Happy New Year! + 2018 Goals

It’s hard to believe another year has gone by, but it has—and much to my surprise, I’ve pretty much achieved my goals. (This is only surprising to me because usually, I don’t set any goals.)

Last year, I set out to achieve three things: (1) finish editing Book I of my fantasy series, (2) begin planning and writing Book II of said fantasy series, and (3) plan the end of a long-distance relationship I was involved in. (Notice how I used the past tense.)

#1 I’ve done; I’m still not “finished”, per se, but I’m “done” for now. I’ve sent the thing out to beta readers and am currently still getting some feedback to consider. So far so good. (Thought maybe I could be done with the whole beta reader process and edits based on that before now, but that was a joke. Still, I consider this goal “accomplished”.)

#2 I can also check off the list. Barely started actually writing the story just a few days ago so squeaked that one in. (My progress bar on the side of my website now reflects this.) One particular scene was in my head and I just wanted to get it down on paper. Since I’m still waiting on feedback for the first novel, I thought this would be a good time to get the second one going.

As for #3, well, things just didn’t work out with me and the ex-boyfriend. I think we were in very different places in our lives, and our lifestyles were way too different to really coincide. He was a lot more footloose and bohemian than me. Traveled light…that kind of thing. (And here I am collecting vintage furniture I don’t necessarily need.) There’s a certain appeal to that, but if you’re talking about possibly spending the rest of your life together and moving to another state…well, I’ll let you fill in the blanks.

There was also the issue of him changing his tune from “I can see us getting married” and nonchalantly asking me about ring styles to “I’m not sure I want to get married/believe in marriage anymore,” which is enough in and of itself if you ask me. #dealbreaker

That all happened back in February, in addition to having to put down my two very sickly cats of 17 years, and I’ve pretty much been single ever since. Actually, I think I’m a lot happier being single. Looking back on my dating escapades, I think I’ve always been happier single. Doesn’t mean I don’t get curious about men every now and then; I like men. (Well, some of them.) I’m just not sure I ought to be living with one. See, I happen to be responsible with my money, I live a pretty stable life, and I still believe that marriage can be a good thing. Unfortunately, none of those things seem to be en vogue with the guys I run into nowadays. (Because in my past lives, apparently, things were different. </sarcasm>)

I could really go on about this if I’m not careful, but that’s not why I started this post; I’m setting some new goals for the New Year, people. Three of them, to be exact—two that are writing-related and one that’s more personal. After all, that’s what I did last year, so y’know, let’s not get too creative.

Okay, I lied: let’s do two personal goals. There, I’m trying something new now.Read More »

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Happy New Year & New Beginnings

Boy, 2012 sucked!

Just sayin’.  I’m totally happy it’s over. 😀

To be perfectly honest, I haven’t done much editing in the past two-ish weeks.  Dealing with other stuff (like saving up and pushing plans for the new business!).  Though, the day before last I made myself jump back on the horse, so to speak, and I intend to edit another chapter right after I finish this post.

It’s a start.

I’ve got a lot on my mind right now, such as what to do about my current employment situation in retail.  The company offers benefits even to its part-time employees, which is nice, but they don’t really pay particularly well…  So, with the seasonal hours withering away with December…I’m wondering if I’ll have to go back out on a job hunt (again) to see if I can’t find something better–even if it’s not remotely related to my field.

…’Cause I really need benefits soon, but I also need to make a suitable amount of money to support my decision to start my own business–not to mention pay off the crapload of student loans I managed to accrue over a few years…

*sighs*

2013 won’t be easy for me, but it holds a lot of potential, folks.  I just gotta be willing to do whatever it takes–including making steady progress with the novel.

So here’s to new (and better) beginnings. 🙂