Tuesday, January 13, 2015

All The Best Laid Plans, Part II

The good news: in 2014 I did finish BIRTHRIGHT. And believe it or not, I wrote a collaboration with a friend. I also started another collaboration, and have been working feverishly on book 3 in the DESCENDANT series. I prepared WATER SO DEEP for publication. I attended a Utah conference and one in Kansas—and none in Texas. And I no longer live by the beach (boo!) but the mountains instead.

In 2014 I learned two very valuable lessons. 1. I can work through the hard stuff, even if it happens slowly. But equally important, 2. I realized that I don’t always have to.

I am allowed to not write for a month. Or two. I am allowed to catch up on TV shows I’ve missed instead of writing blogs, and to go Christmas shopping instead of finishing a chapter. Because stuff happens, and I am human.

I have high hopes for this year.

1.       The ebook of WATER SO DEEP will release February 2nd. The hardcover may be a week or two later, depending on circumstances beyond my control. And that’s OKAY.
2.       Book 3 in the DESCENDANT series is about half-drafted, even though it should have been to the editor by January 1st. And that is also okay. I will catch up, and it will be published on time. (I HOPE.)
3.       WSD will have a sequel, and I will write it and hope to prepare it for publication sometime this summer. Maybe.
4.       My collaborations and other projects will continue to move forward. I hope to finish at least two of them aside from the above mentioned projects.

But if life happens and things get in the way, I will adapt. No matter what goals or resolutions I reach, I will keep writing, keep trying, so that no matter what, by the end of the year, I will have made progress.

And that, my dear friends, is the whole, entire point.

Progress for the win!       


Elana Johnson said...

Yay for progress! It's so true that we don't have to do all we thought we did.

Michelle D. Argyle said...

It sounds like you've learned some really valuable lessons, and that's better than accomplishing any project. You go girl! You'll be able to be happier and more productive because of everything you've learned.