Journal

Looking Ahead at 2018

It’s been hard to let the last year go when this year has gotten off to a bit of a rough start (and an ear infection). 2017 was a year of in between projects rather than finished things, but sometimes you have to plant seeds instead of gathering up flowers.

In 2018 I want to put some of the editing lessons I learned into practice. I want to get this current manuscript into better shape before sending it out to beta readers, and maybe find a CP as well. My goal is is to take my time, but keep my eye on some of the more interesting dates later in the year like pitch wars and #dvpit. I was out for both in 2017, because my writing timeline was off. I will to get this book submission ready. I’m halfway through a major structural rewrite, but there’s still a lot of work ahead. And I already know the book I want to write after this one is done, and the book I want to write after that. I think I’ve got a flexible plan for at least the next three years.

In 2017 I read 65 books, a majority by diverse authors. I want to keep this up, and writing reviews as I go (some here, some on other sites).

I will continue to find opportunities to help. I need to be aware of my impact on those around me, and try to be more compassionate. I’ll figure out what I can do whether it involves money or time. This includes saving emotional energy by not getting involved in online fights, and putting more into lifting other people up. I’m fairly sure most people are being bombarded by the bad news so I’d like to spread more squee! Produce more joy! Amplify opportunities! I’m not going to talk about this much here, because there are some things that are better when you just do them rather than talk about them.

Most of all, I need to take more time for myself. I spent most of December trapped at home, and with cabin fever sinking its teeth in, it became pretty clear how having just an hour to myself could make a difference to my mood. Time without obligations, to do with as I wish, even if it’s just choosing cleaning the toilet without interruption. The key is “I choose it” rather than “I had to do it”. That little verb change seems to make all the difference to my mental health and happiness. I’m an introvert, but my kiddo’s an extrovert who revels in constant attention. I need to find a better balance of alone time. It’s been rough getting childcare, so we’ve been winging it as best we can. It will be rough again at certain points this year, but somehow I have to find a way to get in some downtime. If I can find time to write, then I need to find a way to make some for myself too.

Things I’ve learned:

  • Books your child loves will probably not last till adulthood except by some miracle, so don’t be precious about the physical object. Let them enjoy those books, tooth and all. The stories will stick.
  • When you’re feeling hopeless, do something to help someone else’s spirit or well being. Give a compliment. Make book art. Donate blood. Help someone feel less alone. It won’t fix everything, but it can help lighten your soul for a little while.

2 Comments

  1. “2017 was a year of in between projects rather than finished things, but sometimes you have to plant seeds instead of gathering up flowers.”

    So much yes.

    I think it’s awesome that you’ve got a general roadmap for your writing for the next several years, and I’m so excited to see what you make!

    Yay for diverse reading, yay for time to yourself, and yay for helping others. 🙂

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