Monday, May 9, 2011

Hopes, Dreams, & Plans for the Next 365 Days (Day 29)

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,



Andrew Leon said...

Hmmm... No. 2 is problematic for me. I mean, how can you make a plan about what someone else will do?

I don't plan; I make it up as I go along.

Lynda R Young said...

fantastic plans. I also plan to write another novel before the end of December.

Alyssia said...

Andrew, faith plays a big part in my goals, so that's why #2 is what it is. And I sort of do a little bit of making things up as I go along, too. :) After all, I definitely lean toward the pantser style of writing rather than avid plotting and outlining. :)

Lynda, that's fantastic! I will definitely keep my fingers and toes crossed for you finishing the novel! I'm certain it'll be great. :)

BREA said...

I want to finish at least two of the novels in this three piece set; and have a least one of those in complete second draft.

Hope I find an interested agent

Re-model my kitchen and talk the hubby into wood floors...

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