Today … Tomorrow

This week I’ve spent a great deal of time in my head. It’s not a bad place to be at all, especially when the time spent there is used for dreaming, planning, and setting goals for the next year.

Those things finally made it to paper and then into Evernote, which is when they became more than nebulous ideas and gossamer dreams. As I typed, each goal became a seed that tentatively opened, thrusting out a single, small root. I will return to this list several times a day for the next month or so to add details and structure. Several ideas may be set into a different list – a waiting list. Some will come forward from last year’s list. Now is the time to bring them to life.

Now, the weird-Diane thing that happened is that because I set these goals for 2018, for some reason, I’m holding them until tomorrow. There’s no reason I couldn’t start constructing their framework today, but today is still 2017. Right? Yeah – I never said I wasn’t that much of a nut. Today is a lame-duck day. I’m still stuck in 2017’s grasp, but tomorrow is the beginning of something new for me.

Tomorrow is going to be fun.


Because I love you, I’ve released Bellingwood 20.5 – The Most Wonderful Time to Amazon early and it is ready for you to read!

This story was so much fun to write. All of the Bellingwood Christmas stories are fun. This is when I get to let all of my feelings for Christmas pour out onto the page. I love the holidays. Even through the stress of planning and traveling, cooking, baking, and hanging with people we spend little time with throughout the year, the realization that our world is a different place because one small baby was born more than two thousand years ago overwhelms my senses. That brings joy – joy that is bigger than any stress I can manufacture.

Some of us will see nothing but negative numbers in the weather forecast for the next couple of days. Stay inside, make something warm to drink, grab an extra blanket, and surround yourself with whatever extra warm bodies you can find. Drink a toast to the new year and read.

Tomorrow is the beginning of something new. I choose to make it a wonderful year, filled with love, joy, grace, and peace. I can hardly wait!

Happy New Year!

32 thoughts on “Today … Tomorrow

  1. Patricia Gorman

    Happy New Year Diane! I just finished reading #20 and think it may be the best yet! Thank you for that AND for the early “20.5”!

    Looking forward to wonderful, joyful , creative stuff in 2018! God Bless you and please keep writing!


  2. Peg Adams

    Also wishing YOU a 2018 filled with love, joy, grace and peace. And creativity, of course! And maybe a dose of prosperity thrown in. Merry, Merry, Happy, Happy! πŸŽ†πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

  3. Jeanette Treadwell

    Happy New year Diane. I hope 2018 is a great year for you, Polly and all of my Bellingwood family. Loved 20 and cant wait to start 20.5.

  4. Ora

    Thank you so much for the Bellingwood series! I look forward to every one of them. Hope you have a safe happy New Year filled with love and joy .Love from the land of aliens and UFOs

  5. Shirley Swoope

    Can’t wait to see what you’ve got up your sleeve for 2018. I’m trying to prolong reading 20, because I know once I start there will be no putting it down. So excited to see 20.5 and have quickly grabbed it. Hope you have the Happiest of New Year’s.

  6. Peg Mlynek

    A beautiful story for this New Years eve reading. It is always a pleasure to catch up with our Belllingwood family. Lots of changes since first meeting Polly. Thank you so much for all the stories. Best wishes for the New Year. I will also choose to make it a good year.

    1. nammynools Post author

      She’d be very angry with her if I made her remain one-dimensional. LOL. It’s fun to write her.

  7. Suzanne

    I finished #20 today also. I took my adult daughter out to lunch today and was waxing poetic about your book, and told her that I wish I could have read your books when I was raising my kids. I would have been a much better, more tolerant mother. Polly models what every young woman should be!

    1. nammynools Post author

      It’s funny … so much of it is common sense, but no matter what, we lose our freakin’ heads sometimes in the real world. Polly is lucky to have kids show up at all ages. They help as much as they drive her batty. πŸ™‚

  8. Chris

    Yay!! Thank you for another good read!! I was just wondering what I could read tonight, and here you are!
    Happy New Year 🎊

  9. Linda Henrikus

    Diane–Here is to a Great New Year and warmer weather is sure to be just around the corner!
    That’s us–always hopeful Iowans.
    You mentioned in your post about ‘living in your head a lot lately.’ Reminded me of post I used to include at the end of my e-mails. “I live in my own little world, but that is okay because everyone knows me there”.
    I think creative people have to have their own little world somewhere in their lives in order to create!
    We, as loyal readers, are so happy that you have invited us into the world of Polly & Bellingwood, Thanks

  10. Glee Baker

    Saw your post today about book 20.5..raced upstairs to my Kindle and downloaded it and finished it already! It was so terrific and I loved all the stories you wrote. Wishing you a very Happy and Healthy, Prosperous and Peaceful 2018!

  11. Kathy Dedini

    Happy New Year. Hope yours is great. I turned my best friend onto the Bellingwokd gang and series as a Christmas gift to her. She is loving it. As I knew she would. Loved 20 and will start 20.5 on Wednesday. Such lovely reads. Like meeting up with old friends at the coffee shop every time I pick u a new book. Thank you

  12. Gaynell Timms

    Happy New Year! I’m so looking forward to read your new book. I wanted you to know my little grandsons name is Elijah and Noah. I love it.

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