I was about to ask when the next Round of Words in 80 Days began, and then I realized it already did. First, I fall off the wagon, then I miss the boat.
I have no idea what my current goals are.
I should be able to find writing time in spite of the real life chaos going on around me. We’re getting ready to move, but 1) we hadn’t planned on moving so soon (our landlords/my parents are selling our house) and it is a lot of work closing down ongoing projects and just dropping them or packing them away, and 2) the move is partially dependent on hubby getting a job in Colorado, where we plan to move. He’s applied, but not received any offers other than the inevitable “You CAN work in sales!”
It’s the uncertainty that is killing me now. If the house sells before hubby has a new job, it can put us in a very difficult situation. We won’t be lost… but we might be living out of a hotel for a while.
So, this isn’t a goals post. It’s a lack of goals post. Yes, I’m still writing. I’m working on an urban fantasy novella that I’m going to use to dip my toe into the self-pub pool and see how it goes. I’m querying the Kingdom Come novels, and keeping my eyes and ears open if there’s an opportunity to publish The Cities of Luna.
As a grown woman and mother of two, one thing I know for sure is that there will always be a certain amount of chaos to deal with. Although I don’t have a traditional day job, taking care of the kids (one whom has special needs, and the other whom I make sure does not get left out because we’re always worrying about her sister) often forces my writing into the back seat. I’m working on that. I want to always be able to get at least a little something done, even if I can’t bust out a thousand words a day.
Next week, I’ll make a real goals post. I’ll sit down and think about what I can really do amidst the chaos of moving sooner vs. moving later.
Meanwhile… tomorrow is #Pit2Pub on twitter! Check out Kristin’s blog for details. Basically, it’s a twitter pitch party where you condense the query (for your completed manuscript) down to 140 characters. Kristin’s post has a list of the publishers who will be watching the hashtag.
You have a goal! The goal is to get settled and stop worrying. I’ve found I can’t write for crap when stressed, so it doesn’t really surprise me that you’re having difficulty with it.
Oh, I so relate. Hubby and I just bought a townhouse–yay!–but the people taking over our lease need to move in this month, since their lease is ending, and the new place won’t be ready until early August, so we’re packing everything up and moving in with my in-laws for a few weeks. It’s going to be an adventure. So I definitely understand.
I’ve had to accept that chaos is simply a part of life. I’m the sort of person who’d like to have everything planned out, but life is full of surprises. I don’t know when hubby will finish grad school, or if he’ll stay at his current employer or get a job across the country after he earns his master’s. (Thankfully I can write from anywhere.) Good luck with your move! Colorado sounds exciting!
The good thing is – if you miss one boat there will always be another one! Glad you are back on board – almost. It’s better to get through one challenge at a time. Best of luck with the move.
Running after that wagon was hard. Swimming after the boat is even worse!
Toss me a line… maybe I can figure out how to waterski…