her family or her conscience.

If Arkaen wins Niamsha’s loyalty, he might prevent a second war and the destruction of everything he fought to protect. Or he might get them all killed.

Purchase a copy from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other booksellers.

Author Chelsea Harper

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chelsea Harper is the author and publisher of WAKE OF THE PHOENIX, book one of the Artifice of Power Saga. She lives in Colorado with her husband, daughter, two dogs, one cat, and countless imaginary friends. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys games from World of Warcraft to Elder Scrolls to tabletop RPGs, and even the occasional board game. Visit the author at www.musingsmythosmagic.com.   


Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut who is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms.
Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.