The Wranglers were talking about a topic for this week. Monday’s my day and, in D’Ann’s words that I always love repeating, “I had nuthin’.” Finally D’Ann mentioned goals. And Shawn said, Yeah, goals. We seem, as a group, to be wandering a bit. We know what we want to do—sort of—but are having trouble settling in. The words lost and blind were used.
We had a good year in 2012, with I’m not sure how many books out, how many manuscripts finished, how many reviews that had one or the other of us shouting, