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Monday, December 9, 2013

Goals and Writing

It’s the end of the year, as I was reminded by one of my online game opponents (who happens to be a bookkeeper), and a time to assess and reassess and see where I am and where I want to go. Some areas of my life are what they are. I accept it with an eye toward the idea of changing over time, or accepting whatever may be may be… “Que sera, sera,” if you will.

I’m all about bettering myself. If there’s a book out there about some real or imagined flaw that I find in myself (or possibly pointed out to me by a very observant, and caring “friend”), I am one of the first people to buy that book! Although, I admit, I am not a huge fan of self-help books. The most recent book I purchased for self-help was called “Getting Things Done.” It’s still only partially read. That’s one thing I need to put back on my To-Do list. (Yes, I get the irony. Is now a good time to mention all the books on procrastination I have yet to read?)

Okay, so where am I going with this? I’ve been thinking… A dangerous pastime, I know! I’ve been thinking about my writing. I don’t want a lot. My life’s dream would be to make enough money to just help my family out a little here and there. I don’t need millions, or even tens of thousands of dollars. You know, like maybe five thousand. A year. Okay, maybe three times that a year...

But I’m not going to make anything if I don’t get things finished.

So my goal, or one of them anyway, is to write every* day. I plan to use my blog kind of like a jumping off place. Call it my warm-up. Writing exercise. At least in one area of my life I can get whooped into shape, right? I am, unfortunately, easily overwhelmed, and if you know anything aboutmy life, it’s nothing if not a bit complicated at times. So I’m going to be gentle with myself, forgiving. I want to reach my goals and not be mad at myself. I’m almost done with school, but that’s for another post.

*I need to note that by "every" day I mean that I need to have a weekly goal so that I feel accomplished. So even if I start out getting 1,000 words a day--maybe even working up to that? I know I've tried to do 2,000 a day and that proved to difficult for me at the time. I don't want to write on Sundays, and it's difficult on Fridays and Saturdays when Superman and the other super-heroes are home--not excuses, reality. Anyway, so the weekly goal would be 5,000 words a week. (And my blog writing will not go toward that goal, it's extemporaneous.)

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