Hello Old Friends

Writing friends at the Ungathering in Vermont last month. Photo by Therese Walsh (who should be in the picture!)

Writing friends at the Ungathering in Vermont last month. Photo by Therese Walsh (who should be in the picture!)

My blog started—almost seven years ago (I can hardly believe that!)—as a daily endeavor to get me writing fiction every day. I blogged every single day for a year, then a little less often, then even less often, until now I blog, well, sporadically. In 2016 I blogged eight times, and this is only my third post for 2017.

I’ve thought about shutting the whole thing down, but the truth is, I like having a blog, knowing it’s here if I want to write a post. I’ll keep my domain name regardless, so why not the blog?

A little update on where my fiction writing stands.

I’m focusing on finishing the second book in my mystery series. I self-published Desired to Death about three years ago under the pseudonym J.M. Maison. That book is languishing on Amazon, but I still get occasional downloads, and I’m hoping to breathe new life into it with book two—it’s always been my goal to have a mystery series.

I’m also really happy to announce that I’m co-writing a novel with my friend Amy Rachiele, mob fiction romance, the first in a trilogy. It’s been a long-time goal to co-author a novel, and I can’t think of a better partner. We have a lot of fun together, and I’m honored to be writing with someone who has so many successes. Check out Amy’s page on Amazon.

Earlier this year, I shelved a novel (commercial/literary) I’d spent about a year working on; I wrote a blog about that for Writer Unboxed.

I’m still looking for traditional homes for two other (commercial/literary) novels I wrote in the last few years. One is a time travel novel, the other is a historical novel about a Vietnam era love story. I had an offer for representation this year, but it wasn’t a great fit so I turned it down. That was a tough decision, but I see it as another commitment to my writing. To the professionalism of my writing—making conscious choices about how and where and when I want to direct what I’m writing.

At the end of 2016 I attended my second-ever writing conference—the Writer Unboxed Unconference. I can say that experience was truly life changing. Since then, I’ve attended two other conferences and two retreats, all with a subset of my “Uncon” friends. These writers, along with my accountability partner Jess, whom I talk to every Monday, and a few other writers I’ve been fortunate to meet along my writer’s journey, keep me writing on a regular basis. I can’t say enough about how much my writing friends have helped me—something I wrote about in another blog on Writer Unboxed.

As I embark on the new year, my goals remain the same as when I started this blog. To write fiction every day. To seek traditional publication for my work. I’ll add one more goal this year: to self-publish at least the second book in my mystery series and the first book in the trilogy with Amy.

None of this would be possible without all of you. You all keep me writing.

What are your goals for 2018, friends?

Happy New Year,




  1. Micky Wolf says:

    Good to hear from you, Julia. Your goals for 2018 seem to be a comfortable fit, yet imbued with enough challenge to help you continue to grow as a writer and a person. That, to me, is the best kind of resolution list. 🙂

    Coming off a rough 15 months of health issues, I’m definitely looking forward to picking up the pace and focusing on the final edit/polish of my novel, then begin querying agents. Also, finish building my new web site. I believe this next year holds a lot of promise for wonderful things to happen, in more ways than one. At the same time, we all know ‘life’ has a way of intervening when we least expect it. And that’s okay.

    Keep on keepin’ on–the write way. In the meantime, may you and your family have a wonderful New Year!

  2. Kim Bullock says:

    I second how wonderful the UnCon group is! 🙂

    I am finishing up my very final read-read through of my manuscript before submitting to agents. Three chapters to go and a synopsis to write and it is ready to start sending off into the world. (Cue the anxiety!)

    Once that’s off, I intend to do a thorough clean of my house, which will take a couple of weeks most likely, before turning my attention to my next book. I already had a chapter-by-chapter synopsis done and first chapter written. I’ll plug away at that while I wait to hear back on One Shade Brighter.

  3. Nina says:

    I don’t think I knew the agent story. Good for you for staying in the driver’s seat! And I’m glad you’re keeping your blog. I write on mine less and less often, but I’m glad to have it.

  4. Julia — It was fun to see an email in my inbox notifying me that you’d posted. Your goals sound fantastic! I hope that 2018 is your best year, ever!

    On July 10, 2018, my second nonfiction book hits the shelves, It’s titled THE BUSINESS OF BEING: SOUL PURPOSE IN AND OUT OF THE WORKPLACE. I’m excited about that. Between now and then I’m speaking (about writing) at ModernWell in Minneapolis, I’m teaching four workshops at the Writers’ Institute (UW-Madison) in April, and I’m hosting a sold-out writing retreat on Eleuthera Island (Bahamas) in May.

  5. Jamie says:

    I love the photo. Nothing better than a few days with writers doing writerly stuff (and not-so writerly stuff). Maybe we can finally have that cup of coffee at a conference. I don’t know why I shouldn’t add that to my goals for 2018. So many irons in the fire. Can’t wait to see how your book with Amy turns out. Here’s to making things happen in 2018. xo

  6. Congrats on all of your successes this year, Julia! I’d never considered co-authoring a novel, but it sounds like a dynamic way to jumpstart the creative process. I love your posts on WU and I look forward to reading more in 2018!

  7. I’m so glad you’re not getting rid of your blog! Mine has slowed down too. I think all blogs are right now, but also in part because I’m writing so many for other sites. But I, like you, like being able to occasionally post to my own, and I *love* when you pop up in my sporadically-checked RSS feed. 🙂 It sounds like you’ve had a very good year. Here’s to an even better 2018!

  8. Leah says:

    Don’t shut down your blog! Even if you only write a few times a year, it’s nice knowing you’re here. I’ve so enjoyed getting to know you over the years. Here’s to a great 2018!