Where did January go? A month into 2014, and I feel like I’m already behind. Honestly, though, I can’t complain about the day job being busy. That’s good. We don’t want to be faced with too little work in that particular arena.
But while my daily life rushes forward like this:
Now, I could do what I usually would—focus on what I didn’t accomplish in January. But that is terribly unconstructive. That kind of thinking usually leads to more inaction and more feelings of guilt and failure—a vicious cycle leading nowhere. Then, Fate or my Muse led me to this timely post in my email inbox from Joe Cummings of 5 Writers 5 Novels. What a great idea for turning my go-to thought patterns on their heads. If you’re ever feeling guilty or overwhelmed about not getting something done, check out the wonderful advice in that post. It’s helped me clarify what’s needed to get back on the writing track.
It’s Time to Recenter
So before putting January behind me, I evaluated my use of free time. I have more than I think. Those “few board games” on my computer to unwind suck up far more time than I’ve wanted to believe. Those have been cut down. In the grand scheme of things, that’s an easy fix. Unfortunately, some changes are far more difficult.
I have to go back to reading other blogs only two days per week. I had cut back earlier in 2013, but I slipped back into the habit of reading at least some every day. At first, it was just a few, and then it became more and more. Much as I love reading your posts, I have to stick to a schedule. And that’s now one of my newly defined objectives for the year. I’m leaning toward Monday and Thursday and keeping weekends blog-free, including my own. If I can stick with this, I’ll have better blocks of time that I can dedicate to the WIPs. The characters and stories deserve no less, right?
So, we’ll see how I do. January’s PerNoReMo was a complete bust, so I’ve reset it for February. The benchmarks are still low because I can’t see myself cranking out 30,000 words by the end of the month. But if I can stick to my plan, I should have at least 10,000 new ones. And, most importantly, I’d have that momentum reestablished that I started in November.
A Little Fun
Finally, I couldn’t resist a little fun with a couple of photos from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. We paid a last visit to the fossils exhibits before they’re closed for a multi-year renovation project.
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