2018 · October

Momentum and Routines

Hello, Readers! Happy Friday.

Yesterday I had time to sit down and talk with my oldest daughter. As she is going to school online and I work from home, most people believe we spend a ton of time around each other. That just isn’t the way it works. Most of the time I’m holed up in my ‘office’ in the back bedroom and she is in the living room with her children. 

So, it was quite nice for the pair of us to take some time to back pumpkin cakes together along with talking about everything on our minds. We talked about my thoughts on querying Opseti Guard to several publishers and agents. We even discussed my frustration with not writing on Poisonous Revenge as much as I’d like. 

Why am I sitting in my back office constantly and not working? Laziness. I haven’t put my nose to the grindstone or my mind set on the task of finishing this novel. As I’ve stated before, once I set my mind to a task I accomplish it. Unfortunately, I just haven’t gotten there yet.

So, she sat down with me and we created a routine that should help both of us. Not only with maintaining the house, but with making sure her and I are both getting our work done. Not to mention, the babies are being given the attention they need and deserve. 

I have to admit, I love routines and schedules. At least, creating them. It is the sticking to them that I struggle with and often fail miserably. Needless to say, I have repeated words that have come from my mouth before, ‘this time I plan to stick to it’. 

Still, I really do plan to stick to it. The schedule is phenomenal and there is room for everything in it. I don’t feel like I’m being cheated on any one aspect of my life. 

Now that is sorted, it comes down to my writing. I’m about in the same spot that Opseti Guard was stuck for months. It took me deciding that finishing the novel was my end goal. I also knew that most days I just wouldn’t feel like it. So, I’d have to put my nose to the grindstone, keep my butt in the chair and work. There were not ifs, ands, or buts about it. 

I’m not sure how, but I think I’d hoped this time around I wouldn’t have to go through the stages of forcing myself to work even when I didn’t feel like it. That I’d just wake up and want to write every day after taking almost a month off from writing much more than a flash piece. 

That hasn’t worked in my favor. Now, I’m geared up and ready to kick butt once more. Especially as an old mentor and friend of mine as talked me into doing NaNoWriMo with her as well. That means that not only do I need to write this novel in the few short weeks before the end of this month, but I also need to have the next novel ready to go before November 1st. 

I know that I can and will accomplish all of this. Especially, now on the new schedule that we have created. Not to mention the determination and momentum that I will be building up over the course of the next two weeks. 

I will keep all of you posted on how that is going. Until next time, remember to L.O.L. (Live it, Own it, Love it) or it isn’t worth doing.

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