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Since more than a week of February has already passed by, I’m a little late with 2019 planning. Nevertheless, I persist because I’m a planning sort of woman. Without a plan – regardless of how often I actually look at it – my life feels scattered and without purpose. Pity my poor husband!

The problem this year is settling on priorities as you can see from the diagram above. (I put it in diagram form for easier understanding.)

On the writing front, in 2018, I completely rewrote The Admiral’s Wife – also referred to as the Hong Kong novel. I’ve also worked with Jenny Quinlan to edit Paris in Ruins (written in 2017) and should I choose to self-publish that novel (my agent was unsuccessful finding a publisher), Jenny has also given me some ideas for a cover.

And my mind is bubbling with a new story – in fact, I have three new story ideas, but one has to work on one at a time! Or, at least, I do!

Beyond writing novels, there’s the blog beast to feed (you don’t win awards without putting in the effort!), the historical fiction and author community to support (love my fellow authors and bloggers) and the dreaded marketing and promotion arena to revitalize. I did almost no marketing in 2018 and my sales suffered mightily.

So friends, a little more thinking is required in order to make the best use of my time. All suggestions and comments are welcome!

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M.K. Tod writes historical fiction. Her latest novel, TIME AND REGRET was published by Lake Union. Mary’s other novels, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED are available from Amazon, NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. She can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads or on her website www.mktod.com.