Monday, January 6, 2014

Writing Goals, Personal Goals and a Giveaway with Paula Millhouse

Happy New Year, Readers!

Today we’re talking about plans for the New Year, Goals, and What’s Next…

Ah, the New Year’s celebration is always filled with those pesky resolutions…

The real question is, how many of us follow through on those resolutions? Are your resolutions something you really took time to plan in December, or are they a knee-jerk reaction to your ultimate end of the year wishes?

I separated my 2014 resolutions into Personal Goals and Writing Goals for the New Year.

My personal goals include on following through on my exercise regimen, cultivating an attitude of gratitude, and using my calendar for better time management.

Now, with my writing goals I have several projects planned this year. One is to complete my second novel in my series of The Kingdom of Chalvaren Romances, which details the story of King Lachlan Elias and his queen, Elissabet, and how they fell in love. Another writing goal is to draw an audience of readers to my new website,, by hosting pay-it-forward blog posts with important reader information.

So, how do we keep our goals from being simple New Year’s Resolutions that get tossed out on January 2nd?

By using Objectives.
Using time-specific Objectives related to you Goals will propel your resolutions from simple ideas to realities.

Here’s how I do it:

  1. Write out your Goals.
  2. Underneath your broad general goal, write out time-specific objectives.

For instance, under the objective for my personal goal of following through on my exercise regimen, I’d list that I will do fifteen minutes of Pilates or Yoga, three times per week, on Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s at 6 a.m. The more specific I name my objectives the more likely my brain will cooperate and bring my objective into fruition.

Follow through on my exercise regimen
15 minutes of Pilates or Yoga, 3X/week, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6 a.m.

Personal Goal of better time management:

Objective:  I will write out my tasks in my calendar on Sunday night every week. For any tasks I haven’t completed during the week, I’ll transfer those tasks forward to next week’s to-do list on my Sunday meeting with myself and my calendar.

I’ll be able to manage my time better this way.

Thanks for hosting me today @ The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom. I hope all your readers find something valuable here. Hopefully some of these goal related time management techniques will turn your New Year’s resolutions into realities.

My wish for your New Year is you’ll find loads of extra time on your hands to check out my romantic suspense stories in The Wishes Chronicles, and my new website.

Happy New Year!

Careful What You Wish For…
The Wishes Chronicles
Book 1
Paula Millhouse

Genre: Romantic Suspense

ISBN 13: 978-1468029567

Number of pages: 368
Word Count: 66K

Cover Artist: Paula Millhouse

Book Description:

Author Evie Longfellow wants to stay alive long enough to write her fourth New York Times Best Seller. She accepts a blind date that changes everything sane in her life. Drugged, kidnapped, and horrified Evie escapes and runs for her life with evidence the FBI needs to nail one of their most wanted.

TV Psychologist Dr. Nick Franklin wants to help Evie with her goals. He hides her from a sadistic mafia kingpin, and even though he doesn’t trust his judgment when it comes to the diagnosis of love, he senses Evie may just be the story of his life.
Hit man Tony Aiello plans to do whatever it takes to protect Miss Aida Marino and her Fortune 500 company. He chases Evie and Nick from New York City to the wilds of rural Vermont to recover the stolen evidence threatening to take Miss Aida down, and faces off with evil in a showdown that brings hometown justice to life.

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All Your Wishes…
The Wishes Chronicles
Book 2
Paula Millhouse

Genre: Romantic Suspense/Thriller

ISBN-13: 978-1468069402

Number of pages: 348
Word Count: 61K

Cover Artist: Paula Millhouse

Book Description:

A Christmas Story to warm your heart.

Dr. Nick Franklin finds himself falling hard for the love of his life, Evie Longfellow. Hunted by a mafia princess, Evie’s terrified something’s wrong, and revenge won’t let her rest.

Tia Marino figures the person who killed her father is his last victim - Evie Longfellow - the only one that ever got away from Paulie Marino. Tia plans to kill Evie in front of her grandmother just before she takes Miss Aida’s place as the new queen of Marino Industries. Hostile-takeovers have never seen the likes of Tia.

Nick’s not gonna have it.

He’ll do anything to protect Evie, even if it means aligning himself with Miss Aida’s hit-man, Tony Aiello.

Follow Nick and Evie from their simple home in the winter wonderland of Vermont down to New York City in their race to stay alive, and out of the hands of a new generation of criminals intent on tearing them apart.

ALL YOUR WISHES… Book 2 in THE WISHES CHRONICLES torches up 60,000 words with Romantic Suspense.

Christmas has never been so hot.

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About the Author:

Paula Millhouse grew up in Savannah, Georgia where Spanish moss whispers tales in breezes from the Atlantic Ocean, and the Intracoastal Waterway. As a child Paula soaked in the sunshine and heritage of cobblestones, pirate lore, and stories steeped in savory mysteries of the south.

She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, the Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal Writers specialty chapter, and the KOD Mystery and Suspense Writer’s specialty chapter. She achieved the opportunity to become a member of the distinguished RWA designation of PRO after submitting her first full-length romance novel for publication in 2013.

In the southern tradition of storytellers, she loves sharing the lives of her characters with readers, and following her muse on the quest for happily-ever-afters. She writes fantasy romance and romantic suspense.
She lives with her hero, her husband of twenty-five years at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains with their pack and pride of furry babies.

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Paula Millhouse said...

Happy New Year, Wenona!

Thanks for hosting me today and my blog post on time management. Do you have any specific Green New Year's Resolutions this method might help you maintain?

Charles F Millhouse said...

Great blog post Paula. Time management is important in everything we do in life. Writing it seems takes more than just goals but perseverance and fortitude. Working a 40 hour a week job, helping run a house hold with my wife and making sure our sons are on the right course (and that’s an even harder chore now that they are older) leaves little time to sit and create. Tired as I might be in the evenings after work, I sit down every night and try to write something. My personal goal is ten thousand words a week, which averages out to about two thousand a day, give or take, depending how tired I am when I get home.

2014 is filled with three projects I want to publish. Writing is only part of the process. Once I factor in cover design, blog tours, promotions and my planned convention appearances this year the creating process can get lost. So working out monthly, weekly and even daily goals are what keeps me on course - if I don’t get distracted by a squirrel or something.

Happy writing everyone.

Paula Millhouse said...

Thanks for stopping by, Charles!

It sounds like your schedule is as full as mine. I don't plan every single detail of my writing life, but I've found more success with the tasks I keep in my calendar.

Maybe I'll get a calendar with squirrels...

Happy writing indeed!

Neridia Succubus said...
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Wenona said...

Time management is the best and most productive goal to keep everything on track.

As for green resolutions and solutions....I think many writers already utilize this just by being digital. No one really uses paper and typewriters anymore. I rarely print things out unless necessary. Digital is great for being green.

Neridia Succubus said...

Great post- thanks

Paula Millhouse said...

Oh, Hi Wenona and Neridia -

Well, I must confess, I'm almost totally digital, but my calendar is still paper. I use it as a journal too, so since I keep those as reference books and don't toss them at the end of the year, then I guess that counts as green.

I rarely print anything out anymore either.

Thanks for chiming in.

Samantha MacDouglas said...


Thank you for the tips on goal setting. There's nothing worse than setting goals for yourself and not being able to meet them. So I really appreciate the tips on how to get from setting to completing!

Paula Millhouse said...

Thanks for the visit, Samantha.
It seems so simple, the weekly objectives - the trick is having the discipline to follow through.

Good luck with your journey, and your Goals.