Is that a light at the end of the tunnel, or an oncoming train?
When I set my goals for this year, I pledged to do monthly updates, since the years I’ve done that has resulted in better results than years I haven’t. The crazy wrinkle this year was that we knew that sometime after May 8th the new owners of the old building would give us a final move out notice, but that we couldn’t actually move until after Michael’s surgery and recovery was complete, which made it difficult to find a place to move to, since no one was willing to hold a place for more than a few weeks.
The last time I posted about the goals was at the end of March, when Michael was only a bit over a week into the recovery. My specific tasks for April were:
- Pack and move!
- Pack and move.
- Squeeze some writing time in somehow.
- Remember to have fun at NorWesCon (whether we attend the whole weekend or not).
- Write at least two blog posts about things I like.
Once we finally had a lease signed in mid-April, that meant that my goals for the rest of April and all of May were:
- Pack and move!
- Move and unpack.
- Clean out the old place.
- Try to keep squeezing writing time in.
We’ve still got a lot of unpacking to do, but we’ve moved, so yay!
I got some writing in, but most of it was blogging. I did a lot of blog writing on the bus and during lunch at work. Having a slightly longer bus ride in (and being too far out to walk home, so I’m busing both ways) gives me a bit more time to write on the bus. Which is nice, though I’m finding it harder to get myself to write scenes on the phone than blog posts. I’m not sure why.
We didn’t attend NorWesCon, other than to show up at dinner time on Saturday evening, have dinner with our gang then run up to one of the hotel rooms to watch Doctor Who. But it was a great break during the first weekend that we were actually moving into a place, rather than packing and trying to find a place.
I’ve already written more about the packing, moving, hauling, cleaning, and so on than anyone cares to read, so let’s move on.
The big goals remain, though this is probably a good time to revisit them.
Don’t get mad, get busy. My tasks are: write about things I love; listen to music and audiobooks more and podcasts less; spend at least half of my lunch break writing; set specific monthly writing/editing goals in each check-in; write at least one blog post a month about organizations we can donate to that are fighting the good fight.
Reduce, pack, and prioritize. Now you might think this big goal could be marked “done” for the year, since we’ve moved, but it just needs to be rephrased: Unpack, reduce, and prioritize. We tried to purge a lot of things during the packing, but as we unpack we keep finding things that we realize should have been pitched rather than packed. And though the new place is a couple hundred square feet bigger than the old, we have a lot less storage. So, a lot of work to do here, still.
Take care of us. It’s important to remember to take rests, not to let ourselves stress about things, and so on.
Submit and publish. Initial task was to organize how I’m going to find calls for submission and set reasonable targets for the novel revision/finalization. I have thus far totally failed to get organized regarding submissions. Nearly half the year is gone and I’ve only submitted to two places. I have consolidated all of my notes for the revisions, and now that we’ve moved I can get back to that.
So June is going to be a reset month, now that the big disruption is over. My specific tasks for the month are:
- Get back into the rhythm of editing the novel.
- Write at least two blog posts about things I like, rather than rants or commentaries.
- Get the iris bulbs, monitors, and other things that we want to give away handed off to people who said they wanted them.
- Go through the rest of the Christmas decoration bins and finish that purge.
- Write something that isn’t in one of the novels.