The older I get the faster time flies. I wonder if it’s because when I was a child I lived in the moment, and as an adult I have a constant running list of things I want/need to accomplish?
I’m working to get back to that living in the moment mindset. I truly believe it is the key to a happy life.
I went back and reviewed my goals for 2017 and was quite pleased to see that I met more than half of them. I consider that a huge win since I always come up with more goals than I can possibly achieve unless I work all the time. That’s just not going to happen. Life needs to be lived.
I set a goal to write six new books in 2017. I ended up writing nine novellas and five novels. I am more than chuffed about that. I also published all but three. The three are in a new genre for me (romance) and I am going to try some different things with them. More on that when I’m ready.
I also met all my education goals and then some. I attended two eight day workshops on the Oregon coast with Kris Rusch, one for writing mysteries and one for writing science fiction. They were intense, informative, and pushed my writing harder than I’ve ever been pushed. In a nutshell, they were beyond great.
I also did a lot of reading on what’s happening in my industry and listened to many, many podcasts on same. There are so many ways to soak up information these days. I love it, especially when I can multitask. For example, it’s bitter cold here with frostbite warnings so my outside time is limited, but I can walk the treadmill while listening to a podcast. Two goals, one time slot. I love efficiency.
I dabbled with marketing in 2017 but backed off when I realized I needed to focus much more attention on it than I was ready to give. So that goal is on the new 2018 goal list.
In 2018 I want to write 6 more new books. I want to get a backlist built up so I can do some giveaways and try out some new marketing ideas. I want to continue my education on all aspects of my career as an author. And I have a few personal goals. I am already cruising in 2018 and very excited about what his year will look like if I keep up my efforts.
And that’s the key, isn’t it? Sustained, regular effort yields results. So, back to it.