When I wrote about New Year Resolutions last year, one of the things I wrote was that I would not beat myself up for what I didn’t get done, but to celebrate what I did accomplish.
I’m having a hard time with that as we head into 2016 – even though my writing-related accomplishments aren’t too shabby for someone with a FT ‘regular’ job and kids:
- (Re)released Audiobook version of True Surrender
- Released Ranger’s Luck (April)
- Released Ranger’s Destiny (June)
- Published print “combo” of the Army Ranger Series books #1 and #2
But there were so many MORE things I wanted to do! I wanted to work on Lady Biker Book #2. I wanted to reacquaint myself with ideas I had for Biker’s Kiss ‘editions.’ I wanted to get farther along on the Army Ranger Series.
I passed up an opportunity to produce a condensed version of Taiko True (musical drum drama) at the Fringe Festival (which turned out to be a good thing since my motorcycle accident happened just days before the show would have opened).
And as I write this, I’m at 40K words on my small-town romance featuring an ex-baseball player (I had hoped to have a finished rough draft by now). And his best friend is just itching for his *own* story. Do I take more time away from my other projects to tell it?
And don’t get me started on promoting my books (I was dismal at that this year)!
My excuses? The usual:
- Work (not even going to go there)
- Kids (actually, being a soccer mom is pretty fun most of the time)
- Motorcycle crash (definitely derailed my writing plans for a quarter of the year)
But I did learn something about my writer-self this year: I prefer to write full-length novels (rather than novellas).
So I guess this is what my goals in 2016 revolve around: learning more about myself as a creative entity, and continuing the path of creative discovery, even when what I create may not be considered ‘commercially viable.’ And to keep dreaming big!
What about you? Do you have a dream or idea you wish you had the time, money or guts to follow? Or did you DO IT in 2015? Drop me a note and tell me about it!