WARNING: I am writing this on New Year’s Eve, while on drugs. Pain pills and muscle relaxants for my back, to be precise. This is not a problem for most people. I, on the other hand, feel like I’m viewing the world through a fluffy tunnel made of pink cotton batting. It’s happy in here, but somewhat confusing.
Also, I have a hot water bottle shoved in my pants that’s giving me a lovely Quasimodo look, and I’m shuffling around like my great-grandmother did when she was nearing 100. THIS IS SO HOT.
Still, I said I was going to do a New Year’s goal setting post, so here we go. If it doesn’t all make sense, well, there’s always tomorrow to revise.
My word of the year for 2014 is going to be… (drumroll please): Decisiveness.
Is that a word? That looks wrong.
Decisive. Hmm. Spell-check is cool with it. Maybe we should go with “commitment?”
In the past (like, right now), I’ve been afraid to commit to anything serious. I don’t like taking risks. I like to know I can back out of things without too much fuss or embarrassment if I change my mind. Really, it’s a wonder I ever got married. If I take on a challenge or a big project, I do so fairly quietly. I try to keep my investment in most things to a minimum, and downplay their importance so as to avoid the pain of losing when I give up or fail.
I like to have an easy out, is what I’m saying.
This is going to be the year I get over that. I’m going to dive into the deep end. In March (and I have reasons for this timing), I will have reached the point of no return. I will change my Facebook profile name to match my professional name. If people ask why, I’ll tell them. And I’ll add a job to my profile there, and set up an author page (much good it’ll do me; Facebook seems to be making things difficult for pages, and I hope most people will add me as a friend as well as following that).
I will announce a book release date.
I will work my ass off and get a book out.
And another one.
Two books in 2014 is the goal. For some people, that’s nothing. Some people can release six or 12 novels in a year. I can’t, for various reasons. But two, both of which I’m already working on, seems reasonable.
I will manage my time, set deadlines, and get this done. I know what I want, and for once in my life I’m going to take some risks to get it.
(It’s kind of crazy how things change. Last night I was reading a journal entry from a year ago, when I was stressing about writing a perfect query letter and hoping to get an agent. Now my goals have completely changed, and I’ve decided that path’s not for me. Never would have called that. I guess in light of that, my other word for the year should be flexibility. It’s worked well so far, and in the changing and increasingly challenging landscape of independent/author publishing, it’s absolutely necessary.)
I think my big personal goal will be to get organized. I probably said that last year, too. But I feel like maybe, if I can focus on work during half-days when the kids are both at school, I should be able to keep household stuff under control. My work time used to be whenever I could grab it, which meant I was always scattered, and always thinking I should be doing something else. Now there might be a chance of focusing, if I can break the habit of checking e-mail and Twitter, etc. every ten minutes.
Okay, every four minutes. Jeez, you guys see right through me, don’t you?
I’ll have three hours a day to myself when kindergarten is in morning sessions (January, March, May), one and a half hours when they’re on afternoons. It will take some planning and a lot of co-operation from the kids, but I should be able to get 8-10 work hours in per week, and then do groceries, exercise, meal planning, and house cleaning during the other daytime hours, leaving evenings to relax and do some research and reading of blogs and books. Work time will be writing, formatting, and other book-ish stuff, plus whatever promotional…
Ugh, I’m screwed, right?
Well, I wasn’t planning on making it big on my first book, anyway. In September both kids will be in school all day (but home for lunch), so I’ll be able to do more promotional stuff when the second book comes out. The writing part is more important.
Wait, this section was personal goals, wasn’t it? *scoops brain off of floor, puts back in head*
Read a novel a week, plus a business/craft book every two weeks. Plan all suppers, grocery shop once a week. Make time to help with the kids’ homework every day, and read them a story before bed. Learn to be more patient, somehow. Get into a routine. Keep the house clean. If I can’t get over my telephone-related anxiety, at least enlist help from AJ and get those calls made somehow. Get a chiropractor. Floss teeth every day. Spend less time on things that aren’t important.
My head is spinning. I’m not sure if that’s the drugs or the future. I’m guessing the drugs. I’m not drinking, but I may spend New Year’s Eve passed out on the floor after all. WOOHOO, PARTY!
