The first of 2018

Happy New Year!

I mentioned yesterday that I’m excited. I’m still excited. If I’m honest, I’m more excited about turning 40 in two days, and my New Year enthusiasm is really “I’m about to be 40!” enthusiasm.

As a result, I didn’t do resolutions this year. I started in November with a list of 40 things I wanted to do while I’m 40, and then couldn’t think of anything else, and then yesterday I picked it up again. I had thought it would be the kind of thing I’d leave in my Bullet Journal (which is also getting an upgrade this year) but then decided I really wanted it here.

The link is up in the header. Essentially, when the year is over, I hope to have 40 completed goals. And if I don’t complete them exactly as I’ve listed them, I hope to have aimed high enough that my failures will still feel good.

I didn’t list it as a goal because my writing goal is to publish 40 things, but I’d like to also write 1,000,000 words of fiction this year. That is achievable, but only if I work hard at staying on top of my daily writing habit.

Which would start today, now that I think about it. I generally took off December from writing, because of holidays and birthdays and all the things that I didn’t get done in November. Part of me feels compelled to go back to finish the stories I started in 2017 but didn’t bring to completion, but I’m going to ignore that voice (even though it’s breaking the rules) and forge ahead with something new. Maybe a short story to get the year off to a good start.

I think that may be it for now. I’m off to find a story and tell it, then package it up and put it up for sale. Happy New Year!

Featured Image Photo by Marc Sendra martorell on Unsplash

Getting ready for 2018

I have lived through two birthdays, two Christmas celebrations, and one anniversary. I now have a little bit of a break to get ready for 2018, and here’s what that looks like for me. (In no particular order.)

  • Preparing my 2018 #bujo (it’s new and hot pink and incredibly attractive), which involves drawing in calendars, bringing over a couple of pages of tracking things, and getting all the pages drawn out that start my months.
  • Prepping my 2018 word tracker (it’s just a spreadsheet), which involves setting up formulas to automatically total words, average weekly totals, rank weeks, and display my best month. It’s more than a bit involved, but terribly helpful once completed.
  • Cleaning out the last of the “must clean” areas (since there’s probably not enough time to do them all), and that is going to be much like it sounds, including a trip to more than one second-hand store to rehome things I no longer love.
  • Settling on my writing goals for next year, whether that means words or stories – I haven’t quite decided yet.

I’m sure there will be more tidying, maybe cleaning out a closet, making sure all my thank-you notes are written, stuff like that – trying to make sure there’s nothing urgent left undone this year.

I wrote over 200,000 words of fiction this year, by the way! I may take more time to really get to the details later this week or perhaps early next. It’s actually really kind of interesting.

Okay, I’m going to sign off for now. Have a lovely 2018 to you all if I don’t see you until then!