Last year I did a lot to work towards my goals of publishing, but there was still the bit of fear of doing it.
I realized that I’m completely in control of this whole thing and if I’m going to publish, no matter what form the stories are in, I have to do the work. I also must have the time to work.
I won’t be doing any events this next year if they start before 12:30 in the afternoon. That will leave the morning open for working, which is what I should have been doing from the outset, but I wanted to be accommodating to the company I work for. They are the only ones who would hire me after leaving Vegas and I felt I owed them to work any time they needed me.
I still owe them a great deal. They saved my ass.
But I’ll be 44 this year and I wanted to have more done in my life by now. I had goals that for one reason or another I didn’t follow through with.
I set standards for what I wanted to have done by the this time. I tossed them away.
This year, I plan on focusing on editing and getting things out.
Those who have followed the blog(all 360+ of you) know how hard I’ve struggled with editing. I won’t struggle this year.
I have too much at stake to toss it away.
I will publish this year, in some form.
If someone who has multiple paying jobs can do it, I can do it with my one.
I think I’ve stopped looking at my writing as a side project. It’s my main focus. I will bartend events this year but I won’t let it take away my focus from my writing. If I have to bring my laptop to an event, then I’ll do that.
This year I’ll publish.
There is no other way to do it.
I’ll take breaks from social media. I’ll avoid things this year. Events I shouldn’t have gone to last year, I’ll stay away from this year.
This year I have three projects in mind and a few others I’m thinking about. I plan on writing to books and a couple of novellas as well as a bunch of short stories.
I wrote seven stories over the Christmas break and I’ll be going through all of them in the coming weeks. I have a story to submit by the end of the month and I’ll do that.
I have set deadlines this year for projects.
I know I’ll have to turn things off, shut people out, but I must do this. I have to focus on getting this done.
My son will graduate in two years and I want the both of us to go to Scotland for a trip after he graduates. Scotland is where my ancestry is. I feel there would be no better place for my son and I to spend some time together before he starts his life.
I will continue the blog.
Its definitely therapeutic.
I wrote some good posts last year and received quite a few new subscribers. But its about the content not the views.
Its nice to have people read what I write, but its better to produce good content. That’s what I’ll be doing with the blog.
Happy New Year and may you find what you’re looking for and what you need in the new year.