A New Year

Happy New Year, everyone!

Since it’s the first week in January, I thought it would be beneficial to review my goals for the year. So, in random order…*drum roll please.*

1.  Select a writing conference and attend.

2.  Practice my guitar and piano.

3.  Begin learning ukulele.

4.  Paint 3 canvases.

5.  Complete the rough draft of First Book by March 31st.

6.  Complete revisions by June 31st.

7.  Ready query letters and publisher packets by August 1st.

8.  Finish prep-work for Second Book.

9.  Blog at least once a week. (52)

Yup.  There they are.

This week, I am making job decisions that will (hopefully) afford me more time to write.  After all, that is the career goal.  It seems a big step to apply for a new position.  Actually filling out the paper work and creating a CV and cover letters and learning how express confidence without seeming self-absorbed… It’s making me get that funny feeling between my shoulder blades, and I’ve been catching myself biting my fingernails.  After I turn everything in, I’ll be fine.  Either it will happen or it won’t.  It’s getting to that point when it is no longer in my hands…

So—writing!

I downloaded a trial version of Scrivener.  I’m in love.  If I wasn’t married, I would propose such an arrangement to the software.  I moved all my files from Word to Scrivener, and discovered that I have approximately 30,000 words.  I’m ecstatic.  I think this is really going to help with the revision process.  As far as the first draft, I love that I can visually measure my progress, and I love tangible confirmation that I am getting somewhere—butters my bread.

The bad news is I was unable to write as I had hoped over the Christmas break.  Other “necessaries” were accomplished (Yay!), but I really hoped I would write a significant amount of text.  I suppose, though, that any writing done is significant with two jobs, a family, and a budding career to nurture.  Also, I was ill, which is a good excuse, but an excuse nonetheless.

At the end of the day, I’m still passionate, if a bit tired, but I’m reprioritizing aspects of my life in order to be productive and happy.  I like this purposeful forward movement.  Goals and I, we will be friends…even if I have to hog tie them and force them to concede to my will.  Mua-ha-ha.

It’s going to be a good year.

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