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The 39 Clues for Another Happy Year


I thought that since life is an everyday occurrence, I would just update my birthday list from last year and keep a running tally of goals.

  1. Keep up the morning exercise regimen. It’s good for the heart (and chips away at the mommy hips). (DONE! But I’m keeping it on the list because it’s a good goal.)
  2. Write, write, write.
  3. Learn to be more patient.
  4. Find a literary agent.
  5. Make it to PRO status with the Romance Writers of America.
  6. Join the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
  7. Get Peggy Noodle, Hula Hoop Queen into 50 independent bookstores across the nation. Feel free to help me out on this one. 🙂
  8. Kick ass in the co-ed adult soccer league the mister signed us up for. And don’t get too bruised that I’ll be embarrassed to hoop on stage on my Peggy Noodle, Hula Hoop Queen book tour.
  9. Send a handwritten letter to a different person every week. Some duplication of recipients is okay.
  10. Find five new cocktails to add to my repertoire.
  11. Find a really good recipe for chocolate pound cake.
  12. Get back in the habit of reading with my son every night. He’s not too old, and neither am I.
  13. Decide if it’s time to color the gray, or let it go a little longer.
  14. Attend at least one HCRW monthly meeting.
  15. Take Maggie May on a lengthy walk everyday. I seem to be the only bi-ped in the house capable of this, so I need to step up to the challenge.
  16. Brush up on my practical Spanish so I won’t have to be content with three- or four-word sentences anymore.
  17. Find a company to fence in the back yard so Magnolia May can run until her heart’s content.
  18. Run a 5K with the boys.
  19. Get back to golfing.
  20. Take the kayaks out on Sunday afternoons this spring and summer … and try new bodies of water.
  21. Help clean out the garage, and make sure it stays clean once and for all.
  22. Streamline the attic crap-ola.
  23. Plant a Victory Garden.
  24. Be nice to everyone. Even when they get on my nerves.
  25. Take a trip. A real one, that’s farther than the Atlantic Ocean.
  26. Learn a new knitting pattern so I can graduate beyond scarves.
  27. Help the mister and the Mini Wonder expand the deck, so as to enjoy our new backyard gardens.
  28. Clean out underbrush and ground cover in back gardens.
  29. Try to submit one book a month. Saturation can’t hurt.
  30. Catch up on all of my annual checkups that were bowled over with life changes in the fall.
  31. Take my mom to visit our family in Virginia.
  32. Convince my mom to take the train to see her friends in Tampa, FL.
  33. Schedule four HOOPLA!s for Peggy Noodle, Hula Hoop Queen.
  34. Write the second installment for Peggy Noodle.
  35. Finish my short story for the J. Taylor Publishing Make Believe anthology.
  36. Stop sneering at my jackass neighbors with the Children of the Corn and their POS Honda Civic blocking my car every time I want to back out.
  37. Stop referring to my jackass neighbors as mules. Those poor beasts don’t deserve the insult.
  38. Finish plotting and complete the first installment of my Higher Education series.
  39. Paint and draw more.

Accomplished last year:

  • Laugh more.
  • Curse less.
  • Suck it up and let my hair grow longer
  • Teach our son to cook by including him one night a week in the kitchen.
  • Enter my almond brandy pound cake into the baking competition at the NC State Fair.
  • Take piano lessons.
  • Find a superb Chinese chicken and broccoli recipe.
  • Plant a new dogwood in the front garden, next to the sculpture of Penelope Buttercup.
  • Keep the bird feeders full so as to avoid those roving bands of aggressive winged bastards.
  • Pick out five new entries from the Kama Sutra to throw at the mister. (Hello, I do write romance. Why not do a little “product testing” at home?)
  • Sketch out a diagram for the back yard so the mister can get his carpenter on.
  • Keep up the morning exercise regimen. It’s good for the heart (and chips away at the mommy hips).


No on the 39 Radar:

  • Ride a 30K with the boys, most likely the AIDSWALK+RIDE. This may require me getting a road bike … so there may be a slight delay on this one.
  • Remember to make a Medusa costume for Halloween. I really want to scare the kids.

Author: Dolly R. Sickles

Writer, mother, wife, adventurer, agent of change, advocate, ally, volunteer, instructor ... I'm never bored. I write contemporary romance and romantic suspense under the name Becky Moore, and children’s literature under the name Dolly Dozier. You can also check me out at MacMillan Publishing’s Heroes & Heartbreakers, where I’m a romance blogger. During the fall and spring, you can find me in the classroom teaching other folks how to follow their dreams or how to fund their community outreach at Wake Technical Community College, and Central Carolina Community College. During the summer and at random times during the year, I'm out adventuring with my family.

2 thoughts on “The 39 Clues for Another Happy Year

  1. Thanks Rah-Rah. Some of these seem impossible.

  2. Just the way you list your 39 Clues is so hilarious! I happen to know that you have accomplished everything on your list. Kudos to you! You are certainly an inspiration and I need to get on board myself 🙂

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