March 24, 2015


To celebrate the month of March and the release of Twenty-Something -- Marching Ink's first multi-author collection -- my label-mates and I are celebrating our twenties this week. I still have a year (and some change) left in my 20s. That remaining time left in my twenties, and what I'd like to do with it, comes to mind.

Thirty is by no means old -- far from it. But the big Three-Oh (or Dirty 30 if you like) seems pretty symbolic of reaching adulthood. At the very least, it's a milestone.

With my remaining one year, two months, and 21 days of being a twenty-something, I have big plans. I'm going to reinvent myself. Or rather, I'm going to enjoy my life and continue my efforts to be my best version of myself. I want to approach my thirties in prime shape with zero regrets. It's not about freaking out about a ticking time clock. It's just about being a woman on a never-ending quest for self improvement.

This all sounds totally chick-lit, and it is. But that's only half of it. A few months ago, I was day-drinking with a friend (before you judge, it was a glass of wine during an afternoon at Christmas) and we talked about everything we wanted to do by the time we turned thirty. Naturally, we were brainstorming blog names, checking for domain availability, and making our "to-do by thirty" lists before our glasses needed refills.

And so Defining 30 was born. During the time between my friend's 29th birthday and my 30th birthday, we would each set out to accomplish 10 individual goals each and 10 combined goals. And once a week, each of us will write one post a week

My goals are:

  • Pay off car loan.
  • Pay off my student loan.
  • Buy my own home or at least be buying ready.
  • Get within a healthy weight range.
  • Complete a 10K run.
  • Get back in the dating scene.
  • Write two holiday novellas.
  • Write two novels.
  • Book a vacation to somewhere I’ve never been.
  • Have a lunch/drink/coffee/dinner date with a friend once a week. 

And our combined goals are:

  • Visit Mansfield, Missouri, and the related Laura Ingalls Wilder sites.
  • Create and stick to a cleaning schedule.
  • Visit Burr Oak, Iowa, and the related Laura Ingalls Wilder sites.
  • Visit Independence, Kansas.
  • Refinish piece of furniture.
  • Make meal plans.
  • Book swap-trade once a quarter (six total books).
  • Re-read the Little house series.
  • Write a personal letter or note to someone once a month.
  • Have a writing retreat weekend.

We're two months into the project, and while I can't say I'm a totally new woman, I'm working on it. You can read about my quest for self-improvement here.

Twenty-Something is the first multi-author collection from Marching Ink and will be on sale April 14. Featuring three full length novels - Hard Hats and Doormats by Laura Chapman, A Questionable Friendship by Samantha March and Breaking the Rules by Cat Lavoie, the collection is now available for pre-order on Amazon for the discounted price of $1.99.

Hard Hats and Doormats by Laura Chapman 
After losing out on a coveted promotion at work, Lexi Burke is done playing the nice girl. Her first order of business: Giving in to her longtime workplace crush. But Lexi soon learns that balancing a workplace romance and her job might be harder than she anticipated.

A Questionable Friendship by Samantha March 
While Brynne and Portland seem to have an ideal friendship, cracks are starting to show as their lives take a turn for the complicated. Not willing to go to one other with their secrets, one woman begins to feel shut out and the other enters into a web of lies to protect herself. Their journey will explore several questions of friendship, and show that happily ever after might not be in the cards for everyone.

Breaking the Rules by Cat Lavoie 
When Roxy Rule shares a passionate kiss with her lifelong best friend, she must come to terms with her feelings for him while dealing with two sisters in full crisis mode, a boss who makes her want to stab herself with a letter opener and a fiancĂ© who can’t wait to walk down the aisle. Can she keep it together–or will she break under the pressure?

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  1. Those are some pretty good goals Laura! I love that idea!

  2. Go, Laura!! :) I love the idea of having a combined list of goals with a friend.