2015 is finally here and I have to ask now what? New year, new outlook, resolutions out for grabs, but how many of us actually follow through? This is my first post of the New Year and I want to start it on a positive note. We had some sad news right off the bat, but with every end there truly are new beginnings, may that be a new life, a personal decisions, they’re beginnings nonetheless. The New Year is kind of like a birthday, you think you’re going to feel different somehow, but really, nothing changes—life goes on. My biggest goal, professionally, is to publish my novel. I’ve worked hard on it, and I’ll be the first to say I’m no Hemingway or Austen. My book isn’t going to be a great classic, but now that it’s finished and I’m going through the editing phase, I’m pleased to say that I’ve told the story I wanted to tell. The next step of course to get it out there. I’ve done a ton of research and for me, the best option is to self-publish, I really don’t have it in me to go through the whole query process. I’m not afraid of rejection, just afraid I’ll be waiting forever to be published. So I’m taking it into my own hands and hope to God it all works out, I have nothing more to hope for other than professional success. My family is thankfully healthy and I have nothing to worry on that front. They are supportive, more understanding than I could ever be. I wrote in a post once that writing is a lonely profession and we’re our own cheering section, but if it wasn’t for the characters we write about it would be lonely for sure. But after deciding to take this gig seriously, my family has been my biggest cheerleaders. Their words of encouragement and their never ending “is it finished” have kept me on my toes. So I change my tune, I’m not alone and aside from family, there’s a whole community of writers out there you could “lean on” and get great advice from. There’s a light at the end of the literary tunnel, reach for, conquer it and cease it.
Set realistic goals, be gentle on yourself, be good to yourself and have faith.
Happy New Year everyone!