Ambitions

I have been trying to write this post for a week, but my WIP has been taking all of my attention. I’m at about 60,000 words (give or take), and less than a month to go before the first draft needs to be done.

I am still having trouble believing that I am doing this. A full manuscript in seven months. Which, when I think in terms of more experienced authors, is not terribly impressive (I think King says that he can get a novel written in roughly three months), but it’s damned impressive for me. My last novel took three years to write. Granted, I wasn’t writing it every day. In fact, I was mostly only writing at all during the fall and winter. But still …

The past couple of weeks I have been thinking about my accomplishments over the course of 2018. We’re nine months in, and as we start to stare into the bleak winter (that has arrived WAY too early in Calgary), it can be easy to think only of where we want to be instead of how far we’ve come. I think that School Season is a good time to take a moment and look back to where we were at the start of the year.

At the start of the year, I was in a pretty dark place. I won’t go too much into it, but I was definitely questioning my life choices and trying to find a way to create a change. Since then, I have made some very definitive steps in the direction that my heart was leading me. I have dropped my pen name and the reason for taking one, namely, writing fantasy.

I don’t think I really realized the ill fit of that genre until I actually took the leap and started writing a story that was one that I actually enjoy reading. I am nearing the end of that novel, and have a second outlined and ready for the 2018 NaNo kick off.

I have written two short stories. One that will be entered into the CBC short story contest in October. I have made plans to attend my first writer’s conference in 2019, and will be joining the local writers association in the next couple of months.

Outside of career-related changes, I have dropped three dress sizes, had an ulcer — not that that’s something I really aspire to, but it did lead me to change my diet, and now I am feeling more healthy than I have in years. Also, no more ulcer … or migraines for that matter.

Kids are both still alive, and thanks to a few changes in our screen time rules, are having a lot more fun together sharing imagination adventures, stories, and playing with the toys I have spent way too much money on (I have also gotten an opportunity to see just which toys they play with and which they don’t care about).

I am hopeful that I can dodge the Start of School Plague, and that we can keep moving forward as there are a few more things I want to get done before the holiday season sets in (it’s furniture rearranging time!).

2018 has been a big year for me, but honestly, every little bit counts, and taking a chance is what really matters. Now that I’ve had my cat poster moment, what has 2018 been like for you?

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