2015. It’s here. Holy moly but did 2014 fly by. I find that a little unnerving. But enough about that old year.
It’s 2015 baby!
It just sounds like a productive year.
This year I did make writing goals. Currently, I’m developing mini goals to help obtain my yearly goals. It’s a year of planning!
Here’s a sampling of my 2015 goals:
- write up a post on the successes, failures, ups, and downs of my blog tour — including if it generated any book sales
- post a new personality profile (like the cupcake and genre one)
- finish up two new flash fiction stories by the end of this month
After reading a lot of crafting books and articles (I hate the term “crafting books” by the way) on writing and platforming, I created an author logline or slogan, if you will. Maybe it will give you and new visitors insight into my writing. Maybe it will help me focus and stay on track. Hopefully, it will do both.
It is… drum roll please…“out of shadows”
Let me tell you, those three words were hard to come up with and I went back and forth with a couple of people about whether or not a “the” should be included making it “out of the shadows”. We all decided the simpler one left more to the imagination. It has several meanings…
- out of shadows comes monsters
- out of shadows comes the ugly in people
- out of shadows nothing can hide
I’ve adapted my header accordingly.
Now, for the things you need to know before moving forward.
2015 is the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies
A United Nations observance that aims to raise awareness of the achievements of light science and its applications, and its importance to humankind.
The 2015 Panetone Color of the Year
The past few years the colors have been much brighter, this year it’s darker, richer. It’s Marsala. “Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.”
As much as Panetone’s color picks for the years and seasons influence furniture, fashion, movies, and so on, so does McCormick’s Flavor Forecast. Did you know they are credited with bringing the chipotle chile to our attention and the pumpkin spice trend?
Prepare your palate for this year’s Flavor Forecast
- Global Spice Blends: Shawarma Spice Blend, a Middle Eastern street food favorite made with cumin, cinnamon, black pepper, and more. Japanese 7 Spice (Shichimi Togarashi), a pungent combination of chilies, sesame, orange zest, nori and more. —think Shawarma
- Liquid Revolution: Fresh purees and juices blend with bold spices and herbs to intensify sauces, pasta, dressings, and more ̶ providing a fun, delicious way to enjoy an extra serving of fruits and veggies. –think Carrot Ginger-tini
- Middle Eastern Mezze: These distinctive dips and spreads, packed with zesty herbs and seasonings, offer an approachable and delicious introduction to a vibrant global cuisine. –think Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Spread
- Sour + Salt: Combining coarse salt with surprising sours like pickled ginger, sour cherry, dried mango, and lemon zest results in a lively finishing flavor that lends brightness and texture to dishes. –think Mango Curry Lime Salt
- Smoked Spices: Smoking spices and herbs deepens their flavor and aroma, adding richness to meals and drinks. –think Peachy Bourbon with Smoked Cinnamon Bitters
- Cookies Reimagined: Classic spiced cookie flavors take new form in decadent, imaginative desserts that redefine “milk and cookies.” –think Gingersnap Creme Brulee
- Flavor Worth the Wait!: Lift the lid to discover the rich flavors from recipes around the world that meld aromatic spices and comforting ingredients into mouthwatering slow-cooked meals. –think Osso Buco
- Umami Veggies: For a fresh way to savor the tempting “fifth taste,” look no further than naturally umami-rich veggies like mushrooms, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and nori. –think Mediterranean Pasta with Fire Roasted Tomatoes
Have you set goals? Are you going to run out an buy something the color of marsala? Which of the new flavors appeals to you the most?
Side note: I tried to escape the flu germs being flung at me at every turn, but I missed once and now I’m sick. I may not respond or make the rounds right away, but I will when I can. 🙂
picture of shawarma courtesy of Schellack, Wikipedia.org
postit image made by me and openclipart.org
color swatch by me