I wrote 1500 words of my novel today! Yay me. I’m so excited to be working on it again. I had done NaNo back in November and reached 25,000 or so words, but hadn’t really worked on it since. I had made some notes in December, but still hadn’t typed much of anything until today.
I realized I have been doing too many things. I talked about this at length with my therapist. I have so many things I want to do, and I want to do them all at once. But I don’t have to do them all at once. I can work on just a couple of them at a time. Like my novel. I set a goal to finish it, but was distracted by all the other things I’d been doing. The genealogy, jigsaw puzzles, spending hours pushing my political views on other people via Facebook. Well today, or rather yesterday, I decided it was time to concentrate on the two items that are most important to me right now. My novel and writing in general (so that includes this blog–lucky for you, my dear readers. LOL) and my online jewelry store. When I finish my novel I will work on publication, but that’s a whole other task, so I won’t worry about that now either.
Some things I will drop all together. Mainly my pursuit of stand up comedy. I just can’t do all the traveling and selling myself, competing with younger kids. I need that energy to push my jewelry and my book. I figure I did some comedy. Had a great time doing it, and maybe sometime down the road I will get on stage again. But for now I will put that aside. I am at peace with that.
Tomorrow I will work on creating business cards for my shop. I will wear my own creations proudly and prominently and hopefully people will notice. I will always have cards handy should anyone notice my rings. I can leave my cards in strategic locations (where ever those might be). Then my grandson came to me and asked if I still wanted to “get rid of” some of my pieces. I told him yes, and he told me about the school auction. I dismissed the idea quickly, telling him that it was a good idea, but the money made on my jewelry would go to the school, and not to me. Later I reconsidered. It could be a great place to sort of advertise my stuff. Many people at his school are quite well off and well connected to all sorts of endeavors. I could donate some pieces and make sure to display my web address prominently. I’ll have to find out what they are looking for and what price range, but it sounds like a plausible idea. What do you think?
So those are my two main points of focus. No more politics (for now). No more wasting time on Facebook, or researching various subjects (except for research for my novel). I have a schedule where I will write every morning until at least noon. Except for class days, then I will write when I get home.
I hope to start selling my pieces so I can go back to making them. I do so enjoy the creative process. I’m well pleased with how my novel is going and think I can keep it up. I just need to keep to my schedule, and not allow myself to be distracted by too many other interests. It’s like suddenly my whole world has opened up, and I want to do everything all at once. I need to relax slow down and really enjoy doing the things I am doing. I’ll finish my jigsaw puzzle this weekend and not do another one until my novel is finished.