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Positivity and a New Year

Posted by Lisa Lickel on January 18, 2012

Truly Reflecting…won’t you join me?

Looking back…or Reflecting in Hindsight

 

I made New Year’s Resolutions twice in my life. I tried again this year, knowing it was doomed. Have you ever done that? Resolved to do something, knowing it was impossible?

This year, the seventh of my authorial career, I want to wrestle my time management into reasonable chunks. I have taken pride in the fact that I can manage so well because I am anally-retentive to the max on spreadsheets, although of course I fail once in a while just so I don’t get too cocky.

But I decided taking two years—well, two and a half—from real writing was enough, and this year I’d get back into production mode, the market-learning phase having gone so well, ya’know. The first step was to shackle my blogs into a schedule. Count: 17 blogs or social sites to which I contribute. I kid you not. I’m sure there are plenty of authors out there who do a lot more—those of you who can afford assistants, that is.

My second step: look at them all and decide which are vital to me personally and career-wise and ditch the rest. Unfortunately, only two were “ditchable”; and even then I had another gray hair of guilt episode. I may have said sorry to two or three, but I immediately signed on to two more, so…we’re crossing that effort off the list. It may not be done, but it’s well-cooked.

Third step: spend a couple of hours writing new material/editing my own stuff each day. It’s the second week of my attempt. Tuesday. Yesterday I spent the afternoon vacuuming and getting supper ready, an hour playing a couple of games of Freecell to get me in the mood to write and 45 minutes reading the last bit of manuscript I had been working on, semi-horrified to realize that truly the last time I’d spent on this book was November 2009. My goal: finish this first draft of the third installment of the mystery series  in Jan 2012. No excuses. I have only 20K or so left to go, but I have to reassociate myself with the characters and story. Never mind that I co-wrote and published/contributed to three other books in the meantime, signed two contracts and took on another magazine, editing jobs, and a mentoring position—This book series is still my baby and it really needs a diaper change. Really. Peee-yoo.

Where does this leave me?

Contributing to several blogs two times a month, so get organized. Writing – not every day on the ms in question, but frequently. It might work to go back to the chapter a day dealie in the morning, but I’m not to be a slave to it. Cut back on book reviews. Continue to be professional and serious about the obligations I have toward three different publishers and two book review sites, and the three blogs I administer.

Family is always first, so although I hope to not be a grandma too soon, it’s still in your time, Lord, and I will be available to my children and also my parents as they have need. Dad had a couple surgeries last year, and I am grateful I can be there. Husband had the worst year of our lives last year between work and family business which led to compromised health. I need to be ready to contribute as I must, even if it means giving up writing. I have had five years of freedom to make something of myself when I promised 18 months initially, and although my career has turned a corner, it’s not what I hoped when I first declared “I’m going to be a writer!” Although I trust in God above, I may have been listening with my other ear, so if I’m called to leave, I will listen.

This is who I am in 2012. Who are you?

2 Responses to “Positivity and a New Year”

  1. Did you say 17 blogs??? And I thought I was blogged-under…

    My “Reflections” for this New Year is learning (once again) that I am not Superwoman. And even though there are so many things I want to do, I am only allotted the same 24 hours a day as everyone else. It really is a matter of saying “no” to some things in my life that I really want to do. And like you, re-prioritizing what is important. Family is first before my writing dreams, and if I have to put off a couple of things I’d love to participate in, then so be it. I feel that if my priorities are followed (after much prayer) then God will bless those dreams that still live in my heart. He truly will give us the desires of our heart, but still wants us to pray for wisdom.

    So my biggest prayer for 2012 is “Please give me wisdom. Lord!” And I will pray for wisdom for you as well, Lisa. Thanks for all that you do for us here at Reflections.

  2. Cherie said

    Time management chunks are how I (try and) manage it all. I have five blogs that I contribute daily to, two other ones that I manage and write every other day, and my clients, where I write about 30 articles a month. Oh, and then there’s social networking and promoting my work… I hear ya, it gets exhausting. I work in chunks but then I also work a lot of nights and weekends too.

    Good luck on your resolutions and I’m saying a prayer for you! I feel blessed to know you.

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