Monday, May 16, 2016

Goal Setting and Reality

I turned thirty recently. It doesn't seem real, mainly because I still feel like I just graduated high school and just got married and just had kids. None of it adds up to thirty. Old people aren't joking when they say time goes by faster as you get older. But I'm not here to talk about my impending doom and possible mid-life crisis, I'm here to talk about the reality of setting goals and the reality that goes along with not accomplishing those goals.

Five years ago I made a certain goal for myself: get an agent by the time I was thirty. Unfortunately that hasn't happened...yet. I'm not losing hope, but I am frustrated and disappointed by how slow it seems to be going.

It's scary to realize that the goals I set for myself five years ago aren't happening. They are a little closer than before, but still out of grasp. So, what now? It's time to reassess. I took a step back this weekend to reflect on what's happened to keep me from accomplishing this goal and what I can do to make it happen. What l learned is that part of it is my own doing. I've been revising two books for the last several months and that's taken away my focus from finishing any new manuscripts. I've started a couple that I really love, but have yet to complete a first draft. So, yeah, part of it is time management, part of it is prioritizing the wrong projects.

The other part it TIMING. Maybe it's just not my turn yet. That's hard one to swallow because I have no control over it. I do have control over how to react to all the things happening, or in this case not happening, in my life. I'm choosing not to freak out and keep going. That's what distinguishes the winners from the losers.

So now to my new goal: write write and write some more. Don't put a time frame on anything, it will happen when it's meant to happen. But it definitely won't if I stop writing.

Hope you all have set goals for yourself and are trying to accomplish them. But remember, it's okay to fail, because it gets you one step closer to success.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hello, Monday!

Wow, every time I think I'm getting back on track with the writing and blogging thing, I fall behind. Maybe I should stop giving myself so much credit.

The last little while has been productive, though, so there is that. I'm pretty much done with revisions and I have another idea simmering at the back of my mind. I think the only way I'll get through to the end and move on forward is holding myself accountable and blogging helps in that aspect because writing down my goals and publishing them to the world is a great way to be accountable, not just to myself but to everyone out there in the blogosphere. (Sorry for the long winded sentence.)

So, I'll start this Monday off with some goals:

- Revise two chapters (only a few left!)
- Read that book you've been wanting to forever but keep putting off with lame excuses
- Start an outline for new book idea!

How are all of you doing? Did anyone participate in NaNo (Only hours left until it's over!)?

Monday, October 5, 2015

October 2015!!!

WOW! It has been a while, but I have a good excuse for my absence....

Presenting Soren Cam Pickett

I had a baby...a preeetttttyyyy good excuse. Now that it's been a month things are starting to calm down a bit (only slightly) I feel ready to get back into the blogging and writing thing. And I have missed it terribly! I feel like I have missed out on so much lately and want to catch back up. So, if you have anything to share, feel free to do so in the comments! (I know I suck at responding to comments, but one of my new goals is to get better at it.)

I want to start out this week by stating some goals for the week, like old times. I need some serious accountability, especially because I'm still working on my revisions for the agent who requested them.

Goals for October
1. Finish Revisions! I know it's a lofty goal, but I'm aiming high, people!

Goals for the week:
1. Revise two or more chapters. I'm about halfway through already so I think this is manageable.
2. Dive into a book
3. Get back into my exercise routine. I miss working out!
4. Take naps!  (This might be my favorite goal!)

Alrighty then! That's all for now, folks. Hope we all have a productive week!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Ready. Set. Write! Update: Week 9

How I Did On My Goals:
- Print out a hard copy of Fading and start revisions on big issues: Check and Check!
- Try to read if there's time: I finished The Devil You Know by Trish Doller. It definitely had it's moments but I saw the ending coming. 
- Have fun with the family: My boys started swimming lessons this week and it was great to watch them learn and grow. 

Goals For This Week:
- Continue revisions on Fading. Be organized with it all.
- Have fun camping later this week

A Favorite Line From My Story/ A Phrase That Sums Up What I Wrote/ Revised:
Big picture. Everything I'm changing with have some kind of effect on the rest of the manuscript so I have to keep the big picture in mind while going through the revisions.

The Biggest Challenge I Faced This Week:
Time and exhaustion. I napped pretty much every day this week. My energy levels seem to be dropping. Plus with swim lessons, doctor appointments and errands finding time can be difficult.

