Resolutions, pantyhose, and getting published.
I just finished putting my order in for my 2011 office calendars. I order mine from Despair, Inc. (http://www.despair.com/) and they are full of motivational tidbits such as:
“Wishes: When you wish upon a falling star, your dreams can come true. Unless it’s really a meteorite hurtling to the Earth which will destroy all life. Then you’re pretty much hosed no matter what you wish for. Unless it’s death by meteor.”
Well, all of this happy time has got me thinking about what I want to change in the New Year. Now, don’t cringe – I don’t make personal resolutions anymore. I gave them up when I turned 30 and also gave up wearing pantyhose. Why make a resolution and then kick myself later when I fail because I wasn’t really committed in the first place? I know mw -when I’m really tired of having “fat pants”, I’ll lose the weight. ‘Nuff said.
I’m a cynic at heart and it’s a commonly accepted fact that I will always think of a way for things to go wrong. This suits my day job just fine. I’m an attorney for the Department of the Navy and I spend most of my time creating back-up plans, alternative options, and new strategies for when things go wrong in the multi-billion dollar contracts I negotiate. It’s my job to think of the pitfalls and then think of clever ways to avoid them and keep our uniformed heroes out of danger. When I resolve at work to do something – it happens.
I love my job – but it isn’t what feeds my soul. That’s my writing.
So, if I want to be a published author someday (which I do) I also need to approach my writing job with the same tenacity that apply to solving the Navy’s issues. Treat it like a job and make it a priority. And, I haven’t been consistent in that approach. Which is crazy – because this writing gig is awesome! So, for the first time since 2000, I’m going to make a few resolutions:
- Write everyday. Even if it’s just 100 words, I will put new words down on paper. I’ve even joined a writing loop that will help me remain accountable.
- Plan my workshops and other educational pursuits. I love a good workshop but I need to be more selective and pick out ones that target my needs. Every workshop takes time to do properly and that cuts into my writing time.
- Read. I came to this as a lover of books and I need to continue reading in order that to satisfy that need.
- Regulate my internet time. I call the internet “legalized crack” and that’s exactly what it is. Social networking is necessary and fun, but I get sucked in and suddenly I’ve lost hours.
- Give back. I’m still an unpublished newbie at this whole publishing thing but I have received countless help, advice and support from my WRW, RWA, and GIAM friends. So, I have selectively picked two activities to support – RWA’s PRO-Ed committee and the GIAM.
- 2011 will be my year. You heard me say it. Now, I resolve to make it happen.
What are your resolutions? Are they personal or focused on writing? Did you also give them up along with wearing pantyhose?
As a Christmas gift from me to you, I will pick a comment randomly and send you a 2011 Demotivator calendar from Despair, Inc.
From my heart I wish you a happy holiday season with those you love. See you in 2011!