When I was in high school, sophomore year, I had a fabulous US History teacher--Kevin Rooney--and he often used Mr. Rooney's K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid) principle whenever he talked about writing essays and term papers. No use in droning on and on and boring a teacher to death, when, by actually knowing what you're talking about, you can write an interesting, educated, informative paper (or answer to an essay question) without all the extra, unneeded... well, BS, for lack of a better term.
So, I've basically applied Mr. Rooney's principle to my adult life. I never set goals I can't accomplish, though some of them definitely make me wanna bang my head against the wall. And on numerous occasions before I complete the task. However, when I accomplish what I set out to do, nothing else in the world can possibly compare to the feeling of absolute serenity and fulfillment which washes over me.
For this year, I've only a few, as I'm... you got it. Keeping It Simple, Stupid! *smile*
1.) To complete another entire novel, including but not limited to first edits.
2.) To see an email, form, or (even better!) hear that wonderful editor's voice over the phone, telling me, "We're ready to make you an offer to publish Enraptured." Or whatever they say. It's never happened to me, so I'm not exactly certain.
3.) To not lose my head and act like a complete ninny when I pick up author Janet Mullany from the airport in June (She's speaking at our Summer Workshop on June 11, and oh my gosh, I'm SUPER excited!!), and, in turn, behave like a normal person who is just a fellow writer and refrain from asking too many questions.
4.) To get pregnant. Yes, I know. Different from the other three, right? But it's something The Hubby and I want very much, and though I know it will happen at the right time, I do so hope we're blessed to see it come to fruition before the end of the year. If not, then in 2012, it'll be try, try again!
That just about sums it up! Tell me, what are YOUR plans for the rest of this year? Are you going anywhere special? Planning an event? Is there a specific goal you mean to accomplish before the clock strikes midnight on December 31?
Peace, Love, and Junior Mints,