Looking Forward to 2018

02 Jan

Stemming from the belief that we are “stronger together,” I decided my one word focus for 2018 would be RESIST.

According to the Oxford Dictionary, resist means to “withstand the action or effect of.”

I’m sure I’ll find different interpretations of the word as the year progresses. I recommend reading The New York Times article on what this battle cry means to others.

On a smaller scale, it is a reminder to myself to resist making the bad choices when confronted with decisions of instant gratification versus a more satisfying result in the long run. For example, I could resist the temptation to eat out knowing the money I’d be saving would help fund a vacation to see my family.

I love that as a reader, I’ve come across all kinds of characters who’ve decided to resist against forces that threatened to destroy their well-being or of others or of the world they live in. From hobbits to real-life heroes, I am inspired to join others who fight for what’s right.

Commitment to Literacy: Picture Book It

I’m excited to Picture Book It in 2018 as part of my Commitment to Literacy challenge.

My main goal is to share and get as many of my stories out there through various channels while still trying to get traditionally published. I want to challenge myself to create at least one original story to readily share with others on a monthly basis. It’ll be like being in a year-long picture book making workshop.

I also want to invite as many people as possible to pick up and read a picture book again. I’ve been saying it for years now but we are in a golden age of children’s literature again. I’m always sad for adults (and even teens) who dismiss kids books as below their reading level or of a lower quality than what they would normally read. Or, because they don’t have children of their own or don’t work around them, they don’t give themselves a reason to read a picture book. They are missing out!

To address this issue, I will be doing a Picture Book of the Month spotlighting one title that I’m completely in love with. I’ll have multiple posts on this blog- and on the Facebook page– to celebrate that particular picture book.


-Attend the SCBWI-OR Fall Retreat.
-Continue sending manuscript(s) to agents.
-Participate in StoryStorm.
-Find (or start) an in-person critique group.



I’m actually planning on reading less as I want to focus more on my writing. I will still participate in the following challenges:
-Non-Fiction Picture Book Challenge #NFPB2018 Goal: 104 books including MG and YA
-Must Read in 2018 #MustReadin2018- I’ll be sharing my list later this month.


And, I also want to showcase more books by Filipino, LGBTQ, and local (Portland and Pacific NW) authors and illustrators.


2018 is an exciting year for me. I’ll be turning 35 in April so I definitely want to spend the occasion with my family and friends in Las Vegas for that.

It’s also my 10 years of having moved to Portland- and consequently 10 years of volunteering- so I want to find ways to celebrate those milestones.

What are you looking forward to 2018?


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