Something I Love About My WIP:
The romance. Love me some swooning!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Ready. Set. Write! Update: Week 8

Had a family camping trip last week, hence the reason for my absence last week.

How I Did On My Goals:
Write: Got it done! I was able to revise another couple of chapters!
Read: I read Map To The Stars, a super cute contemporary.
Kids: We had a blast with our family during our trip. We did lots of river floats, some kayaking, went on bike rides. All in all a success!

My Goals For This Week:
So I have to change up my goals for the rest of RSW. I received an R&R from an agent on another project I had queried a while back but had put on the back burner. She gave me some great insights and I'm so excited to get to work on them! As far as the goals go for this week, they are as follows:

-Print out a hard copy of Fading, my R&R manuscript, and start revisions on the "big" issues.
- Try to read a book, if there's time.
- Have fun with the family in between all of it.

A Favorite Line From My Story/ A Phrase That Sums Up What I Wrote/ Revised:
DRAMA. Lots of drama.

The Biggest Challenge I Faced This (last) Week:
Time constraints were an issue. It was hard to get writing in while prepping for our family trip, but I somehow managed to get some revising done.

Something I Love About My WIP:
That the characters feel like real people, not just figments of my imagination.

Good luck this week!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Ready. Set. Write! Update: Week 6

Has it already been six weeks??? Sheesh, this summer is going by fast. Here's how my goals went:

Revise another chapter or two: Yup! Got two done. Both were a little intense because I deleted old scenes and added brand new ones, but it was well worth it.

Write new words: I did this... kind of. Since I added a new scene in the project I'm currently revising, I think it counts?

Read something: I read The Wrath and the Dawn, and it was incredible! This has been the year of Fantasy, let me tell you. So many amazing books! I also started Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan and really like it so far. I've never watched the show Revenge, but the premise sounds very similar.

Spend time with my kids: We had a great week filled with activities. My father-in-law was in town for work and we got to hang out with him and the kids had a blast with their grandpa. We also finally set up the tennis net on our court after almost five years. It's main function is a basketball court, but my kids love riding their bikes and other toys on there as well. Fun times.

My Goals For This Week:

Nothing too specific, I just want to get SOME kind of writing done.

A Favorite Line From My Story/ Phrase That Sums Up What I Wrote/ Revised:
Friendship. The chapter I focused most of my attention was very friendship centered and it was great to see the dynamic between my MC and her bff, who is a favorite side character of mine.

The Biggest Challenge I Faced This Week:
Energy, or lack thereof. As the pregnancy progresses my energy stores deplete and this week was especially difficult. I wanted to take a nap every day!

Something I Love About My WIP:
Currently, the way it's coming together again. I changed the first third of it quite a bit and the changes have ripple effects along the whole manuscript, but they work!

Hope you all had a productive week!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Ready. Set. Write! Check In: Week 5

I was absent last week due to craziness.

How I Did On Last Weeks Goals:

- Revise a chapter: Done and done, plus another one!

- Write new words: Ehhh...nope

- Read a book: Finished Snow Like Ash by Sarah Raasch. I enjoyed it, but An Ember In The Ashes is my favorite fantasy of the year. Also I tried, like REALLY tried to get into The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi, but I just wasn't feeling it. I'm now into The Wrath and the Dawn!

- Make more memories with my kids:We had a wonderful Fourth of July weekend and my 3yo loved the fireworks!

This Weeks Goals:
- Revise another chapter (maybe two?)
- Write new words
- Read something
- Give each of my children individual attention

A Favorite Line From My Story Or One Word/ Phrase That Sums Up What I Wrote/Revised:
Family. This story is very family oriented and the last couple of chapters have focused on my MCs relationship with her deceased mother and the lack of one with her father and grandparents. I really love developing the details around their issues and how they're going to come together.

The Biggest Challenge I Faced This Week:
Time. With the holiday weekend it was hard to find any time to do anything but prepare!

Something I Love About My WIP:
The family aspect of the story. There aren't very many YA novels out there that deal with family issues as much. A lot of times parent seem to barely be there at all. I wanted to write a story that dealt with those things along with all those other issues facing teens today (like falling in love for the first time).

Cheering all you other RSW participators on!