I feel SO unprepared for this year. But we're going to ignore that pervasive, quiet sense of dread that accompanies every start of something new, and talk about the plans for this year. Or at least a few of them.
1) Focus on projects!
This is a problem I universally have. I need to do better at focusing on things before they're due in three days.
2) Post a short story to the blog every month.
Someone challenged me to write a short story every month for a year, so I'll be doing that. And then posting it on here. I think we'll try for a little more polish, so I'll work on them for a month and then post them at the beginning of the next month.
I'm challenging myself to read 52 books this year. I'll also be posting a short review and possibly a list of what books I'm ready when so people can read along with me if they like! This weeks book with be the Mongol Queens, because I already checked it out from the library. Feel free to make suggestions for next week.
For irl reasons I've felt like I'm scrambling behind the snowball that is my life for like two years now (or a year and a half, if you happen to be paying attention). I'm still not caught up. I get close sometimes, and then it seems to all spin off into left field on me. So. 2018 will be the year. I'll get back to where I'm supposed to be.
I'm going to write another post on this one, probably next week. The short version is that I agreed to do an utterly terrifying thing this year, and it's a first, and I'm going to need to psych myself up for this one. We'll talk about the long version next week. But outside of that specific thing, I posted before about needing to remind myself that I have skills, and this journey has been years long (more than a decade) and it's good for me to remember that. That's probably not just true writing wise. It never hurts to have at least a moderate amount of faith in your abilities. I need to work on that more.
Okay. Cold-Brain is checking out for the night. But I will finish The Secret History of the Mongol Queens by Saturday, and post something about it!