Personal Update

I’ve been having trouble deciding what to write about this week. I’ve focused most of my energy and creativity on my work in progress lately and didn’t want to distract myself with a writing prompt. I’m so close to the end of the book and it’s so exciting. Times like this make me wish I could take a few days off from the day job and just get it done. But that’s not always an option.  

Anyway, I thought maybe a personal update this week would work. Back at the beginning of the year, I lowered my expectations for myself so I wouldn’t feel bad about not reaching my goals. Having a baby in the house was a big change and made it hard for me to achieve anything I wanted. Because he needed more attention or because I was just too damn tired to focus on the words.  

In May, though, I reevaluated. I’d gained momentum for a few months and I met and exceeded my goals. So, I knew it was time to up them again. I’m surpassing my word count goal every week now. I’ve kept on track with my reading and I’m sure I’ll reach my book goal for the year this time. I set a deadline for myself to get my short fiction collection up on amazon and I feel confident that I will make it. I literally just have to format the stories in Kindle Create and I’m waiting on my final cover design. And that’s it!  

As I said in the beginning, I’m almost done with the first draft of my current work in process. I’ve also started the first pass of editing on my full-length novel I plan to publish next. With any luck, I’ll be able to make this an actual job before the end of the year. As my WIP comes to a close, I’ve begun brainstorming my next project. I skimmed my idea notebook and forgot how many brilliant things I’d scribbled in there. It was hard to pick just one to work with.  

The last two months have been great, I believe. I feel so excited about writing again and I look forward to it every day. It’s the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do in life and I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t been able to get out of that rut. It goes to show that sometimes you have to step back and concentrate on little goals to make the big ones a reality. And I couldn’t have done it without the support of my friends and family. It really makes a difference when you have someone in your life that won’t let you quit.  

I can’t wait to announce my book release. The goal is to have it up on Amazon by July 31st. Hope you guys are excited! Thank you for sticking around with me all this time 😊  

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