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Here comes #2020: What are your Determinations for the New Year?

Posted 31 December, 2019 by DLWhite in Goals & Plans, Writers Write 0 Comments

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So, I love this term DETERMINATIONS

I didn’t make it up. I stole it. 

Aight, I didn’t steal it, I’ve borrowed it from author Saeed Jones, who recently spoke about the practice of making yearly Determinations, as encouraged by his mother, on a podcast I enjoy called Death, Sex & Money and again on his website, where he has invited us to share our Determinations for the New Year.

I love this word because it seems so much unlike Resolutions, which I hated, I never made, and when I did make them, I didn’t keep them. They were unrealistic and lofty, not based in anything but “stuff I wanna do”. And then I would promptly forget about them until Jan 1 of the following year.

Determinations feels entirely more rooted in reality and more than wishes and hopes because they aren’t dreams. They are your PRIORITIES. 

I invite you to head over to Saeed’s post HERE and add yours. Articulate why this will be a big step forward for you. If you don’t want to be all public about it, that’s okay, too. No need to be performative for people to take you seriously! Write them for yourself. And then put them somewhere visible, where you can see them, where you can use them to encourage yourself, to track your progress toward your personal priorities. Among others, here are my determinations (they’re usually made using “I will” :

  1. I will continue the great strides I have made to take care of myself, stay up on all of my regular well checks and stay healthy. We only get one body. 
  2. I will finish the two books that I started, then set aside.
  3. I will push myself to step out of my comfort zone with regard to socializing and making friends.
  4. I will make regular (monthly, quarterly) appointments to spend one-on-one time with people who are important to me.
  5. I will continue to set aside time for myself to decompress and not feel guilty about enjoying that time, even if I use it to do nothing

 



#SampleSunday: Visions of that ugly Kwanzaa cake in your head

#SampleSunday: Visions of that ugly Kwanzaa cake in your head

Published by Books by DL White Genres: African American Romance, Holiday Romance Format: eBook Source: Amazon Hello friends and Happy Sunday! I hope your end of year is peaceful and you are well. I’m sharing a snip from my recent release, a holiday novella called The Kwanzaa Brunch. Once I got into this story, I had a great time discovering Booker and Sienna and bringing them together with the help of a familiar matchmaker. A note that if you haven’t read Unexpected, you might want to read that one before reading this one, for #reasons. *grin* Grab this title at Amazon now! Add it to your Goodreads TBR HERE. ENJOY! […]



Excerpt: The Kwanzaa Brunch by DL White

Excerpt: The Kwanzaa Brunch by DL White

In case you missed it, my holiday short, The Kwanzaa Brunch is here! This lighthearted, fun and funny romance is now available on Amazon & Kindle Unlimited. Grab it by clicking THIS LINK RIGHT HERE. Add this book to your Goodreads TBR HERE. Enjoy this excerpt and do be sure to let me know how much you adore Booker Lasalle and Sienna Charles! Booker I went into the master bathroom and turned on the shower, but a ping from my phone drew my attention. It was the standard text tone, which meant it was someone unfamiliar. Anthony Thomas:  You watch that game? Bron is siiiick! I carried the phone into […]



Now available: The Kwanzaa Brunch!

Now available: The Kwanzaa Brunch!

Hello friends, new and old! I am delighted to be posting today to share my new holiday novella, The Kwanzaa Brunch, with you! Click the image below to grab this book on Amazon. Also available on Kindle Unlimited! Add this book to your Goodreads TBR HERE.  A fated brunch and an unlikely Cupid… Sienna Charles is tired of the same old, same old. Same old job, same old city, same old friends. Same old men. Just when she’s relegated herself to living Groundhog’s Day, romance edition, Booker Lasalle swaggers into her life, courtesy an open position at Precision Software. He’s new— to the company, to the city and, most importantly, […]



#SampleSunday: Nurse. Dude.

#SampleSunday: Nurse. Dude.

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The Guy Next Door- now available in ebook and paperback

The Guy Next Door- now available in ebook and paperback

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#SAMPLESUNDAY – I’M A PROFESSIONAL

#SAMPLESUNDAY – I’M A PROFESSIONAL

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“There was nothing he could do for me…” – #SundaySnip

“There was nothing he could do for me…” –   #SundaySnip

I swept my clothes from the chair and heard a heavy thunk as something fell to the floor. I picked up my phone and pressed the button to wake it up. I’d put it on silent when I left the house the day before. The only person that could break through was my mother, but we’d already talked and I didn’t expect to hear from her.So seeing that she had sent me a text made my heart skip a beat. I hadn’t heard it because I’d left it in the living room.

He came by here earlier.



Excerpt – Beach Thing (published 2016) #beachyblackromance #beachreads

Excerpt – Beach Thing (published 2016) #beachyblackromance #beachreads

Thoughts of beach trips guide me, of course, to my ODE TO SUMMER, my #beachyblackromance BEACH THING, borne out of a want to write a sweet, steamy, romantic vacationship that also has a little bit of personal drama for both characters that help give the story some depth.  Wade and Ameenah are definite #goals– upwardly mobile African Americans who are both making a mark on society in their own way. Bringing them together was fun, a pure pleasure.



* RELEASE BLITZ * A LESSON ON LOVE by SHARON C. COOPER

* RELEASE BLITZ * A LESSON ON LOVE by SHARON C. COOPER

Genres: African American Romance, Contemporary Women Format: eBook Source: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ibooks, Kobo I’m proud to be part of the release blitz for a talented writer! Please read on to find more information about Sharon and her new release!    A LESSON ON LOVE BY SHARON C. COOPER Some lessons are harder to learn than others. Jerry Jenkins is a player. He loves women. Curvy women. Soft women. He’s unapologetically drawn to full-figured women. With all the beauties in the world, he has no intention of settling down with just one. Not until Rayne Ellison moves in next door. But the curvaceous beauty doesn’t fall for his charm. […]