January, 2020

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Time Troubles (An IWSG Post)

It’s the first second Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time for another action-packed installment of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.

(I’m assuming that anyone reading this post is already well-versed in the IWSG, but if you’re new and/or just interested in more information and/or a complete list of participants, please click on the above link.)

This month’s awesome co-hosts are T. Powell Coltrin, Victoria Marie Lees, Stephen Tremp, Renee Scattergood, and J.H. Moncrieff.

This month’s (optional) question asks, “What started you on your writing journey? Was it a particular book, movie, story, or series? Was it a teacher/coach/spouse/friend/parent? Did you just “know” suddenly you wanted to write?”

As best I can recall, I just always was a writer from the moment I figured out how to do that whole words-putting-into-sentence-doing thing (Name! That! Reference!) You know, so like a whole year or two now…

Kidding. It’s been slightly longer than that. But just slightly.

Though, these days, it doesn’t feel as though I’ve been writing for most of my life. The timeline problem I mentioned in my previous post continues to be a problem. None of the solutions I’ve devised thus far hold up for more than a day or two.

Eventually, I assume, I’ll hit upon the correct configuration of story, but until that magical day arrives, I’ll be a little stressed. All right, a lot stressed. I like having a plan in place. I like having a map to follow, even though I usually end up on a detour or two or twenty before it’s all said and done. I enjoy the detours. I enjoy puzzling out stories.

What I don’t particularly enjoy is bushwhacking my way through the Everglades or whatever jungle swamp form my WIP has decided to take on this week.

Thank goodness it’s a first draft, right?

Though I’ll keep devising new plans and trying them out until I find the one that works, I can’t help but worry that this time will be the time I don’t find the one that works.

But it probably won’t be. Right?


Thanks for stopping by today—I’ll try to do better next month.

New Year, Same Goals

Happy New Year, all! Hope everyone out there had a wonderful holiday season.

As has become my own little tradition, this post will be all about goals. I’ll be laying out what I hope to accomplish during the course of the year, as well as what I hope to do this month. It’s like double coupon day at the grocery store. Only instead of saving money on your groceries, you get to read an extra-long list of my goals.

Many of these goals will be no different from last year’s, as I pretty much failed to achieve each and every one of them. Oops. This year, however, I hope to do a bit better. Which shouldn’t be hard considering, again, that I pretty much failed to achieve each and every one of them.

In the interest of time and making this post as short as possible, I’ve decided to add a little bullet point at the end of each goal to detail what I’m planning to do on each particular goal during the month of January.

Are you ready? I know I can’t wait…

The 2020 Goals

—Publish Love & Other Lies

More affectionately known as the Terrible Romance Novel, this WIP has been creeping toward publication for a while now. With a little luck, 2020 just may be the year it sees the light of day. I still have to write a blurb for it, though, so it could really go either way.

  • January’s goal: Write the first draft of a possible blurb

—Complete first draft of Full Circle

Otherwise known as Book Three of my fantasy series, I added a good 50,000 words to this manuscript during last November’s NaNoWriMo event. I still have a loooooooooong way to go. Like, just so long. The plot continues to give me trouble. I know where I would like it to start and end, but everything in between is just…not right. Yet, anyway. I’ll figure it out eventually. I hope.

  • January’s goal: Complete Part One (note: it is, by far, the most complete of the novel’s three parts. If I can just work out this pesky timeline issue, this goal is totally doable. I hope.)

—Write the first draft of the Terrible Romance Sequel

Yep. There’s a sequel. My goddaughter (who loved the Terrible Romance Novel) would like to read another installment, so I decided to write one for her. Or try, at least. There isn’t very much of it yet, but the goal here will be to really begin the first draft during NaNoWriMo in November. So I have some time yet.

  • January’s goal: Jot down any ideas I may come up with during the course of the day, but for now this project’s on the back burner. I mean, did you see the second goal?!?

—Read at least 52 books

I have seriously dropped the reading ball the last few years. I don’t know why, but I’m seriously lacking in focus. I’m sure it has absolutely nothing to do with the amount of time I spend playing that Harry Potter Wizards Unite game.

Anyway, I’m maintaining hope that one book a week isn’t too much of a stretch.

  • January’s goal: Read four books

—Walk at least three miles per day

The one goal I actually managed to achieve last year! I’m hoping to keep that momentum going this year, as well as adding in some yoga and other aerobics to my fitness routine. You know, to keep things interesting and to prevent me from becoming part of my couch and/or desk chair.

  • January’s goal: Log 93 miles and complete at least one 15-minute yoga workout each week

—Declutter and Downsize

This will come as a shocking surprise, I know, but I am a scary hoarder of office supplies…and a few other things. This year, however, I aim to eliminate some of the clutter. Starting with the closet in my office. That is a super scary place that my significant other is currently not allowed to even look in. So I should probably change that. If I can. Once I go into that closet, though, I may never find my way back out…

  • January’s goal: Clean out and organize the office closet

And on that not-at-all ominous note, I’m outta here. I have a lot to do this month. And this year.

What was I thinking?

Did you set any goals for the year? Want to do some of mine for me?