Whew! I feel like I just expelled a huge breath. The holidays were fun and completely exhausting. Now that the decorations are stored and my house is back to normal, I can turn my attentions to the new year. Like many, I examined 2017 and now look to 2018 with fresh goals (well, a couple are holdovers from last year that didn’t quite see the success I’d like).
I decided to take the additional step of publicly announcing my author goals. Here are some of my 2018 goals:
Okay, this is the holdover from last year. My office is not a complete pig sty but it could stand a bit of improvement. I also need to pay attention to massive pile of unread emails. This one is going to take awhile!
I have school-aged kids and a husband who works constantly, so my writing thus far is interspersed among their lives. While my family appreciates my passion, sometimes it gets dwarfed. This year, I will increase my productivity by placing boundaries on my time. Of course, if someone is bleeding and my husband can’t pick up a kid from practice, I’m on it, but during my specified writing time, I want to be left alone. Let’s see how it goes!
Embrace being a writer
Okay, I have a few books on Amazon. Now what? I’ve been struggling with the notion of what’s next. Then one day, it came to me – keep going. Duh! How simple. I realized I had to catch up with my writer life. First, I needed to congratulate myself on reaching a life-long goal. I actually did it! Then, I had to practice saying I’m a writer. I’m still working on that one. Finally, I asked the question: Where do you want be? The answer: I want to continue writing, improve on my craft, and write stories that not only others enjoy, but also ones I do as well. So, my goal here is to keep going!
I have started several journals over the years but over time my attention to them fades. I enjoy journaling and think it plays a critical part not only in creativity but also staying sane in a crazy world. My daughter bought me a beautiful journal over the holidays and I intend to fill it over the course of the year.
My new journal came in this awesome box (journal pictured in the lid of the box), with cute comfy socks, a soy candle, and that awesome fluffy robe. I have no excuses!
This is all in addition to my specific publishing/writing goals:
Publish Order of Rage this Spring
Complete draft of next and probably last book in the Order Series, title TBD
Plot next series
There will be ups and downs, but here’s hoping your dreams come true in 2018!