Can you believe 2014 is almost over???
This 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!