A New Year Dawns

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Well, we’ve just about made it through 2020 and that’s a good thing, but we must not forget those who didn’t. I know some of you lost friends and family members this year, and words can’t adequately express my sadness for the many lives lost. Articles, blogs, books, and documentaries have and will be written about this year. These days, I choose to reflect on what I’ve learned and to think about new goals for 2021.

As far as writing goes, I intend to follow through with some of the goals I mentioned earlier this month. After researching the pros and cons, I’ve finally been persuaded that building an email list is a good marketing strategy. Now, I just need to decide which server best suits my needs.

As you might have noticed, I’ve been working on branding and came up with a logo, with my daughter’s help, and finally updated my blog sidebar. I’ve also given my website a new look. There’s always something to do isn’t there? With restrictions still in place in our area, I’ve had plenty of time to work on these tasks after a morning of editing.

About this time last year, I set a goal of sorting through bins of the kids’ old schoolwork and recycling as much as I could. I finally tackled the project this week, which has actually been fun. I’ve been their reading class journal entries from grades three and four. In one, my daughter wrote that she wanted to be a writer. I remember that. In university, she chose an accounting career because she’s incredibly bright and well aware that a writing income doesn’t pay off mortgages unless you’re one of those rare souls. She’s always had an artistic bent and drew beautiful pictures in her elementary school days. Since she’s been on maternity leave she’s started drawing again. In our family, one of the most interesting outcomes of COVID is that my son has also taken up drawing. My husband’s enjoyed this hobby on and off for years but he also developed a passion for photography this year. It’s amazing to see them nurture their artistic side.

2020 definitely had some awesome moments for me, like retiring from the day job and the birth of my granddaughter, but I’ll always look back on it with mixed emotions. Meanwhile, I’ll greet 2021 with the same optimism I usually have when a new year starts. I wish you all a happy, creative, and prosperous 2021!

Author: debrapurdykong

I'm a British Columbia author who's been writing for over 30 years. My volunteer experiences, criminology diploma, and security work inspired me to write the Casey Holland transit security novels set in Metro Vancouver. I'm also a part-time facilitator in Creative Writing Workshops through Port Moody's Recreation program. Feel free to contact me at dpurdykong@gmail.com

10 thoughts on “A New Year Dawns”

  1. I was interested in your decision to start an e-newsletter and list. I shall be interested in your results.
    When I did it for my nonfiction books, it was a flop. Also for BLS’s newsletter. But it may just be the kind of books, etc.
    Fiction is such a different cat altogether!
    I looooove your logo. Well done both of you.
    Wishing you an abundant and creative 2021.
    Stay well,

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    1. Thank you, Julie. I’m so happy you like the logo! Part of the research I’ve done regarding newsletters is to read a fantastic book recommended to me called Newsletter Ninja. It really put things in perspective and made it clear that mail lists are a marathon that take a while to build but are worth the effort, and yes, fiction is quite different from nonfiction. I’ve also taken two terrific workshops through the Creative Academy that helped. We’ll see how it goes. Part of my list building will involve doing free and discounted promos through BookFunnel. Promotion is so different than it was a few year ago.


  2. I immediately saw the new logo as I clicked on your newest blog post in my inbox and arrived at your site. Love the look and the catchphrase, but I did have to zoom in to read the font. It might be me though, as I have bad eyes!

    Fun to have everyone’s creative side come out during Covid. Sitting still in one place certainly helped me in my publishing endeavor. My best wishes to you and yours for the new year, Deb! I look forward to reading about your goals for 2021.

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  3. I use both AWeber and MailChimp. They’re both easy to use. AWeber has some stuff MailChimp doesn’t but MailChimp charges for a bunch of stuff I don’t use. That’s why I switched. I’m not a power user!

    Best of holidays and new year, Debra!

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  4. A great logo. Good luck with the email newsletter idea.
    I’ve also taken up an artistic hobby — playing the piano again. I had lessons when I was 8 and 9 and rarely touched a keyboard after that until this last year.

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