It’s the second to last 2016 Update Day! My, how does a year fly…
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With a little more than five weeks remaining until we ring in the New Year, I’m entering that mode where I have to evaluate the past years’ achievements and misses.
I’ve been doing this throughout the year, but there’s something that always pushes me into making year-long plans when the (American) Thanksgiving passes and people batter each other black and blue for Black Friday (totally joking; stay safe today!).
As I do that, I’m heading into this Update Day with my prepared list of goals for December, but I’m also looking to the future, ahead into those first few months/quarter of 2017. This is also on the heels of my failure to write all that much in November. I spent the first 2.5 weeks of this month dreading the task of getting my rear in my not-so cushy office chair and writing my next project.
I’ve also been having trouble committing to anything, from reading to cleaning up and getting rid of extra junk lying around and cluttering my creative space (I do a fall/autumnal cleaning too).
I have picked up on the writing these past few days, and that’s going well. I’m also getting back into the swing of having a life–I’ve just been living/breathing until a few days ago it seemed.
So, enough of the weird, existential mess that is my mind. For November I’ve set these goals…
November 2016 goals:
catch up with my art journal (I’m still behind, boo hoo!)
continue to read 4 books; aiming for 1 book/every week
(hopefully) complete the 1st draft of current WIP, a YA title (my first, peeps!)
I’m happy to say I’ve caught up with my art journal. YAY! It’s been months in waiting, but I finally did it. Watched lots of White Collar and Suits to do it, but I did it. 🙂
I didn’t read four books this month; I read two, but I’m getting that checked.
I didn’t even start writing the YA WIP, so yeah. I am in the middle of serializing a NA paranormal on Wattpad, for fun. I’ve been reading stories on there and I wanted to jump in. Wattpad always reminds me that I write because I want to give at least one other reader out there the same squishy, squeezable, giddy high that I get when I’m reading a good story. If I can do that, I’ve succeeded.
And now onto my goals for December.
December 2016 goals:
read 8 books (yeah, I’m challenging myself; I also hoarded a bunch of books from the library, teehee)
keep writing (super vague; bear with me)
finish up art journal for 2016
That’s it. Pretty simple reading and writing goals. And since the next Update Day is at the very close of December, I’ll be bundling it up with my 2017 goals, both for January, and maybe I’ll try something new and pitch into the first quarter of the New Year. We’ll see…
Until then, remain safe, stay healthy and classy.