Into 2017

Thank you for visiting.

I’m looking forward to 2017 and trying to do all I can to make this a good year. For me ‘good’ means lots of reading and writing along with lots of learning and growing. This website is my way of trying to keep track of all that.

I’ve worked out 17 habits/rituals that I hope will see me through this year:

  1. No stress, no guilt
  2. Do my best and let go
  3. Meditate (Using Insight Timer)
  4. Read (at least 30 min daily)
  5.  Swim (try for 20 laps weekly)
  6. Write (Using Magic Spreadsheet for accountability and motivation)
  7. Yoga (hoping WoYoPracMo in January will start me off right)
  8. Focus, Don’t Multitask
  9. No electronics after 10pm
  10. Morning pages (Using 750 Words)
  11. Walk 10,000 steps (Using Fitbit, Walking4Fun, Zombies! Run to keep me moving. Yes, I finding this difficult!)
  12. Set 3 ‘it will be a great day if I accomplish this’ goals daily
  13. Record 3 things I am grateful for every night
  14. Note something I could do better
  15. Daily Dog Time
  16. Daily time with my turtles, fish and plants
  17. Daily free time

It sounds like a lot. But these are all things that are important to me right now. And while some of my targets look laughably low (only reading 30 minutes a day?) I’m hoping this will make sure I get at least 30 minutes of reading every day!

If you have any comments, it’s easiest to reach me at my Facebook Author page (the link is at the top right of this page) I look forward to hearing your plans for the year and any comments on my books and I hope you all have a great 2017 too!


2017 will see Ovidia’s first steps into British publishing. Given her love of mysteries started with Agatha Christie, this feels very special indeed.

“Meddling and Murder” An Aunty Lee Mystery will be published by Harper Collins, UK.

The Frangipani Tree Mystery, first in Ovidia’s new Crown Colony Crime series set in pre-World War II Singapore, will be published by Constable in June.

Aunty Lee Mysteries

Meddling and Murder: An Aunty Lee Mystery

Crown Colony Crime

The Frangipani Tree Mystery

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