I have to apologize because this post will probably be a bit longer than normal. I'm sorry!
With a new year upon us, it's given me some time to reflect. Here are some goals I've set for myself and some things I'm excited about.
Thoughts and Goals for 2016
LDStorymakers Conference in May—I've wanted to go for the past couple years, ever since I heard it existed, and I finally get to go this year! It's a little far from me (I live in NC and it's held in Utah), but I'm so excited to go back to where I attended college and met my husband. And I'm super excited to meet some writing friends I've connected with online. Who's going to LDStorymakers?? You have to tell me so we can connect! :)
Book Smugglers Publishing Year of the Superhero—On December 31st I wasn't partying with friends or playing games with family, I was revising a short story to send to Book Smugglers Publishing before midnight in hopes of it being chosen for their Year of the Superhero Anthology. I squeaked in just under the deadline (which is pretty good considering I didn't decide to do this story until only a few days before!) Nothing like putting loads of pressure on yourself!
Anyways, I'm excited to hear back from them in February, but even if they don't choose my story, I'll still be excited. Why? Because I finally got my mojo back!!
Do you remember me whining and complaining about having no inspiration or the desire to write? Well, I took some time off (like an entire month and a half) and it's back! I finally feel inspired again, so much in fact, that if Book Smugglers doesn't want to use my short story, I've decided to turn it into a novel. And I'm SO excited about it!!! Fingers crossed that they don't, er, I mean do, want my story! :)
Goals for this Year:
Publish a Book: My biggest goal is to get published (well, I guess a book publishing contract is more realistic, but whatever.) Even though I'd love to be represented by an agent, I think I'll focus on getting the stories I've currently written published through a publisher. I figure there's always time in my future to try for an agent. Who knows? Maybe the experience of publishing and having my work out there will help me in the future with the agent scene. One can hope, right?
Spend More Quality Time with my Kids: I think the past couple of years I've let writing get in the way of me doing some fun things with my kids. Taking this time off from writing has really helped me see how much I'm missing and how much I want to make time for the simple things like playing games with my kids, going on school field trips, watching TV shows as a family, etc. I know it's all about finding that perfect balance, and lately for me, I feel as though the scales need to be tipped a little more towards the family side.
Be a Better Friend: I feel as though I've let some face-to-face friendships wane because I'm so busy writing or taking care of my family. I want to be a better friend. I want to be the person someone calls because they're sad or need advice. I used to be that person. Now? Not so much.
The same goes for all my writing friends. I want to reconnect with all of you. I've been a horrible blogger and while I can't promise that my blogging will improve, I at least want to make an effort to "check in" with many of you to see how things are going. And hopefully, everything is going great!
Well, that's a wrap for me. Did you set goals for 2016?