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Well, it's the last month of the year and I've been thinking a lot about my goals for 2014. They're pretty lofty. I want to (in no particular order): edit my NaNo novel- like really, seriously edit. Like, maybe someday I'll actually ask someone to read the thing kind-of edit. I know you veteran writers may be a little appalled to learn that I've never done that before. And you'll also, undoubtedly, encourage me to just get on wih it already because geez how can you call yourself a writer when you've never even edited one of your novels? Don't you know that's what writing is?!? Or maybe that's the voice in my own head. Either way, it needs to happen.
On non-writing related fronts I also plan to compete in my first tournament in January (nerves, much?) and I will continue to manage the tournament team which means booking hotels, arrainging travel plans, communicating with tournament hosts, registering competitors and all the rest. And, as if all that weren't enough, I've got my 3rd Dan black belt test to train for! *scared face*
Not to mention that I believe there is a pretty high probability that I'm going to get this job I want so much (more on that when I get the call) and new and exciting also means challenging and very, very time consuming. My schedule would flip-flop to a certain extent and it would test the limits of my time managment skills in the beginning as I adapt and try to form a new routine.
All-in-all, there's a lot on my plate. It's all good, exciting, wonderful stuff but it's also all very challenging. And of course, I have to wonder, will I get it all done? Will I be able to manage my day and fit in everything? How on earth am I going to meet all these goals?
I have a huge capacity for loafing and when left to my own devices can while away the hours without accomplishing anything of note. To not fall into that trap, and even more to set small, realistic, attainable goals for myself everyday and actually accomplish them everyday is a BIG challenge.
But I'd like to believe that I am up for such a challenge. I'd like to believe that my committment to all of these things is strong enough that I will make the time, rise above and find my new stride.
I look to some of my friends in bloggerdom for inspiration: those of you juggling full time jobs and children and book tours and marketing and blog hops and volunteer activites at animal shelters or food pantries and drafting new stories and participating in things like this to support and promote other authors. You guys absoltuely astound me. And I would love to be able to astound myself. Here's hoping.
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