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Let’s Be Realistic

Posted by on November 3, 2014

Happy November!

Can you believe 2014 is almost over???

Time marches onThis year has been a year of learning and stretching, and a lot of growing pains. Can’t have one without the other. There’s been a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff going on, projects in various stages, changes happening, and just plain life.

I had high hopes, even higher goals for this year, but, for good reason, I fell flat on my face. One thing I learned this year: Set Realistic Goals. That, and that a second cup of coffee makes me way more sleepy than if I just had one. Darn it.

Whoever thought living life balanced between reality and dreams would be so hard?

Perhaps someone who doesn’t know her own limits coupled with unrealistic expectations. Ha! But I am learning now!

I thought I could edit ten chapters a week–and the world laughed in my face. Five is much more manageable. So, slowly but surely, I am making progress.

Thus, I am happy to say I am two-thirds of the way done with editing for Darkened Hope. There is no other way to tackle the herculean task of birthing a new book into existence than breaking it down into smaller steps. And maintaining one’s sanity while juggling way too many details.

I do have to say, I don’t think I would have made it through this year with my mind intact without the aid of my writerly friend, Ralene Burke. She showed me how to break down massive goals into doable, bite-sized chunks. And that a person should have no more than three major projects a year.

Yeah…about that…Did you know it’s National Novel Writing Month? My eye is twitching, my fingers itching to write! Just kidding, there’s no way I can tackle a 50,000 word story in one month right now. But it sure is tempting when I see my Twitter feed overwhelmed with all the fun #NaNoWriMo tweets. But…maybe…just a short story? Must. step. away. Ha! My goal is to get the edits for Darkened Hope done this month.

So bring on the lists, the planners, and break out the color-coded happiness–or not. I might get flattened, again, but I’ll keep on keeping on.

So what say you? How was 2014 for you? Are you making progress on your goals?

This song’s been on my playlist a lot, and when I saw this version, I had to share. Roar! Have a great rest of the week!

10 Responses to Let’s Be Realistic

  1. L. E. Carmichael

    My goal for this year was not to take on anything new, and I failed miserably (three additional WFH children’s books later….). Will try again next year – so many back-burnered projects that really must get done! Realistic goals are hard for me, too. I keep forgetting that I need time to recover in between these massive expenditures of energy.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Yes, yes, yes! I do the same. And I am learning to be aware that I need some margin in my life so the my energy is replenished. Especially since I am an introvert.

      Wow, three more books??? That’s awesome—I mean…that’s a good thing, right? ha!

  2. Kessie

    I hear you there! I thought I could release a book in September and a book in October. Haha, yeah, that didn’t happen. I’m not doing Nano, either–I’m going to finish these last revisions, then I have to rest.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Right?! I don’t know what it is that makes us think we can do more than what we are able. Hope the revisions go well for you and that you get some good rest!

  3. sparksofember

    That was cute. I haven’t heard of Hitstreak before. When I listen to covers, they’re usually done by Anthem Lights! 😉 (Though their version of Roar isn’t one of my favorites…)

  4. Jenelle Leanne

    These were my goals: 1. Publish Second Son!

    2. Edit “Book Three” of the Minstrel’s Song (sorry, not revealing the title until Second Son is out)

    3. Edit “Book Four” of The Minstrel’s Song

    4. Begin writing (the official goal is to COMPLETE the book) the first book in my Sci-Fi series (more info coming on that soon!)

    So far, I have completed 1 and 2, and have yet to start on 3… and have decided to work on the sequel to Orb and the Airship before I start writing my new sci-fi series. But I also threw in writing a 20,000-word Beauty and the Beast retelling… so I’m feeling pretty good about what I managed to accomplish in 2014!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      wow, your list sounds like mine! I think the only things that I accomplished this year that was on my list was releasing my fourth short story, A Princess No More, and the editing of Darkened Hope. (Fingers crossed, ha!)

      Also, you forgot to mention that during all this you gave birth to a baby!!

      You are my new hero. 😀

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