Happy New Year! And so it begins…
I’m not normally one for “life mottoes” (mottos? whatever – you know what I mean), but this year, I’m adopting one: “Life Intentionally Askew”. After years of chasing that illusive thing called “balance”, I had an epiphany while I was writing up this year’s resolutions.
Balance is unattainable. Something is always going to take priority over something else, whether that be work, or play, or hobbies, or certain people…there is no way to achieve perfect balance, and striving for it is a futile exercise. Instead, it’s a better use of time and resources to work simply toward personal fulfillment, no matter what I’m doing or where I’m at.
So with that in mind, here are the resolutions I’m making this year. Balance is not the goal…the goal is personal fulfillment and the enjoyment of life as it is *now*, rather than as I envision it could be in the future.
– Make the house/yard/gardens a priority this year…get everything looking and functioning well
– Get out of the house every six weeks or so. Go to the zoo, see a show/play, visit the art museum…something to expand our horizons and be a part of the community.
Expand the horror name into more mainstream thrillers
Yes, I’ll still be posting serial draft stories, against the advice of pretty much every other writer out there, professional and amateur. Because it’s just…what I do, and it makes me happy to make readers happy. And it also reminds me that I write because I love it, not just for money. But I’ll be more careful this year not to overbook myself (pun not intended, but cool how that worked out…) as far as drafts go, so that the whole thing is less stressful. And I’ll probably be writing some things “behind the scenes” as well, that faithful serial readers will have first dibs on before they’re released to the public.
There are a few more blog-related changes (positive changes, methinks) I’ll be making this year, but I’ll save those for next Monday’s post.
It’s going to be a great year, and if you’re along for the ride, I’m very happy to have you.
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