Winter Quarter Goals 2017

Winter Quarter (January-March)

Well folks, it’s been a bit since my last post about goals. To be honest, I don’t really want to talk about how badly I may or may not have failed at my last list. (In all fairness, I did have a boatload of changes in the last 6-ish months).

Instead, I’m starting fresh with the new year! I’m trying to keep my goals more straightforward this time around. Accountability is key for me to accomplish anything, so here I am, sharing with you.

5 Things I Learned While Losing NaNoWriMo

Well hello there, I would like to begin by apologizing for my very long absence. Although, if you read my blog you are likely to be a family member or friend, in which case you probably have seen me around despite the lack of blogging.

I could list all the reasons I stopped writing but I’ll keep it short and get the point across quickly. My husband was in training for a new job and I was with our kids most of the time by myself. Then we moved a few hundred miles away. At least we have moved ourselves and some clothes…our belongings are still back home, waiting for us to find a permanent place to live. We’re currently crashing in someone else’s home. Thank God for vacation rentals!

5 Steps to Creating Believable Characters

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Initially I struggled with creating characters for my novel so much I was convinced that I would be terrible at it forever. Then I forced myself to sit down and attack the problem because I was tired of hating everyone but my villain. He is simply brilliant.

Yeah I know, I love my villain. Call me crazy but my favorite characters are usually the bad guys; Darth Vader, Hans Gruber, Harley Quinn (had to squeeze her in to prove I loved her before the movie comes out), Terminator, Snape (it can be argued that he wasn’t a villain, but I loved him before anyone knew he was actually good. And yes, I did put two Alan Rickman characters down. He’s amazing okay?). I could go on and on about villains but that is a post for another day.

I decided to tackle the problem of boring characters head on (after months of procrastinating of course). There was a lot of trial and error, but I finally came up with a process that rescued my characters from dull and lifeless to exciting and entertaining!

10 Famous People Who Failed Repeatedly Before Succeeding

            I chant this saying over and over to myself in my head, regularly. As human beings, we value achievement. Our desire is for results. Usually immediately. When we don’t see them, it is easier to chalk ourselves up as failures and give up. Often we procrastinate until action is imperative. Giving the excuse, “I want it to be perfect.”

While there is nothing wrong with desiring quality, it often stands in the way of action. At least, that’s the case for me.

What we often forget is that the day to day drudgery of “trying” (and failing) is a part of success. It can even be argued that it is crucial to success.

Summer Quarter Goals 2016

I have goals to accomplish. I’m guessing you do too. I don’t know about you, but I set goals all the time. My problem comes in when I actually have to accomplish these goals. I need accountability. Someone (or several someones) expecting things from me to remind me that I’ve got things to do. If I don’t have accountability, I tend to change my mind on what my goals are, sometimes even in the middle of doing them. Which means very little actually gets done. For example, there was that time I started a YouTube channel before I decided what the heck I wanted to do with my life. I made a few videos and then quit. Sigh.

And then there was that one time that had the goal to paint the baseboards in my house. Each time I go to do this, I decide I’m going to do something else. I got fed up with never completing it, so I grabbed some paint and a paint brush and marched upstairs to begin. Aaand then I ended up painting the cupboards in the bathroom. Well…I started to. So now, the baseboards are not painted and my bathroom cabinets are a two tone combo of 90s looking wood and white. It’s sexy. No. It’s not. That was a joke. I’ll include a picture. Maybe if I share my shame, I’ll actually finish painting it.

 4 Tips for Balancing Productivity and Creativity

I don’t know about you all but I pretty much always felt like growing up these two things were polar opposites. You could either be productive or creative, not both. Just me then? Well, I am learning more recently in my life that I can have both. Most often I find that the more productive I am, the more freedom I have to be creative. This may sound a little strange at first but bear with me.

We all have our goals for creativity, things we “want to do.” Word count goals, books to read, video games to beat, etc. But we’re weighed down by the real life things that we “have to do.” Laundry, dishes, cleaning toilets, changing diapers. Especially when those things begin to pile up and then before we know it we are surrounded by the chaos of an endless to-do list.

Now, if you’re like me, you might hate all of the mundane to-do things. You might let the loathing of those things get in your head and defeat you. Your brain gets all overwhelmed and turns to mush. Then you might throw your hands up and say “F*#% it. Nothing is getting done today.” (Okay, I still say that sometimes. But I’m working on it.)