Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get down to business.
I’m back. And I’m ready to rock.
Last year I saw a similar lack of motivation during the season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. It’s a tough time, given the mass commercialism and celebrations going on around us. So I put my work aside, blog included, to be more present with my family and other responsibilities. But in the next week, I’m getting back to work—on my novel and on my life. So today’s post is going to document my New Year’s resolutions.
Resolution #1 – Write two novels
Considering I wrote the entire Fall of Venus trilogy in one year, this is not an impossible feat. But I’ve slacked off quite a bit in the past year and it’s going to take a lot of self-discipline to get myself back on track. Please note that I will write two novels, not necessarily publish them. That’s because I’ve been considering going the traditional route with this series rather than self-publishing. Yes, I feel that confident about it already. Actually, knowing myself I totally lack the patience to go traditional. But either way, I would like to have the second, and possibly third, novels completed before publishing the first. I know my readers would prefer that as well.
Resolution #2 – Write/illustrate at least one children’s book
This has been on my “to-do” list for several years, but I’ve been putting it off for some vague reason. There are several really cool ideas floating around in my mind and I’m bound and determined to get at least one of them down in print.
Resolution #3 – Feed my family a healthy whole foods diet
Yeah, I know. This has absolutely nothing to do with writing, but it needs to be done. When my eldest was born I was a “no-french-fry” mom. Not even a major catastrophic event would make take him near a fast food restaurant or feed him macaroni and cheese. But by the time my second was born, life happened and cooking from scratch was a novelty I could no longer afford due to time constraints. And over the last few years I’ve been reduced to feeding them a crappy standard American diet filled with potato chips, Oreos, and chicken nuggets. No more. I no longer have the excuse of too little time to prepare food. So starting today, I feed my kids real food. They won’t like it. My oldest has already threatened to starve himself. But I have to put their health first.
Resolution #4 – Reduce material possessions
I have too much crap and I need to get rid of it. Having stuff just means more cleaning and organizing—things I don’t have time for if I’m going to focus on writing. But I’m keeping my books. Totally keeping all my books. 😉