Monday, January 7, 2008

New Year Goals and Objectives

My new year is off to a slow start. Several years ago I took on the job of family calendar production, something my folks started oh - gee, I've got a pile in the drawer - so I'd guess 15 years ago. It was one of those traditions that couldn't be dropped even though my Dad has died and my Mom is in no shape to continue the practice. I actually enjoy it, meshing family pictures from the previous year with ancient family photos, with recipes and quotes. This year was no exception as I found my grandmother's recipe file and got to include those recipes (funny they were all cookies and cakes!!) and we'd collected my Dad's favorite sayings. Those were blended in with favorite family movie from the poll we did over the summer and scattered over the pages.

I had good intentions. I planned to start this project at Thanksgiving and be finished with it and mail it by mid-December. But the release of THE DADDY SPELL and all the promotions that went with that seriously derailed a few things in my household and this was one of them. As I mentioned in a previous post, the slow sticking point was the need to review 3000 slides taken from when my parents first got their slide camera (about 1945) to when they bought a newer camera and quit doing slides (about 1972). I was in search of just the right blackmail mix and I found it. (All the ones of me are sweet. They are. Honest.)

Patti Ann at about four years old (1961)

Hence, the project didn't even get started until after Christmas. The finished product was fabulous, but I'm now reorganizing my goals and work ideas to accomodate the delay. Not a great start to the new year, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Last night I finally had a chunk of time to sit down and finalize the writing goals for next year and I came up with a doozy. How about challenge myself to write 150,000 words this year? How about higher, say 300,000? Yep, that's what I did. This is going to be the year that I write, write, write. Of course, I'm just now assessing how many other things I'll have to quit doing to accommodate that - say sleeping -- LOL!, but it's okay. This year is destined for better organization, inspiring creative flow, and monumental success.

How about you?

P.S. Oh, and my Blue Sky Attitude blog is starting a series on procrastination. Please join me!


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