SAD! (Big Dreams Blog Update #49)

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It’s Update Day!

Yaaaay….ehhh.

Lately, as in the past five months, I haven’t been too excited for these updates. I haven’t been reaching my goals and I feel like I’ve always got the same excuse: I’m scared to write, even though I need to write to get better (and because it pleaseth my soul) but I’m scared to write so I don’t write and then I’ll never get better and I’ll never be happy. Can seasonal affective disorder come early?

Much sadness.

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Yeah, I know I need to pick myself up by the bootstraps or whatever, but it’s hard!

I also think I need to calm down about the whole update thing. Stop worrying about not having the greatest news to share *cough,cough*likegettinganagent&signingabookdeal*cough*.

I need to remember that writing was once fun. That it can still be fun! Besides, I completed manuscripts before and the first step IS the first word, not the whole book. I know that; now I have to use it to beat back the Internal Editor. *hissssssss*

I also am easing up on my reading goals. I have no clue how many books I read this year even though I started off with my usual goal of 52-53 books for the year. Again, whatever. I just don’t care. I’ll reboot that goal next year. For now, I’ll read without worrying about keeping score.

Let’s get to the updates then!

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Wondering how I did this month?

Reading:

Reading kinda flopped this month.

I did read, just not as much as I planned to.

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I enjoyed My Lady Jane by authors Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows. If you have the chance, pick this one up. It’s part alternative historical, part humor, part kissy-kissy romance, and part paranormal (ooooh, shifters! I mean eðian). You won’t be disappointed!

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Mistletoe Murder by Leslie Meier is the first in the popular Lucy Stone Mystery series. If cozies are your thing, then you’ll be delighted by this older title. I got a different vibe from this one, but it didn’t dampen my thirst to solve the mystery.

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Slow Dance with the Best Man is the first book in Sophie Pembroke’s Wedding of the Year mini-series with Harlequin Romance. It’s got a swoony hero, a heroine who doesn’t like the spotlight and sweet, escapist romance. What else do you want in a love story?

Writing:

I’m slowly working through a YA mystery. I want to say it’s also #ownvoices, but I hesitate. I’d rather just say that the MC/heroine shares the same racial and cultural identity as me. And I’d even pause there. :/

Anyways, that’s my goal.

I actually hope to participate in NaNo this year. I’ll be grinding through the first draft of the YA project. *crosses fingers* Not sure how it’ll work out, but I won’t know until I try.

Which brings me to this month’s goals…

November 2017 goals:

☀try to write daily during November – maybe hit 50K on my first draft

☀read at least 4 books (fiction and/or nonfiction)

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What are your goals for November? Are you considering NaNo-ing this year? What’s your plans for All Hallows’ Eve?

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Let me know in the comments; I’d love to hear from you!

 

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8 thoughts on “SAD! (Big Dreams Blog Update #49)

  1. Glad I’m not the only one who regularly feels guilty and ashamed for not having achieved more. Having goals is generally a good thing, but you’re right – sometimes we have to remember WHY we’re doing this, and not beat ourselves up so much. Hope you achieve NaNo this year. I’ll be entering too. RuthL if you need a buddy. 😄

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  2. Yep, I’ve been there. In fact, I wrote a blog post when I was there (linked to my name). So, nope, you’re not the only one. I think most writers have been there at one time or another. Keep writing, though, that’s the only antidote.

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  3. I had quite a few months where I really had nothing good to share in regard to my goals. It happens. Don’t feel bad about it – just be honest with yourself and forgive yourself for those slumps. 🙂

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