This Friday’s title is brought to you by the Smashing Pumpkins. If you haven’t checked them out, you should. It is the middle of November. Do you know where you NaNos are? Good luck to all of you trying to crank out the big 50K or the lesser 30K this month. My heart is with you even if my keyboard is not.
October was dedicated to balance. I spent the month looking at how to balance my life with my writing life. I thought about what effort I was putting in to the writing business vs. the practice of writing. I was trying to maximize my efforts. I’ve also been working on recongnizing my strengths and weaknesses as a practicing writer. I am looking at building the best habits. I plan to spend what is left of my Friday doing some beta work and mapping out these goals. What a great day to plan your future, Friday 13th!
November will be about introspection, gratitude, and growth. What are my goals as a writer? What have I accomplished this year? What have I failed to achieve and why? What will I work on next year? How will I get there? What should I continue to do? What should I drop?
I am still working on time management. This is where the title comes in today. It isn’t that everyone wants a piece of me. That isn’t it al all. Instead, I am thinking of all the ways I surrender my time to the world.
Sometimes I make the choice to give up the time. A certain amount of my day is owned by or owed to my family and my day job. Sometimes it is taken. You have to love drama and the general plague that is lurking about. At other times, I yield to temptation. Yes, Castle crew, I am looking in your direction. I wonder if the world is a vampire or perhaps time is the vampire. There is a poem in there that I’ve been playing with for years.
In December many of my writing friends start posting about achievements for the current year and their revised goals for the next. It appears I am starting early this year. What are your thoughts? Care to share your answers to any of the questions I am playing with?