Tuesday, December 30, 2014

If Only..So Many Regrets Once Again.


Happy almost New Year's Eve to you all. I hope you, unlike me, are sitting pretty on this cusp of the new year with absolutely no regrets. I unfortunately am loaded with them including the usual lament of my weak self control--Why or why did I have the extra piece of gingerbread cake with lemon frosting yesterday?--and my laziness--Why didn't I finish my revisions when I vowed I would instead of sitting in the sunshine reading A Dance To The Music of Time by Anthony Powell? (A truly wonderful book, you should read it.)

I always have so many regrets this time of year, you'd think I'd learn, but, alas, I never do, hence here I am moaning and whining and, once again, wasting my time instead of doing what I need to do, which is to get more written, revised, and published. Note my flowery language and enjoy. I mean really how often do you get to read alas and hence in the same sentence? Okay, okay, I hear your moan and will henceforth cease and desist using archaic and yet lovely--to me at least--verbiage. I can't help it, after all I am reading Powell.

Back to topic, which is staying on track with my writing and my calories, both equally difficult for one as weak as myself. Maybe it's my complete lack of stamina to see things through that makes the end of December and early days of January so bittersweet to me. Bitter because of all the lost
opportunities and sweet because once again, I can start afresh like a newborn babe. And even though in my heart of hearts, I know my resolve to work harder, focus more, and stop eating cake will erode into nothingness, for at least few weeks, I will be full of zest and vigor to get things done.

So here are my writer's resolutions (don't worry, I won't bore you with my spartan goals diet-wise, they will be as dust in the wind long before my writing goals).

1. Finish my revisions on what started out as a middle grade story and is now, after a discussion with an editor, a young adult, by mid-January.
2. Send it to above editor at my own expense for a solid content edit by mid-January.
3. While the manuscript is being edited, research possible agents.
4. Prepare a query letter to the 3 - 5 agents that my research indicates would be a good fit for my ms.
5. When I get my manuscript back, polish it up and query agents, hopefully by the end of January, beginning of February.
6. Continue revising another manuscript that started as a YA and is now a funny, time travel MG. Funny how I had to reverse my two ms.
7. Rinse and repeat my agent querying, fingers crossed I'll find one interested in taking me on.

This is my list and certainly not one you should consider following, however, you need to gird your loins (sorry, I love that phrase with all its strong visuals so had to add it), make a list specific to your writing needs and try your best to stick to it, as I will also try.

As to the other issue of diet, I don't know about you, but I've already resolved to break it, after all life's too short to not have cake.

7 comments:

Big Mike said...

Cancer taught me to rejoice each time each time I make it through a new year.

Michael Davis (Davisstories.com)
Author of the Year (2008 and 2009)
Award of Excellence (2012)

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

Maybe you shouldn't write them down, just methodically select the most important goal and commit to it. The agent sounds like a good place to start. How much cake can one eat when typing to an agent!

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Liz Fountain said...

Mmm....gingerbread cake with lemon frosting! :)
Happy new year and may it bring all kinds of joys, writing-related and cake-related. :)

January Bain said...

Thanks for a fun, interesting post and all the best in the New Year. Good to see your plan and I'll bet you'll stick to it! Hugs, January

Gabriella Austen said...

Mike, brain surgery taught me the same (as did my hair growing back - hooray for small blessings).

I'm not coordinated enough to eat cake while typing, so I figure I'll write my query after energizing myself with something zesty like lemon cake - a specialty of mine.

Happy new year's everyone.

Ute Carbone said...

The cake looks delicious! And you can meet those writing goals, too. One step at a time.