New Year Resolutions -Bah humbug! ~ Outside the Margins with Susan Mac Nicol

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I guess it’s coming up to ‘that’ time of year again. The time we all make those poxy New Year resolutions. I’m not one to do these as I’m the sort of person that thinks you should always evolve, adapt and review your choices throughout the whole year, not just one day when some culture has evolved that says it the time to do it.

Having said that though, I have a few ‘life style changes’ I’m going to be making. These are themed with animals, birds and insects just to make it interesting. These are in no particular order.

#1 Stop flogging dead horses

Now by this I mean I’m not going to chase people to be friends and be the one to always make the plans to meet up, have coffee, be a good buddy. It’s annoying and one sided and I’m fed up with it. (This is going to be a tough one as I’m a natural friend J and I like other people’s company)

It also means those relationships that are even the slightest bit toxic are going to be axed, both virtual and real life. I really don’t need that sort of negative energy in my life.


#2 Stay out of cat fights

Yep, 2016 has been chock full of various negative elements and bitchiness, some valid, some not. I’m going to be a good pussycat and not piss anyone off. If I can’t say something nice about someone, my mouth stays zipped. Not that I do it much but I have been known to let my guard down. I generally stay out of debates and the latest scandals to hit the M/M genre, apart from where I feel really strongly about things. Then, you have your short say and, as the lady sings, you ‘Let It Go’. Not beat it on the head with a blunt stick until everyone is sick and tired of hearing about the damn event.

#3 Be a wise owl

Now some may read that as a ‘wise ass’, and I can promise I’ll always be that. What I am aiming to be is someone that perhaps listens to other people (my hubby’s jaw just dropped clear to the floor but of course, he’s the exception), takes counsel when it’s given, tried to accept compliments in the grace they are given as I’m terrible at this, and just being cleverer about what I do and how I do it. It’s a tall order but somebody has to do it.

And lastly…

#4 Focus on being a beautiful butterfly and less of an emerging moth struggling and flapping its wings against the odds, which sometimes appear insurmountable.

I need to stop comparing myself to others and their successes and rejoice in my own achievements, no matter how small or insignificant they may appear. People who know me will know my mantra, one I’ve tried to stick to.

Comparison is the death of joy – Mark Twain.

I want to be a moth that emerges from the chrysalis and spreads its wings to be a gorgeous Blue Morpho butterfly. It might be short lived, like the butterfly. But at least a butterfly enjoys a short, intense time of simply ‘being’ and that’s what I need to focus on.


Being me.

~Susan Mac Nicol


Title: Sight Unseen
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing
Publication Date: 01/26/2017
Cover Artist: Chris Keeslar
Genre: Contemporary


Tragedy brings together a reserved but brilliant sculptor and an outgoing gallery owner, friends whose love was sidetracked—but was always meant to be deeper.


SoCal natives, Nate and Cody have been friends since childhood. Both knew they were different—and the same. At seventeen, a stolen weekend in the Florida Keys drove their connection deeper and hotter than either could imagine. They were meant to be together. Then, for reasons only Nate knows, suddenly they weren’t.

They’re still friends. Best friends. But they’ve moved on and found other partners. The yearning remains, however, despite the long-ago secret that drove them apart, and when tragedy strikes, both men find themselves in the dark. They must grope their way back to who and what they are…which they will find in each other’s arms. Sometimes, losing one’s sight can open one’s eyes—and heart.


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