Monday, January 6, 2020

Unplugging and a New-Release Excerpt from Jean C. Gordon

How are unplugging and a new-release excerpt connected? You'll see. But first, some background.

I don't do New Year resolutions. I haven't in a long time because I don't stick to them. What I do do is use the week between Christmas and New Years to look back on my writing accomplishments--and in some years, bombs--and plan my new writing year. I also reconcile the family finances for the old year and plan for the new one. Both my look backs and look forwards involve Excel spreadsheets, which I view as a fun challenge.

And for the past few years, I've done something else. I've chosen a word for the year. For 2020, my word is Unplug--not in sense of unplugging from electronics, but to remind me I don't have to be in the ON mode doing something every minute. It's okay to sit down on the couch to read without metering a limit such as only 20 minutes, then do something "constructive." It's even okay to sit and just look out the window at the snow falling.

To help me unplug, I've also chosen a song for 2020: "Free and Easy" (Down the Road I Go) by Dierks Bentley to remind me to slow down. And I bought a Seasons day-planner from Planner Pads to keep my planning, both professional and personal, organized and reasonable, so I don't feel there must be something else I should be doing. If it's not in the planner, I don't need to do it.

Who's with me about unplugging? For a trial run, I have an excerpt from my January 3, 2020 release No Time for Detours that you can unplug from life's demands and read guilt-free. A link to the excerpt follows the book description.

Can She Balance Law School and Love?
Ava Lewis needs to prove herself to her family and the world. Nick Jansen has a penchant for fixing things. But after his grand-gesture-fix detours Ava's career, will they see their love is strong enough to handle anything life tosses their way?

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The No Brides Club Series: A group of women friends makes a pact not to let love interfere with their careers. Could meeting the right man at the wrong time cause them to break their vows? A new book in this multi-author series will release the 1st Friday of each month through September 2020. I have another one No Time for Adventure coming out in August. (All books can be read as standalones.)

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  1. Margaret--The whole series has beautiful covers. I LOVE the dress chosen for No Time for Deturs.

  2. I love this idea, Jean, to just unplug. It's OK to take quiet moments for ourselves and reflect.

  3. Jean, thanks for sharing your thoughts about unplugging.

  4. We are unplugging currently in the mountains. I love getting away for a few days.

  5. Your approach to the new year sounds wise, Jean. I always love the idea of unplugging. Sometimes I even accomplish it. ;) Happy New Year!