2015: Sign me up, Scotty!

Happy New Year!Celebrate

About this time every year, I sit down and write a blog post detailing my goals for the year. This year, I’m going to break from tradition and not do that. Why? Because my overall theme of 2015 can be summed up in three simple words:

Be More Awesomer.

This is going to be a big year for me; a great year. A year of Adventure and Authenticity and Awareness. Yes, a AAA-rated year. And while I have my own smaller, bite-sized goals, I don’t need to share them to make them a reality.

(Look, I’m getting all grown-up-ified.)

There are some exciting things on the horizon for me, and I’m looking forward to sharing them all with you — and, of course, to continuing to share the occasional foray into writing about parenthood, social justice, and world events.

But, for right now, let me stick to my announcement of the day. I am incredibly excited and proud to say that I am a new monthly contributor for the amazing Writer Unboxed — a blog that has been named one of the top websites for writers by Writer’s Digest for the last eight years in a row. It is a HUGE honour to be there, and I am alternately overwhelmed with joy and positive the writer-police are about to show up at my door and demand to see my credentials.


My first post went live today. Click here and have a read. I talk about ants, naked druids, and flash fiction. And then I roll out a year-long Flash Fiction competition. I’d love to see you over there, and would love it even more if you’d participate in the contest.

But wait, there’s more. (And no, it’s not steak knives.)

With so many exciting things on the horizon, I’ve decided that it’s time to take the plunge and set up a mailing list. If you enjoy my writing, are interested in what I’ve got going on, and would like yet another way to keep in touch, I’d love it if you would sign up for my newsletter: Words and Stuff.

“But, what’s in it for me?” you ask.

Well, aside from all the stuff I just mentioned, here’s a brief FAQ:

Do I really have to do this? I mean, my email inbox is always so full…

No, of course you don’t. Signing up is completely optional But I guarantee that if you do sign up, you’ll never regret it. (Not a guarantee.)

You’re not going to email me every day, are you? Because that would be super-annoying.

Really, who has time for that? I’ll be sending out a newsletter twice a month.

Give it to me straight: You just want our email addresses so you can sell your mailing list to some big multi-national telemarketing conglomerate and use the proceeds to buy yourself an island paradise, don’t you?

Uh…. I don’t know what planet you live on, but I’d love to come and visit. No, I won’t give or sell your details to anyone else. Even if they offer me an island paradise in return.

Will your newsletter include the same stuff as your blog? I already subscribe to The Happy Logophile.

No, my newsletter may touch on some of the same things, but it will be an entirely different animal. Possibly a bat. So if you want the whole picture, stay subscribed to my blog (or subscribe now — there’s a button just over there on the right sidebar) as well as signing up for Words and Stuff. And, while you’re at it, you may also want to follow me on Twitter and/or Facebook. Let’s share the love, people.

So… a newsletter means I get Free Stuff, right?

Actually, yes. Each edition of my newsleter will give you exclusive access to a piece of my short fiction. It’s quite a while since I’ve posted any fiction on my blog, and I know you’ve been missing it, so consider this the carrot to encourage you to sign up. (Sadly, I left the stick at home.)

This all sounds too good to be true! How do I sign up?

I’m glad you asked. Just click here and fill out the sign up form. It should take about 5 seconds (unless you’ve forgotten how to spell your name).

Thanks for all your support throughout 2014. Let’s have a great 2015, my friends!

What do you have planned for this exciting new year?


Filed under Opinion, Writing

18 responses to “2015: Sign me up, Scotty!

  1. Yay! I like this year’s goal. Mind if I adopt it? 😉
    All signed up for the newsletter. I’ve just started sign up for my own so it will be good to see what other writers include in theirs. Looking forward to the short fiction.
    Congrats on the Writer Unboxed invite, you’ll do great. Am already planning my entry to the flash fiction comp you so brilliantly introduced.
    Keep up the good work Jo 🙂

  2. Signed up. How you like Mail Chimp (excuse me Mail Kimp 😉 )?

  3. Congratulations.

    Current high-level plans for 2015:
    Publish the second volume of Greenstar
    Publish the first volume in two other projects
    Publish another short-story collection

  4. I am so thrilled for you! Congrats on the WU gig! Wowza! Obviously, from the wowza and all the exclamation points I’m overwhelmed and have had too much coffee. I’m signing up for your newsletter, because obviously I need more Aussie Jo in my life (this is what my kids and I call you at home because I also have a sis named Jo).

    Bring on the New Year!

  5. Congratulations and Happy New Year Jo – I’m sure 2015 will be your AAA year with that approach! All the best & I look forward to the newsletter x

  6. Wow, big congratulations. It looks like this year is going to be a big one for you.

    Glad you’re back and looking forward to lots more flash-fictiony-and-blog-posty-goodness.

    Oh, will sign up for your newsletter as well, and if I can sort it I’ll go for the Flash Fiction challenge too. It all depends on time as I can’t afford 2015 to be a wallow-fest like It was last year.

    My objectives are here (http://wp.me/p3S5lu-dr)

  7. I started my own newsletter last December. But my publishing schedule is only once a month or less. Because I’m too scattered. Anyway, I’ve signed up. I’ll be interested to see what you do with it and to read your work.

    Also, yay again on being over at WU.

  8. JES

    “Possibly a bat”: ha! That line pretty much sums up why this will be worth reading.

    Congratulations on the AAA-level resolution! (Actually AAAA, if you count Awesomer, but I think three A’s is just fine. 🙂 )

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