Back and forth … One minute I am sticking to my 30-minute a day routine, the next I throw it out the window because of — what? Fear? Probably.
Then, of all people, I was inspired by Ashton Kutchen who mentioned in an interview that, in his college days, he had his Hollywood goal written on a slip of paper that he kept in his pocket. All the time. And in the meantime, he did everything he could to make his goal happen.
Which goes back to what I know (but haven’t always done) which is you have to actually do something if you wanted a stated goal to occur. So I wrote down my three career objectives and, no surprise, establishing myself as a fiction writer was number one. That being determined, what was I going to do to make it happen? Back to 30 minutes a day, but this time I broadened the scope. I had to do something, anything, pertaining to fiction in that timeframe. Write a new piece, edit an existing one, send out queries for Finding Fran, start my e-book.
One thing I didn’t plan was to go back to Rita. But there you are: we plan and God laughs. Out of the blue, a whole new concept for novel #2 came to mind and I have started it. Also, in a casual conversation with my banker-friend (yes, a banker can be both!), I learned her brother is an accomplished artist, which gives me a source for cover art for my short story collection that I plan to release as an e-book. (That project will start once the garden is cleared out. Right now, I still have peppers and tomatoes out there to deal with!)
How do I feel? Better when I am doing something with fiction than when I’m not. More focused, happier. So I guess I better stick with the plan.