No, not these guys.
I thought I’d update you on my creative goals for this year, the doors I want to walk through.
Behind Door 1: a final manuscript of
Yes Novel Salt Novel (edited 1.10.16)
This goal changed only ten days into the new year, as my editor and I decided to set aside the manuscript I was working on and pick up a different one. I’m thrilled about that and loving the chance to dive back into the world of Salt Novel, which is set on an island. So fun! I got a little sick, and that set me back in my revision timeline, but then again, we just decided to push the publication back to summer 2018, so it’s probably okay. I feel good about the direction of this book; I’ll update you after I submit a draft to my editor next month! But rest assured, you’re gonna love these characters. They are fun and jaded and had so many sharp edges. I adore them.
Behind Door 2: a first draft of my next novel.
This is not gonna happen, not with the revised timeline. That’s okay.
Behind Door 3: three new story ideas, just the bare bones.
I’ve been thinking on these– I have characters taking shape in my brain, characters who beckon me to know them better.
Behind Door 4: a writing retreat.
I’m planning it for this summer. Gosh, I feel like I could do so much damage if I could just get a week in Duluth.
Behind Door 5: a day of creative exploration.
I haven’t really thought about this much. I was waiting for it to be nicer outside first. And then– “like the first signs of spring, like good news” (Narnia)– it was 60 degrees here yesterday! (And then today it snowed a little. Oh Minnesota.)
Behind Door 6: a pruned TBR shelf, via reading and weeding.
I’m getting back in the rhythm of reading! Feels so good. I just DNFed a book halfway through last night, which sucks (and no, I won’t tell you which book! I really want my blog to be a place where I rave about the books I love, not complain about the books I don’t– which is why you will almost never see a negative review here). That prompted me to go through my TBR (to be read) bookshelf and be brutally honest with myself about what books I’m unlikely to read. I pulled almost twenty books off the shelf!
Behind Door 7: a book of poetry every month.
Staying on track! Tomorrow my review of It Becomes You by Dobby Gibson will go live. Join me next month in reading Siphon, Harbor by Brooklyn Copeland. A list for the whole year is available here.
Behind Door 8: a healthier writing lifestyle.
Figuring it out! I’m taking one day a week away from writing, which feels really good and alleviates the pressure. I’ve also created a detailed word count document that keeps me from feeling like I have to do EVERYTHING RIGHT NOW. Next step: training myself to go to bed on time!!
So, there you have it. Trucking along. Mostly. 🙂
What kinds of books are you pruning? I know a little English teacher who needs more classroom books… 😉 But seriously, 20 books should fetch a few bucks at Half Price!
It was almost entirely YA! Sorry! I took ’em to HPB earlier today!! 😦 How are you, friend??
I think it’s so great you were able to change your goals in accordance with changes in what you and your editor discussed. Sometimes I will stick something out until the bitter end (the end being when it is very clear I won’t make it) to the detriment to all the other things I could have been working on. Good luck finding a healthier writing life style in particular. I think that one is so important and, yet, so elusive.