Welcoming the New Year – Take Two

resetJanuary was not the start I had hoped for (more ER visits). So, I’m calling a do-over. My energy, physical stamina, and creativity were caput. Often people say to push through it, just write, and honestly, that does work in most situations. It doesn’t work when you’re at the point where you nap whenever you have a free moment.

What to do?


Shake Things Up

I decided to shake things up and went on a road trip — stuffed my face with Texas barbecue and crawfish etouffee and walked along the gulf. It was like hitting the reset button. Now, to see if I can write!

Time will tell…but I did write this post. So there!

To start this New Year off, I’ll tell ya’ll a bit about my new story. It’s a multi-strand plotline with three POVs. I hear you asking, “Why would you do that to yourself?” The answer is simple. The story just dictated itself that way.

What is a multi-strand plotline you ask?

I had to do a reverse search to find out what I was writing was called. A multi-strand plotline is when there are two or more main plot lines. They often weave in and out of each other, coming together at the end. Now, to see if I can pull it off!

And now trip pics!

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questionHow do you reset? How has 2017 been treating you? Been to any of those places?


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Updated: March 5, 2017 — 9:20 pm


  1. Sorry about all the ER visits. A trip sounds like a great way to reset.

  2. Sounds like the trip was a wonderful way to hit the reset button. Hope all is better after all the ER visits. I like multi-strand plotlines, they keep you wondering all it's all going to come together. Good luck with your writing.

    1. The plotline is fun, but tricky.

  3. You went beyond the Gulf there!

    It's easy to get stuck in a rut. We need to break that to recharge our energy and view on life. I hope it made a big difference for you, especially with your health.

    1. True, but it was just a beautiful getting there. 🙂

  4. What a fantastic way to reset! Love those pics. Good luck with the new story!

    1. It was fantastic and delicious. 😉

  5. Ugh. Sorry for all the ER trips. Those are exhausting. Had too many of those last year with myself and family. Hopefully, the rest of the year goes smoothly for you.

    1. Thanks. They really are exhausting.

  6. I'm so sorry to hear your January was exhausting. I wish you a much better time of it now. I usually write 2 POVs, but the one I'm doing now has 5: 2 main MCs, their young daughter, a female friend, and a goofy deputy as comic relief. Since I write thrillers, I've found multi POVs allow you to hop around with the action and have fewer transition (= boring) chapters. Good luck with your 3 POVs – you can do it!!!

    1. Wow five! That sounds like fun.

  7. LOVE the pictures. But even more I love, love, love that you're recharged and ready to kick some asses. I used plural, given your povs. Happy Monday & Boogie Boogie.

    1. Thanks. Happy Monday to you too!

  8. It sounds like you found a good way to reset. We all deserve a fresh beginning to the year from time to time. Good luck with your new story!

    1. Thanks. Sometimes we have to reset multiple times, but eventually it sticks.:)

  9. I hope you’re back to 100%. The ER is no place to start a new year. Fortunately there’s plenty of time left in 2017. And travel is wondrous thing. Sometimes distance actually brings things into focus.

    I’ve been trying to reset for the last couple of months, but I can’t seem to find the button. I’m searching though.

    1. It's hard to find it, but getting away, for me, was great. I saw beautiful things, laughed with locals, and relaxed.

  10. So far, so good for 2017. I like that you took a trip and did a reboot. Sometimes, shaking things up is the only way to move forward.

  11. Hope you are feeling much better! A reset is a good idea, I think, and probably something we all need to do regularity. Thanks for sharing the photos. Glad you had a good time.

    1. You're right. We often forget how important it is to reset even when everything is going okay.

  12. So happy to hear you're better! What a great trip. You weren't far from me when you were on the Colorado. Wish we could have met. Hope you had fun, loved the BBQ, and dipped your toes in the Gulf.

    1. Oh snap! Maybe next time. I will go back, it was so great.

  13. Nothing like a great road trip to divert the mind. I've been to or near all those places pictured. I like the crawfish etouffee but my wife won't even try it. She does like the Texas barbecue though. We usually make at least one stop to a Rudy's BBQ when we're in the state. It's a chain, but it's darn good.

    Arlee Bird
    <a href="http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/">Tossing It Out</a>

    1. I'll keep a look for Rudy's next time.

  14. Hi Holly – sounds like the trip was what was needed …life can get in the way sometimes. You went miles! Wonderful … if I did that I'd have driven to Iceland and back … difficult to say the least! But glad you enjoyed your time … places I'd love to visit one day … cheers Hilary

    1. It's amazing how far you can get in the US. The geology, scenery everything changes so much.

  15. That's a rough start to a year. ER visits? I hope things are on the mend, and I'm glad the road trip helped out some.

    I've hit the reset button before, though it's been over a decade since. I wrecked my car, and then less than a week later, I slammed the front end of my brother's car into a pole (his car was much longer than mine). I was a blubbering mess, so I went through and reintroduced myself to everyone with the comment that I was starting over. Thankfully, I haven't felt the need to hit the reboot button since.

    1. Wow, that was a rough time. Knocks on wood, you'll never need it again.

  16. Sorry about the ER visits, but good on you that you went on a trip for a reset. Wishing you the best with your health and goals for the rest of the year.

  17. That's a bummer about the ER visits, but what a great way to hit reset! I don't even know what crawfish etouffee is, but my mouth is watering. I just like food.

    The story sounds really intriguing, too. I guess three POVs isn't crazy. We write from each of our POVs, so what's throwing one more on top of that?

    1. It is a bummer. Ah, a good etouffee is heaven.

  18. Hope you have a good restart and things continue to go well! Your new WIP sounds intriguing. Look forward to hearing more.

  19. Those pics are amazing!
    Nothing like a getaway to rejuvenate the flagging spirits.

    The word 'etouffee' jumped out at me. I have no idea what it is, so it's off to Dr. Google. *few minutes later* I'm back. It said – a spicy Cajun stew made with vegetables and seafood. Sounds delicious!

  20. Sounds like the trip did the trick.
    Love the pics.
    And yep, sometimes a story just demands to be told the way it wants to be told.

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