Hello, New Year! (2019)

Fiona Broome says "Hello, new year," with updates.Recently, I looked at my 2018 goals. They’d included:

  • Revise & update my books.
  • Update & expand my free ghost hunting courses.
  • Publish more articles, more regularly.
  • Add more videos.
  • Re-release my best podcasts.
  • Spend more time interacting with friends & fans via social media.
  • Decide what to do with the Mandela Effect topic.

Hmm… which of those did I complete?

Err.

Umm.

I did write a few articles, and start a Fiona Broome News page at Facebook. I even updated it, now & then.

Other than that… crickets chirping… Nope, nothing.

Why? I was too easily distracted by shiny objects.  * sigh *

They were fun, but they didn’t move me closer to my short- or long-term goals.

Turning the Page in 2019

Now it’s 2019. My goals are the same, but my approach is different. Fingers crossed, I’ll achieve more goals, this year.

The Books

I’ve discovered that Scrivener and ProWritingAid play well together. I’m using both, and hope to finish updating Is Your House Haunted? by mid-February.

After that, I think I’ll edit & update Ghosts 101 or Ghost Hunting in Haunted Cemeteries. At the moment, it’s a coin-flip.

So – in terms of the books – so far, so good.

The Websites

In January 2019, I’ve already set up an article publishing schedule:

  • New articles at HollowHill.com, every Thursday.
  • New articles here, usually on alternate Tuesdays.

Again: so far, so good.

Social Media

I’m the proud owner of a shiny new dashboard that interacts with social media. Now, I can streamline my time at Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and even Pinterest.  Admittedly, I’m dazzled by the novelty of this. (And that’s why I’m suddenly chatty at Twitter.)

I’ll probably scale that back a bit, in the next few weeks.

Everything Else

As soon as I can complete the free ghost hunting courses, I will. (Meanwhile, most of the big, original course is at Hallowfields.com. All of the free courses will be there, later this year.)

And then, I’ll go through the podcasts. Some have held up well. Others… I listen to them, blush, and then sputter, “Did I really say that…?”

The Mandela Effect book is an on-again, off-again project.  I’m not sure how much I can say that will interest anyone. Really, that topic took on a life of its own, and – at this point – it’s been “in the wild” for years.

I suppose I have bragging rights for starting the Mandela Effect discussions, online. And, I have lots of insights about its early days, but is that enough for a book? Maybe. I don’t have to decide that, right now.

Progress?

I’m making some progress, but stumbling a little along the way.

A few weeks ago, I looked at January. “Piece o’ cake,” I thought. “I could write a couple of quick history articles to go with the new Most Haunted episodes.”

See, I love Most Haunted. While so many other shows have become increasingly sensational, Most Haunted avoided that bottomless pit.

They’re not afraid to try new things, even when those things don’t work as well as they’d hoped. They’re still breaking fresh ground… no pun intended.

From what I’ve seen in 2019, Most Haunted episodes are steering towards authenticity. In many ways, that’s made the show more startling than ever before. Watching the Eden Camp investigation, I had no doubt that site is genuinely haunted.

But after writing a couple of Eden Camp articles… I kept researching. And writing. And researching. And writing.

Apparently, I’m addicted to history. Especially when it overlaps with paranormal research.

So, instead of writing three or four 500-word articles about several Most Haunted episodes… I wrote five articles, most around 1500 words, each. About just one location.

And then I illustrated all of them. That included about four hours, combining ten layers of research onto one map. Because I just had to see all the Roman roads overlaid on a modern-day map of Malton, England.

In case you think I’m joking, here it is:

Roman Roads to Malton,England

Umm… yes, I need to rein in those “ooh, shiny!” tendencies.

One Priority at a Time

Starting next week, I hope to schedule my time better.

I’ll still do my best to publish new articles, weekly. I guess that’s still a work in progress, but I feel good about what I’ve done so far… even if – this past week – I overdid it, a little. (Understatement.)

My social media schedule requires far more tweaks, but I feel good about my recent conversations at Twitter, etc.

With my website articles on schedule, and social media doing better, revising the books is now my top priority. 

Moving to England

One of my big, long-term goals is to move to England. (This is not news for people who know me in real life. I’ve been wanting to live in England since I was 17 years old.)

I’d love an excuse to move there by the end of this year.

Meanwhile, I’m doing my best to stay focused on my goals. 2018 flew past, but I’m already making progress for 2019.

You may see me wander into “ooh, shiny!” territory now & then. I’m sure there will be growing pains, as well.

For now, I’m pleased with January’s forward motion. And I figured I should share this with you, in case you noticed things changing and wondered what was going on.

So, let’s celebrate the new year. I hope everyone has a dazzling and delightful 2019!

4 thoughts on “Hello, New Year! (2019)”

  1. So you’re leaving the land of plenty for the old country.Charteris did same,close shores really beckon the adventurers and so does scotch but that’s out of bounds for you.Conglomerate of anglo saxons,celts,vikings,romans may provide a fertile ambience for the peculiar trade you’ve choosen,and of course the ancient structures.

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