Looking Back at the Past and Planning the Future

This past year has been full of all kinds of exciting things for me. We got a new dog back in spring, I finished my first ever novel (and completed a second one too), started editing for the first time, and I’ve continued to write since. I’ve traveled to Colorado and taken another college class. And while there were moments of doubt in my writing and grief at my grandfather’s passing (and our cat’s passing too), I’d say this year has been one of the best. 🙂

I’m hoping next year will be just as great as this one. I know I’ll get to travel again (Florida this time!), and I’m most likely going to take another college class, as well as learn how to drive (yes, I still haven’t learned how yet).

So, without further ado, here is a list of eight things I wish to accomplish in the new year. Most of them, of course, will be writing related. 😉

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A Late Merry Christmas to Everyone!

I’ve been quite busy over this holiday season. I’ve made Christmas presents for my friends, had fun at family gatherings, and have worked hard on revising my novel. I also received a ton of new books for Christmas, so I know I can reward myself for (or more likely, distract myself from) my writing by curling up with a new story.

While most of this Christmas break has been a fun one, these past couple days have been a little sad, as we had to put one of our cats to sleep (the poor thing had been diabetic for a while, and her kidneys failed her).

Besides that, everything’s been great here. And the snow has been absolutely gorgeous. I’m not much of a winter person, but I’ve really enjoyed walking and photographing the snow (and even the shoveling, to a degree).

I’m planning on spending this coming January on JanNo, although I have nothing new to write (or finish). The small community if writers there is so friendly and fun to hang out with, and I’m hoping they will help keep me motivated and on track to finish editing the middle portion of my novel by the end of January.

How has everyone else’s Christmas holiday been? Anyone get several inches of snow? Or some awesome gifts?

An Update on My Editing

As I’ve already posted here, I’m trying to get into a better writing/editing schedule. I had been doing so well, up until yesterday.

I get up early each morning and try to edit my story for at least an hour. However, my body doesn’t like the fact that I wake up when it’s still dark, so it has mastered the technique of sleeping through the alarm. I sometimes hear the alarm going off in my dreams, but even then I continue dreaming and remain asleep.

Making the alarm louder and more annoying on my iPod doesn’t help either, as yesterday I finally mastered the ability of turning the alarm completely off while staying asleep. I later woke up confused, then frustrated, and finally skipped a day of editing by promptly falling back asleep.

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