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2018 - New Adventures, More Good Stuff

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On this day last year, I wrote a post about my goals for 2017. It wasn't a resolution post, because resolutions are about what you want to change, and I wanted to focus on keeping up the things that were working in my life. A lot has changed on its own since then, but the good stuff remains, broadly, the same. So here's how I did and what I'm going to do about it this year.

Write More

Last Year

Well that certainly worked out. Last year I wrote half a first draft for a paranormal romance while I was querying. It got back-burnered when publishing offers for The Pick Up came in, and also because it turns out I need to learn some world building techniques, but I was more than halfway through when I shelved it. I'll come back to it someday. After that, I wrote and polished the full draft of The Hang Up and I have to say I'm super proud of it.

This Year

Just keep swimming, right? I'm starting the Set Up. It's due in July, but I'm hoping to get it done earlier. After that? Who knows? So many little plot bunnies in my head. I even picked up a new one this weekend about a marriage that ends in an IKEA. So I'm just going to keep on writing until the plot bunnies are all out.

Work More

Last Year

Oh boy did I work. I survived a merger, hired a new team member, managed ten people and struggled to meet the needs and expectations of several hundred. Then I took on a second job by signing on to write three books for Riptide. So yeah. I worked.

This Year

Those of you who follow me on Medium will also know that I quit my job late last year. On the surface of it, the timing looks like I did it so I could write full time, but the reasoning is more complicated than that. I'm going to take some time to figure out what the next best professional step for me will be. This is not retirement. I'm 36 and there are bills to pay so I'm still going to have to work this year. I'm just going to do it on my terms. What that looks like, on this second day of the year, is largely TBD.

Relax More

Last Year

Well I did my best. We traveled. I went to GRL and met some awesome people. I did a few writers weekends. I spent an unexpected week at my parents'. I also took on the aforementioned second job via book writing which is, actually, relaxing for me, but did add some extra pressure to my life at the same time.

This Year

Well, without that 40-hour a week commitment of my office job, there is the potential to relax more. I keep hearing that I'm going to fill my time so fast I'll wonder how I ever managed to fit a job in there. I'm okay with that as long as, for the most part, I fill it with things that are satisfying. I loved my co-workers, but I used to expend a lot of energy being 'on' at my job. If I can expend that same energy towards really satisfying work this year, I will probably find my mental health is all the better for it.

Hang Out More

Last Year

I tried. Really. I stage managed a play and went to some writers meet ups, and spent more time with family. But the short story is I'm a solid introvert and I like my alone time. Plus I had a book to write so, you know, hermit.

This Year

When Jay and I started talking about me leaving my job, the second thing he said was "I'm worried you'll never leave the house." He knows me so well. We should have an over/under on how many days I can hang out in this house before I start to get cabin fever. My money is on 12. This year, I'm going to have to actively look for opportunities to connect with people in person. If you're in the GTA and need a writerly coffee date, I'm your girl!!

So that's the plan for 2018. I'm sure I'll find I'm wrong about at least 50% of this. This time last year, I could not have imagined I'd be working on the third instalment of a 3-book contract and that I'd have left the corporate world in my rearview mirror. Undoubtedly, 2018 will have all sorts of unforeseen twists in it that will derail this plan by March. I'll keep you posted.

How about you? What good stuff are you going to try to hang on to this year?

 

2017 - More of the Good Stuff

I mostly suck at New Year's resolutions. There was the year I resolved to read more books. That went pretty well. But most years, good intentions, hell, you know how it goes. As you can tell by the progress on my 100 day workout challenge, big goals that are out of my norm often get left by the wayside. So instead of setting new resolutions, I went back through 2016 and picked the things I enjoyed the most that I want to keep doing.

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Write More

Well obviously. That's kind of the point, isn't it? I'm drafting now, so the goal is 3500 words a week. 100% doable. I did it between May and September without fail last year and got the Blue Vixen draft done.

Other writing? Sure. Blogging? Yup. More sad essays about infertility? Hopefully positive essays about how our adoption adventure has a happy ending instead, but we'll see. I can't predict that one. Smutty one shots for my tiny but adoring fanbase when the mood strikes? Probably those too. I'm gonna write a lot this year.

Relax More

Last year, I took time off. We traveled to Boston and Newfoundland. I went to two writer's retreats. I spent a lazy weekend on the river with my parents and my nephew. But on December 1st, I had three weeks of vacation left to use up at my day job. Three! First World Problems, I know. And I didn't even use them all, which means I've rolled over into 2017 with an extra week, leaving me over five weeks to use this year.

I enjoy my job (see the next goal), but I'm going to try to be there (just slightly) less this year. I've got a writer's weekend planned in February, and another in June. Maybe one in April too? It involves a plane ride to Nevada, but it sounds pretty cool. I'm going to do these, and I'm not going to rush out of the office at the last minute to get there. Take the day, drive the long way. That's the plan.

Also, if you have a cottage with a spare bed in the months of July or August, let me know. I'll bring the wine.

Work More(-ish)

 

Look, writing is the thing that keeps me up at night, but work is the thing that pays the bills so I have the luxury to stay up at night worrying about writing.

Fortunately, I have a good job. It's a tough job, but it's a good one. Sometimes I even get to write for it. I have a great boss who knows when I'm freaking out but don't want admit it. I have a great team who seem to think I know what I'm doing. We're hiring and taking on a bunch of new locations. They're going to need me there. It's going to be an exciting year. So I'm going to keep going to the office every day, and working hard for the people who believe in me (and who finance my writing habit and those nifty trips mentioned above).

Hang Out More

I wrote last year about how I seem to have made friends in spite of myself. I just spent more than two weeks on vacation, and the first week was jammed with people who wanted to see me. Me? Lazy, sometimes grumpy, often bossy, but the best damn trivia partner you ever had, me? Weird.

A week of daily social obligations was a bit much, and I have since overcompensated by not leaving the house except to run over to the convenience store for crackers on New Year's Eve. But, the truth is, I like these people. They seem to like me. I can't be a hermit 100% of the time, and my persona as marketing manager extraordinaire needs an occasional break. So I'm going to spend more time with the people I like this year. Just a little more time.


There's my plan. No resolutions. Just more of the same. Doable, right?

What do you want to do more of this year?