Last year, 2017, was the year for some of the biggest shifts in my life, and they happened, it seemed, all at once: having our first baby; quitting my secure, but stressful, nine to five job to be a full-time mom; learning to budget even tighter than before; and switching to part time, mostly work-from-home, employment by tutoring and teaching college English. And all this happened while I was trying to get used to having a newborn around and letting my body heal and settle into a new way of life.
But 2018 has given me hope that there is a new way to dance through the chaos and still reach my goals, goals which I’ve made more realistic. Teaching, finally, is becoming easier, having taught for a few semesters. With a few rounds under my belt, I no longer have to spend hours creating lesson plans, quizzes, tests, etc. from scratch. That and the fact that my baby is now older and a tad bit more independent has led to me finally having time to do the writing, editing, and creating that I’ve so wanted to get done.
I still don’t quite know which novel work-in-progress I’ll finish first, but I’m determined to finish at least one of them, if not two by the end of this year. Summer, when there isn’t any teaching to do, will be my main season for getting as many words down as possible. I’m excited about each of those projects, but my high fantasy novel and my YA/NA science fiction novel are the two I’d like to complete this year.
“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” —Pablo Picasso
I also have a lot to learn, still. As a writer who is going to follow the indie publishing route, I will be saving and looking for an editor, purchasing a professional cover (or two), learning the art of pre-launch marketing, experimenting with Amazon ads and other promotions, and balancing a new financial branch in my life. The good thing is, I’m not alone. There have been many other indies that have come before me and many who are making this journey at the same time as I am. That community is strong, and I am thankful that I have access to those resources.
In addition to all this, I have goals of creating videos and vlogs for writing topics and to document my writing and publishing journal. I want to create content that will both build my author platform and give back to the writing community that continues to help push me along.
Well…we’re already almost three weeks into 2018, and I have a lot to do to get to those goals. So, I’ll get back to work….