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.happy

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.

Blue crystal cube on gold wire.
Blue crystal cube on gold wire.

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?

Turquoise and garnet ring
Turquoise and garnet ring

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.

15 thoughts on “Decisions

  1. Hi… I’m kinda glad you decided to slow down a bit… and concentrate on a couple of things at a time…. I think it’s a good idea to try to do the school auction … and get a chance to hand out cards… Have you thought any more of doing home parties… ? Anyway hope your book goes well…. Diane

    1. I looked at the papers grandson brought home about the auction, and I don’t see anywhere where they are asking for donations, but I’ll call and see.

      Slowing down is really, really hard. But today I practiced patience and spent most of my day working on my jigsaw puzzle. It takes a bit of focus and keeps my mind sort of blank.

  2. You are a super woman! Smart to cut back and focus on those main things you want to accomplish. It’s great that you have so many interests and ideas, often our bodies can’t keep up with our minds and things we want to do, usually all at once. 🙂

    1. I am finding slowing down difficult. Today I stayed off the computer and worked on a jigsaw puzzle. The last I will do for at least a month. I like the focus and patience it takes to do them and it clears my mind. It’ll be finished this weekend and then all my energy will go into my jewelry shop and novel. I’m off to try to design my business cards.

  3. This post is filled with bubbling happiness. It is so much fun to share a little of your successes with you. Thinking of the school auction as a way to advertise is brilliant! Then there’s no pressure to sell anything for a certain price, or to reach out to X number of people. Business cards, also great idea. Then you have to remember to hand them out. People actually do like to get them. Congratulations on your 1500 words! The last time I wrote 1500 words in my own book was in 2012.

    1. Thank you for wanting to share my little successes. Your support is much needed. My cards should arrive next week. Hope they look exactly how I designed them.

      I haven’t been successful in writing much in my novel this weekend, but I did manage some editing and added about 300 words Saturday. Will be back at it tomorrow morning.

  4. so glad to hear you are getting more focused on the things that have meaning for you. sometimes the realization of how our time is truly limited can be a blessing. you can do this and you know that, it is just a bit scary isn’t it? funny as i read your blog i was thinking you are truly a writer. since the beginning of my blog i have stated “i am not a writer.” lot’s of people have said i am a great writer. i have no desire to torture myself with what you find such joy in!

    i think you are opening yourself to the many possibilities and the auction at gs’s school sounds like a great opportunity. you go girl! i have my reading glasses ready:)

    1. Thank you for taking your time to read my blog. It means a lot to me. I find it difficult to try to stick to doing just a couple of things. It’s a process. Then I have to go get a camera just for another hobby, lol. Working on my jewelry site right now. Will be working on the novel later this evening.

      Sending thoughts of peace and thanks to you.

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