January 1st, 2014 at 9:15 am
You go girl! Best of luck with it. Hope you achieve all your goals.
January 1st, 2014 at 10:29 am
Those are some excellent goals. Good luck with that especially getting cooperation with the kids.
January 1st, 2014 at 10:58 am
Thanks, Charles! Day one of the new year isn’t looking especially promising, but I have high hopes for when they’re back in school.
January 1st, 2014 at 11:00 am
Same here. I’m having higher hopes for next week though. Seems my family set up a bunch of gatherings and plans for the next few days.
January 1st, 2014 at 11:01 am
Aah, the holidays…
January 1st, 2014 at 11:10 am
I think they’re the reason alcohol was invented. Only way to handle so many gatherings in a row. 😀
January 1st, 2014 at 11:12 am
Now there’s a thought! I have no gatherings (except for a few days with my husband’s family), so that’s less of an issue for me. I think strings of get-togethers would drain the life right out of me.
January 1st, 2014 at 11:19 am
It isn’t really a holiday thing. We’re taking my son to a big train display on Saturday, which brings us near some family. So, news got out and people made plans with us without actually talking to us. My ‘favorite’ kind of events. Wish there was an eye-rolling smiley I could use.
January 1st, 2014 at 11:21 am
Well, I hope the trains are fun. My kids would love that. Wishing you some quiet days after that!
January 1st, 2014 at 11:27 am
I’m sure it’ll be calm after that. I’m probably just irritated because I can finis my latest book’s first draft within a week and a half if I get even partially left alone. I notice that getting close to the end of a project seems to bring in more distractions.
January 1st, 2014 at 11:28 am
So frustrating. 😦
January 1st, 2014 at 11:41 am
Curse of the Artist, I guess.
January 1st, 2014 at 11:31 am
The whole balancing life and writing thing… I swear I’ll never manage it and both my kids are in school all day. I wish you luck and when you find the secret, let me know!
Best wishes for the two books this year. May you have a successful 2014!
January 1st, 2014 at 11:45 am
You can do it. I have faith in you. 😀 Well, perhaps once you get out of the fluffy pink tunnel and lose the hot water bottle. I think those may hamper your goal achievements. You have a lot of support in the writing world. We’re here for you! Go 2014!!
January 1st, 2014 at 12:13 pm
I have the best writer friends. ^.^
January 2nd, 2014 at 11:27 am
Hooray for your 2014 goals! I’m hoping to stay focused and committed to writitng & publishing this year, too. Wishing you all the best. 🙂 How’s your back?
January 2nd, 2014 at 12:42 pm
No improvement so far. It popped this morning and I had an Ebeneezer-Scrooge-on-Christmas-morning moment when I thought it was better, but it was a false alarm. Still, it’s giving me time to lie down and read over my book,and the kids are learning to make their own sandwiches, so it’s not all bad. 🙂
January 2nd, 2014 at 5:45 pm
I was hoping you were feeling better. But I see by your comment above that you aren’t. I’m sorry. Was Christmas awful for you because of the pain? If so, I’m sorry.
I was off the Internet for several days during Christmas. Just returned to town from our loooooong van trip to see my parents and older brother/sister-in-law. Thanks to the changes in mattresses (a couple of motels too), my back’s been giving me fits. So I definitely commiserate.
Happy New Year!
January 3rd, 2014 at 5:27 am
Good luck! You seem to have a pretty solid plan of attack to achieve your goals. 🙂 Hope you feel better soon.
January 3rd, 2014 at 12:27 pm
These are some great goals, I’ll be waiting for that book release 😉
Also, I already salute you. Anyone who manages to work a job and/or write stuff AND raise healthy kids is a hero, no matter how exactly they are doing it. I kind of appreciate what mothers do all around the world more and more every day now ._.
(Also, if this comment gets posted twice, my browser screwed up; told me it couldn’t be posted, so I’m just trying again…)
January 9th, 2014 at 5:24 am
Having a word of the year is such a good idea! It seems like it would really help you focus you. Good luck with all of your goals!
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