Hey faithful readers, sorry for the long delay with any news and updates. I’ve been doing an atrocious job updating the facebook group as well. Mostly because there’s not a lot to report, at least not a lot of progress.
One big thing — My story “Snake Charmer” will be in the next issue of Saw Palm out of the University of South Florida. I did the proofs with the editor recently and had a great experience. I can’t wait to get my hard copy in the mail!
So of course one of my resolutions after the holiday is to try and write more. I think my problem is that I try to multitask too much. I need to choose a novel, sit down, and write it. And cut it out with the other stuff until I’m finished. Of course I’ll need to take breaks to blog and work on short stories, but as far as long term projects go, I need to do one thing at a time.
- Write the novel based on “Idylls of the King” as requested by the Running Wild editor.
- Finish up and send out Harvest of Ash.
- Finish up and edit Drifting, and then forget it about it forever, because it SUCKS. But I will be damned if I spent that much time working on it not to finish it. I can at least publish it on Wattpad
- Finish Our Liberties We Prize
- Finish season 2 of Alayna and the Beast and submit
- Finish Retinue of Lost Ones
- Finish my “secret book” that may or may not be a romance novel.
I’m running a serious risk here. After a long time passes of working on one book, I might not remember how the other one was supposed to go. I guess that’s just the price of doing business. Because if I have an editor wanting a particular book, I obviously gotta get on that shit. Call me Marshmallow, because if I see a sweet potato pie, I am on top of it.
Here’s a great post I saw on Facebook today about New Year’s Resolutions.
1. Give Up On The Unhealthy Lifestyle
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” — Jim Rohn
2. Give Up The Short-term Mindset
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” — Mae West
3. Give Up On Playing Small
“Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone, and as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
— Marianne Williamson
4. Give Up Your Excuses
“It’s not about the cards you’re dealt, but how you play the hand.”
― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
5. Give Up The Fixed Mindset
“The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.” ― Robert Greene, Mastery
6. Give Up Believing In The “Magic Bullet.”
“Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better” — Émile Coué
7. Give Up Your Perfectionism
“Shipping beats perfection.” — Khan Academy’s Development Mantra
8. Give Up Multi-tasking
“Most of the time multitasking is an illusion. You think you are multitasking, but in reality, you are actually wasting time switching from one task to another “
— Bosco Tjan
9. Give Up Your Need to Control Everything
“Some things are up to us, and some things are not up to us.” — Epictetus
10. Give Up On Saying YES To Things That Don’t Support Your Goals
“He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly.”
— James Allen
11. Give Up The Toxic People
“Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution.”
— Albert Einstein
12. Give Up Your Need To Be Liked
“You can be the juiciest, ripest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be people who hate peaches.” — Dita Von Teese
13. Give Up Wasting Time *aka get off the damn Facebook*
“The trouble is, you think you have time” — Jack Kornfield
All right, until next time everybody. I promise to be better about updating the Facebook. Peace and love, and thanks so much for being here with me right now.