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Guest Post ☞ Kim Fielding

Today we are privileged to have Kim Fielding visit with a guest post. Kim talks about setting goals which is very apt at this time of the year when New Year’s resolutions tend to become a focus. She also has a wonderful Christmas story, the royalties of which are donated to charity. So do check it out.

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Hi, I’m Kim Fielding, and I’m so happy to visit here today!

As soon as I finish writing this, I’m going to take my daily walk. I do at least 3 miles a day, and since I began keeping track of these things in July (thank you, Fitbit!) I’ve walked over 645 miles. That’s more than 1.6 million steps. Now, if someone were to come up to me and say, “Hey! Kim! You need to walk 645 miles, starting now!” I would be an unhappy camper. Because that’s a long way to walk. From my house in California, it’s almost all the way to the Grand Canyon.

But you know what? I have walked that far, and pretty soon I’m going to do another 3 miles. And I’m doing it one step at a time.

When I return from my walk, I’m going to finish grading a huge stack of term papers.  I promised them back by Tuesday. When I made the promise, one student looked at the pile, looked at me, and then exclaimed, “Are you human?” I’m pretty sure I am. I’m grading those papers one at a time, and the stack is slowly shrinking.

And then, assuming the term papers don’t fry my brain, I’m going to resume work on my 13th novel. I wrote my first novel, Stasis, for National Novel Writing Month in 2009. I’ve also written a bunch of novellas and shorts, so in a little over 5 years, I’ve written probably 1.5 million words. Holy cow. And how did I write all this? One damn word at a time.

My point—and I do have one—is that a lot of our brightest goals seem impossible. And I suppose they are, if you look at them all at once. But nobody climbs Mount Everest in a single leap. We do it one step, one word, one term paper at a time. And then one day we look around and Oh my God! we’re there. We’ve made it to the Grand Canyon (where a sexy ghost might be lurking; see my novel Motel. Pool.).

My reason for telling you this is twofold. First, it’s a pep talk. Pick your almost-impossible destination and get there bit by tiny bit. Lose those pounds ounce by ounce. Build your savings penny by penny. Knit that enormous sweater, stitch by stich. Become a great cook, recipe by recipe. Earn that degree, unit by unit. I could go on with this analogy all day.

My other reason is to get you to buy one of my new stories, The Festivus Miracle. It’s a light, sweet holiday tale, which is what we could all use right about now. And I donate all my royalties to Doctors Without Borders. Where we can make a difference, dollar by dollar.

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The Festivus Miracle is available at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Festivus-Miracle-Kim-Fielding-ebook/dp/B00MS89DI2/

Blurb:

It’s finals week during Tony McNeil’s second year in law school, and he’s struggling to keep up. Frankly, he’d rather be cooking. Then he meets first-year student Eddie Cohen-Fernandez, who’s heartsick over missing his family’s annual Festivus celebration. Tony can use his culinary skills to lift Eddie’s spirits, but finding long-term happiness? That just might require a Festivus miracle.

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You can find Kim on her website: http://kfirldingwrites.com or on Facebook: http://www.facebooks.com/KFieldingWrites or on Twitter: @KFieldingWrites

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Guest post – Kim Fielding

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Hi! I’m Kim Fielding. My mother was born and raised in the Bronx. But my brother and sister-in-law own a farm in Oregon. That farm was the inspiration for the one in my Bones series. A couple of weeks ago, they went on vacation and my mom went to farmsit for a few days. That means feeding the dogs and the cat and the geese, ducks, and chickens. Collecting eggs. Giving everyone water. And at night, making sure the birds go into their houses so they don’t get eaten by the local coyotes. The chickens head to the henhouse on their own, and the geese go with only a little urging. The ducks can be more difficult, though, and this time a group of teenaged ducks refused to leave the center of the pond. That left my mother in too-large hip waders, whacking in the general direction of the ducks with a broom handle in an attempt to herd them in the right direction. It’s probably not a situation she ever imagined herself in, back when she was a kid in a 5th floor walkup on the Grand Concourse.

Sometimes we all have moments when we ask ourselves, “How the hell did I get here?”

Now, please excuse the extended nautical metaphor. I am captain of my ship. And I’m sort of a control freak, so I keep a pretty tight grip on the wheel. But even so, there are times when I rest or get distracted, and when I return to steering I find an errant wind or unexpected current has taken me of course. Even when I lash myself to the wheel, tempests blow, pirates chase. The kraken shows up. And when everything calms down again, there I am, somewhere I had not planned to be. Somewhere unexpected.

Three years ago I found myself atop a hillside in rural Croatia, sharing a nice dinner and a lot of wine with the wife of an American social psychologist I’d been studying since my freshman year of college (she’s a well-known researcher in her own right too). Last year I had unanticipated and delicious crepes with a friend in Iowa City. Just today, I walked down a sidewalk a couple miles from my house in a town I’d never heard of until I applied for a job here, listening to a Bosnian punk band sing reggae. Twenty-year-old me never would have predicted any of that. And you know what else? This month I have five new releases, including my 11th novel. Who would have thought?

Sometimes the winds and currents land us hip-deep in a pond with bratty waterfowl. And sometimes they land us somewhere considerably more pleasing! Where have they landed you?

The third book in my Bones series, Bone Dry, is one of my five (!) new releases. I’m doing a Fieldingpalooza tour, complete with prizes. You can find all the details on my website. Please come join me!

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Kim’s new releases:

Bone Dry—book 3 in the Bones series—available now!

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Brute—French translation!—available now!

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Standby—in the Stranded anthology—releases October 10—available now!

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The Dance—in the Bones anthology (Gothika vol. 2)—releases October 27—available now for preorder!

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The Festivus Miracle—releases November 1—all proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders—available now for preorder!

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Connect with Kim

For more details on Kim’s books, as well as some free stories, visit her at http://kfieldingwrites.com/. You can also follow her in Twitter @KFieldingWrites and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/KFieldingWrites.