Marcia Strykowski

Rolling into the New Year

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Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Yes? How are you doing with that? Many people start off with the best intentions, but then find it too difficult to carry through on everything. Yvonne Ventresca shares some great tips for achieving your goals here.

OR, maybe it’s time to join a writing group. Marianne Knowles shares why that’s a great idea on the Writers’ Rumpus blog. Speaking of Writers’ Rumpus, check out the previous post, as well, where Laura Fineberg Cooper picks out some of her favorite posts from 2018.

My last book event of 2018 was hosted by The Room to Write at Barnes & Noble. What a great group of writers and illustrators, and organizer Colleen Getty (shown below, front & center), did a wonderful job of putting it all together.
Here are a few more pictures from the event.

Click on above picture to enlarge.For more Roller Boy events, please click here. And here is my updated ABOUT page.

As always, thanks for reading. It’s a real treat to hear what you’re up to and to know you, whether in person or across the miles via internet. Friendship makes the world go ’round!

To each and every one of you, may all your 2019 dreams come true!


  1. That looks like a great event, Marcia, and how fun to have illustrators too. Wishing you a wonderful new year and much success. 🙂


  2. I love making goals at the start of the year. As long as I write them down, I usually meet them or at least most of them. It is fun to review them at the end of the year and see how I’ve done. Your event looks fabulous. Have an amazing 2019!! Thanks for your great posts and friendship. xo


  3. Happy New year! And thanks for the shout-out. 🙂


  4. Joyce Teal

    How wonderful for you to be recognized for the wonderful writer you are! Doubly proud that our young adults have great reading materials!!


  5. Michele Sova

    Looks like it was a wonderful event! Happy New Year, Marcia!


  6. I don’t make any resolutions then I don’t need to worry about breaking them! Happy new year, Marcia.


  7. Bette Norton

    What a wonderful event to be in community with your fellow peers! Roller Boy was a great read for the young and young at heart! You found yourself rooting for Mateo as he “rolls” his way through issues of discrimination, bullying, and finding his own voice! Wishing you much success with your latest novel and a very Happy New Year! 🙂


  8. Colleen

    Happy New Year, Marcia! So happy for your success-You and Roller Boy are on a roll!


  9. Wonderful, Marcia!


  10. This looks like a fun event, Marcia. Happy new year.


  11. I’ve not made any resolutions this year, but I’m usually pretty organised about what I want to do, or where I hope to be by this time next year. Reading that back it occurs to me, I probably do make them unknowingly. 🙂
    Happy New Year Marcia. I’m so glad things are going well for you. x


    • Happy New Year, Barbara! Sounds like you have a great method of accomplishing all you want to achieve and experience in life.


  12. Happy New Year! What a fantastic post. So neat to see you in action at B&N. Have a great year and all the best with Roller Boy!


  13. Ashley

    Very cool, and I agree about friendship making the world go ’round!


  14. The book event looks wonderful. This post is a good reminder that writing goals (and joining a writing group) can make good new year’s resolutions.


    • Resolutions or not, I think reaching out to groups in the dark of winter makes sense for many. Hope you’re having a great start to the year, Sheryl!

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  15. What fun, Marcia! And it’s even fun to vicariously join you on your travels and events. 🙂 Happy New Year, and may 2019 hold great success for your new book and many hours of enjoyable writing.


    • So happy you enjoyed the post, thanks for letting me know. 🙂 Best wishes for you in the new year, too!


  16. Wow, what a great event, Marcia! Thanks for sharing. And happy new year to you and your family. All the best for 2019!😘😘😘


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