2015: A Fortunate Link-Up

HI FRIENDS I’M BACK and I know, you’re like so totally happy about it (just feign enthusiasm if you’re not feeling it, it’ll make me feel good). It’s been forever since I’ve shown my face around these parts and for that I apologize. But if it helps, I’ve got a great excuse – I spent near two full weeks in the majestic, snowy wilderness of Colorado with Andy and his wonderful family. More on that later, I promise. So do you forgive me for my quite rude absence? Great. Let’s get on with this show.

Because there’s no time like the present…or five days after the fact…to join your blogger friends’ awesome link-up party, today I’m joining Juliette and Amber in discussing my possibly-maybe-definitely-gonna-happen predictions for 2015.

 

2015 predictions

 

2015 Predictions

1. Harry Styles splits from One Direction and lands an even more enigmatic international phenom status with his impending solo career. I saw the band perform on tv on NYE and let’s be real, his voice is far and above the best of the group. Plus I think he could be really attractive if he’d just shower and wash his hair every so often.

Realistic potential: 100%

 

harrystylesNYE

 

2. Kourtney Kardashian pops out 11 more babies.

Realistic potential: 5% because obstetric and gynecological science (though you’ll see I *did* leave a window for miracle babies)

 

kourtneybabies

It’s like they’re all flocking to her.

 

3. Speaking of babies…I conceive and give birth to octuplets. Just kidding!

Realistic potential: hopefully very low

 

4. I teach Andy to use the voice recording tool on his new iPhone 6. It’s how I do everything from drafting posts and updating my grocery list to jotting down mental notes about my book on the fly. He should know how this magical tool works, I just hope I can sell him on the feature’s usefulness.

Realistic potential: 90%

 

5. Andy and I will travel abroad. It’s happening, I swear. We’ve been saving both our dollars and our vacation days, and now it’s just a matter of deciding London/Paris/Amsterdam or London/Dublin/Scottish Highlands. I’m leaning toward the latter for several reasons, the first being that I’m undeniably obsessed with Outlander and have every intention of running away with James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser. The second being that for Christmas, my wonderful mother and father-in-law bought a square foot of land under my name in a Scottish nature reserve. I technically own land in the Scottish Highlands. Did you read that? I AM A LAND OWNER AND BY TITLE A LADY. A lady of Scotland, Glencoe to be exact. Lady Lindsay Hess of Glencoe, Scotland. Not that gift-giving is a competition, but Terri and Steve won.

Realistic potential: 100%

 

Isle of Skye, anyone?

Isle of Skye, anyone?

 

6. I will begin querying my novel. If you’re unfamiliar with the term “querying” it basically just means pitching. Newbie novelist writes book, revises book, revises book some more, revises book so much his/her eyes bleed and he/she doubts any semblance of talent he/she may or may not have ever had, decides that this is it and the book can’t possibly get any better, then pitches book to literary agents in hopes of garnering representation and down the road a publishing deal. Phew. There is still a lot of work to be done with all those aforementioned revising steps (seriously, like so much), but I’m going to do it. My goal is to work my butt off revising all spring, then query by the summer. Y’all hold me to that, okay?

 

Bonus prediction: Andy predicts that his 2015 gas bill will be significantly higher since I wrote this whole post while sitting next to this:

 

fireplace

What do you predict will happen this year?
—The Wife in Training

7 Comments

  • I’m trying not to seethe with rage at the fact that you’re at home cozied next to an actual fire while I’m at work cozied up on a highly uncomfortable office chair. It’s fine, I’m fine.

    SCOT-LAND? The greenest, tiniest piece in that photo must be yours, I’m sure of it.

  • Reply January 2, 2015

    Faith

    YOU ARE BACK, I MISSED YOU, NEVER LEAVE ME AGAIN.

    I know nothing about One Direction – but I’ll trust your judgement on this Harry Styles character.

    Also, SCREW SCOTLAND, COME TO VANCOUVER. IN MARCH. WHEN JULIETTE IS GOING TO BE HERE.

    Also, Also, 2015 is the year that I finally get to read your novel – hallelujah!

  • Reply January 2, 2015

    juliette

    YOU OWN LAND IN SCOTLAND YOU ARE THE COOLEST.

  • All great predictions and 100% fact for Harry Styles. Good luck with the querying!

  • Reply January 5, 2015

    Allie

    So maybe I don’t hope that you have octuplets, but I do hope one little Baby Hess is made/pops out/something towards that goal in 2015.

  • Reply January 5, 2015

    amber

    BY TRAVELING ABROAD YOU MEAN COME TO CALIFORNIA? It’s basically abroad.

    BUT BABY. That’s all I’ve got to say. BUT COME ON BABY.

    If you’re not coming here can I go to Ireland with you puh-lease?

  • Reply January 19, 2015

    shannon @ gin & bare it

    take me with you to scotland please.

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