To plan or Not to Plan #MondayMusings #OpenBookBlogHop #Inspiration

Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. This week’s question is: “Do you set monthly/yearly goals for your writing? What are your goals for the coming year?

Early on, while I was caring for my late husband Bill after he suffered two paralyzing strokes, when I tried to set goals, I often didn’t meet them because of complications associated with being a family caregiver. You can read more about that in My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds, which is free from Smashwords for the rest of the month. Please see below for details.

Now that Bill is gone, I’m still hesitant to set goals because I don’t want to stress myself out if I don’t accomplish them. I can tell you this much, though. Sometime next year, I hope to publish my short story collection, Living Vicariously in Wyoming. After that, who knows?

How about you? Whether you’re an author or not, do you set goals? You can click here to participate in this week’s hop and read other bloggers’ responses.

Abbie wears a blue and white V-neck top with different shades of blue from sky to navy that swirl together with the white. She has short, brown hair and rosy cheeks and smiles at the camera against a black background.

Photo Courtesy of Tess Anderson Photography

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I’m pleased to announce that from now until January 1st, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, The Red Dress, and My Ideal Partner are ABSOLUTELY FREE from Smashwords as part of its 6th annual end-of-year sale. Please visit my Smashwords author page to learn more.

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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.Photo Resize and Description by

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Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?





Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at:

10 thoughts on “To plan or Not to Plan #MondayMusings #OpenBookBlogHop #Inspiration”

      1. Well, that’s one way of looking at it. The only deadlines I have are those for magazines and other publications to which I contribute on a regular basis. The others happen when they happen.


  1. Hi Abbie, great post.

    I do set goals. I try to set a long term writing goal for all writing projects.

    To make certain I make my goal, I must then, set a daily goal.

    Of course, sometimes life gets in the way and my goals must be refined but this year, I’m pleased to say even with all the challenges I have faced, I met all of my 2022 writinggoals.

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      1. Keep in mind this doesn’t always work you know I was supposed to have written and published my pathway to freedom book in 2018 that didn’t happen. Lots of things were going on then in 2019 more things were going on but I was sort of riding. Finally in 2020 after Campbell passed away I dug my heels in and got it done lol but you get what I mean.

        Patty Fletcher lives in Kingsport Tennessee where she works as an author and social media marketing assistant. Learn more at:

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