Looking AHEAD to 2015

As 2014 winds down I find that I do not want to look back at the past year at all.  Instead, I want to forge ahead with bigger and better things!  I love the freshness that comes with starting a new year.  I have my brand new blog calendar which I already started using.  I am a planner or maybe I should say a chronicler.  I like to write down what I have posted and when.  I feel like it grounds me.  In fact, I write down all sorts of things on my calendar.  Appointments, when I upgraded my cable, when I ordered something, and even what I planted in the garden and when.  I know this attention to detail is part of who I am so I just deal with it.  All this detail has saved me many times in my life.

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I have big plans this year.  The Swamp Fairy (blog and book writing) will occupy a good portion of my time.  I am excited to write my first novel.  I always wanted to write a children’s book for older kids and this story really speaks to me.  The Swamp Fairy is going to take us through time and history.  It promises to be fun reading.  My daughter Tabitha, will be doing the illustrations for the book.  It is so fulfilling to work with my oldest daughter on a project we both love – even though we are cross-country, as she is in California and I am in Florida.  I think all those wonderful stories I read to her as a child really rubbed off!

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I am looking forward to continuing Writer’s Quote Wednesday, where we showcase our photographic and writing talent by making up our own quotes, or sharing quotes from our favorite authors.  This year I want to get more in-depth with the quote and the author, by adding names of books, poetry, and music to the mix.

Believe it or not, a quote from a piece of music is just as inspiring as a quote that you read.  So, be ready to participate with videos and words, photos, and any other media you can come up with.  I would love to hear some quotes spoken…ohhh voice threads!  I will have to learn how to do that!

Writer's Quote Wed 2015

I love being part of my friend Ronovan’s Lit World Interviews where I write book reviews to share the works of some great writer’s we have here on WordPress and in the world.  Book reviews are a necessary part of the world today.  This is how many independent authors are able to reach out to readers and introduce them to their work.  Read a book and write a review, be it on Amazon, Goodreads, anywhere you can.  Tell what you think with constructive criticism and be nice!  Frankly, I have only read a few bad books out there.  Reading is money and time well spent.  Support authors and read!

I have many other ideas rolling around in my brain, so stay tuned…

One last thing – I do have to share photos of my winter garden.  Not many places you can live allow the luxury of growing any vegetables in the winter.  I have the perfect spot here in Pensacola, Florida.

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Taken on Christmas day, broccoli and cabbage in my small shed garden.

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A nice cabbage is starting to form.

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Broccoli.  Did you know that you can eat the leaves too?  Tastes like broccoli!

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More cabbages and broccoli.

There are many great things ahead for all of us in 2015!  Happy New Year and I look forward to spending another great year with my old and new friends.  Thank you for all the great support and confidence you have passed on to me in 2014.  I am sending my best wishes for a happy and successful year to all of you in whatever you do!  Bring it on 2015!

Happy NY 2015

50 thoughts on “Looking AHEAD to 2015

  1. Wishing you a wonderful year ahead Colleen and I’m very excited about your Swamp Fairies book! Thank you for your support with my books and blogs this year. I will be toasting you and all my blogging friends on New Year’s Day – to our friendships, new partnerships and future projects. May they all be successful! Sending you huge hugs xxx

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  2. Happy new year! Looking forward to try some of your challenges in 2015, not been brave enough so far 😉 and since i love books and read a lot i will start to write book review’s! Its such a great way to give back. Might even add it to my blog! Lots and lots of blessings for the new year ⭐️

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  3. I too have a large planner to keep track of things. In my dads stuff all of his calenders have reminder us kids of things we forgot. They are, after all, history. I look forward to more of The Swamp Fairy…it is so magical and childrens books are a bit basic these days. So upward and onward Collen. cheers

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  4. Happy New Year, Colleen.

    Thank you for becoming a new part of my life in 2014. It’s been wonderful to read your work and see your photography and I wish you every success with your Swamp Fairy novel. I’ll be one of the first to download it.

    Wishing Ron, You, Sugar and Spice lots of happiness and continued success in the New Year.
    Best wishes

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  5. I’m ready to look forward and leave 2014 behind. I have really enjoyed participating in and reading others on Writer’s Quote Wednesdays and I’m looking forward to the 2015 version.:) Best of luck in your book writing- it’s such an exciting feeling, isn’t it?

    Happy New Year!


    1. It is exciting Kat! Although, I see all the trials and tribulations that many authors go through I panic myself. I am just going to take it slow and steady. I love our WQW too. I have some other ideas too… Thank you for your friendship. I look forward to reading more of your writing. ❤

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    1. We surely do Amanda. Please continue the fine work that you do. I have been so motivated and inspired by your Pixel Prose Challenge. Thanks for your wonderful friendship these past months. I look forward to many more! Happy New Year!

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  6. It’s wonderful to hear your plans for 2015. Your energy and sense of purpose impresses me. I love your cabbage and broccoli – your many and various photos are great art. I’m looking forward to more of Swamp Fairy. And most of all, I want to say thanks for reading and making comments on my blog. The Word Press Annual Individual Report tells me you are a staunch supporter of mine. Many blessings to you for the coming year and much love. ❤


    1. Oh yes I love to read your writings. Your stories have been wonderful. Thank you for supporting me also in my writing endeavors. We are lucky to be part of such a supportive community. Glad to have found you! Happy New Year and may it be filled with love and happiness! ❤


    1. Terri you are absolutely wonderful to say that. Thank you so much. I am excited about the Swamp Fairy too. It will be an excellent year. I can feel it. Happy Retirement to you and Happy New Year! Looking forward to seeing much more of you! 🙂 ❤

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  7. Hello Colleen, I’ve missed those white hair of yours and the quotes too :). I can see you have so much to do this year. Looking forward to reading your book…much grace. Hugs and a Wonder-filled New Year to you!

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    1. Oh how I have missed your cheerful posts! Thank you and Happy New Year to you also. I am writing a book about the swamp fairies. This will be geared toward older children but, who knows? Hopefully everyone will love it! Thank you for your vote of confidence. I appreciate you so much! ❤

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      1. Way to go Colleen. I’m looking forward to actually publish at least one of the many ones I’ve written too (not stories, mostly poems). So I’m excited that you are! I’m sure the book will be loved, you write beautifully. Hugs.

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