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Can you believe that it’s almost the middle of March? I can’t, yet at the same time I can believe how quickly 2016 is passing–at least the spring fever and Camp Nanowrimo fever has taken over. I wanted to finish my outline. I wanted to make it better. I wanted to be this outlining queen so that I could finish my novel. Finally finish my novel.
And yet, after a conversation with my daughter about writing I realized something important–I am not a pantser or a plotter. I’m not a gardener or an architect. I’m what people often call an astronaut (though I’m not quite sure of why exactly, or a plotster, or a loose outliner. Does it matter whether or not I pants or plot my novel? To some it seems to, and yet it’s my novel to write and I should be writing it in the best way that I am able to, in a way that brings out the best of my talent.
As much as I would love to have an elaborate, finely detailed outline so that I didn’t have to second guess myself while I’m writing, the best way for me to write is to just write.
I’ve also given a great deal of thought to what I want to do with my website/this blog. And how serious I want to get with it. It’s past time I took it more seriously. I’m committed to writing. To journaling and my art. To “branding” myself in a positive way. To bettering the quality of my videos on YT. The only things (social media) I’m not real serious about are Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr. Perhaps when I get a better smart phone I’ll do more stuff with Instagram. Or when I figure out some kind of app for my desktop that works well in allowing me to put pictures from my actual camera into IG. I don’t want to spend anymore time than I already do on social media, and in order to do that stuff, or at least seriously, I’d have less time to do all the stuff I already do (and I don’t always have enough time now).
Tomorrow (well today now since it’s after midnight) I’ll be working on my novel and my art journal pages (my omni-journal), as well as my morning pages (first thing), and I’ll be working on some purging of clothes and shoes. Not to mention cleaning and cooking, going to the DMV for my son’s car, and going to look at a truck with Mr. Rockstar. And then I’ll be picking up my grandson from daycare, then my son from work, and then going home to finish putting dinner together….and that’s not including the dishes, spending time with my grandson, giving him a bath…Is there really enough time to be Tweeting, to be posting pics on IG, to be putting stuff on Tumblr? I don’t think so, at least not for me.
For the past few days I’ve been thinking about my goals for December, and next year. What do I want to accomplish? What would I like to change? What do I need to work on? The ideas come to me so it’s time to make a list:
- Write every day, whether it is 1000 words or 2000 words, I need to write every day.
- Writing: 750 words/morning pages, journal, novel, blog
- Art Journal: December prompts #onebookdecember
- Organize the closet in my writing room
- Clean out my desk and organize
- Get Mr. Viktor’s Christmas present
- Get Mr. Rockstar’s Christmas present
- Work on outline/storyboard
- Make a schedule for videos and blog posts. (Figure out whether I want to make writing videos once or twice a week, art journal video once a week, random coffee chat video once a week, which would equal 4 videos a week, perhaps talk about books I’ve read or am reading in the coffee chat video. Now just to figure out which days of the week for what…)
- Exercise daily.
- Eat healthier.
- Finish Novel by the end of January, mid February.
- Participate in NaNoEdMo in March.
- Get new glasses (save money).
- Start DIY house projects in January.
That’s a good start. I’m not finished, but I’ve got some of the basics down. Now it’s time to get those ideas down in my journal and fine tune them into small to large goals, and make a To Do list.
Hey Y’all. Guess what? I now have my very own website. How about that?!? I feel like I’m in the big leagues now. 😀 Actually, I feel a bit more like Kevin Costner when he said, “If you make it they will come.”
It’s official, and I’m in the process of exporting my information from these blogs to my website. I hope to see you there.
Welcome to my new website. If you’ve been following me at https://burgesstaylor7911.wordpress.com/ or at https://mburgesstaylor.wordpress.com/ you’ll be happy to know that I’ve finally made the jump to having my own website. 😀 YAY Me!!!
A friend of mine named Jennifer helped me come up with the name of my website, and she gave me the link for an excellent website that walks you through setting up your own blog (not that I needed help with the blog part, but all the information about domains, hosting and self-hosting, etc, seemed like a bit too techy for me).
I hope that you’ll subscribe, follow, like, comment, etc… All that good stuff.
Sometimes you just have to change things so that they fit–I didn’t like having the number attached to my name, email, etc, so I decided to go with my name in a way that I can end up getting my own domain… Burgess Taylor by itself is already taken by a photographer so I’ve kept my first initital and am now on the path towards branding myself. I just need to figure out how to get my old blog here… 😀 It’ll take a few weeks but soon I’ll have it all together in one place.
Has it really been one year since I started this blog? In some ways it doesn’t seem like it’s been that long, and in other ways it seems like it’s been longer. I think there are weeks when I flourish as a blogger, and then weeks when I am flailing around like a fish out of water. Maybe that’s par for the course, at least for me. Same goes for my writing, though. Good days and bad days, weeks, months…but the experience so far has been valuable, interesting, and motivating. I have been working on changing a few things from within myself the past few months, which means a few changes with the blog (and I’ve already begun changing things with my writing). I’m hoping that the changes, though not significant at first, will be much better. I already feel like the changes I’ve made internally have made me a better writer in general. A big thank you to all of you have followed me, who have liked posts, commented…I really appreciate it. I hope you continue to find posts that you like as I make a few subtle changes at first, and then figure out how to make a few medium to bigger sized changes as I go. I’m looking forward to a great second year of blogging. Burgess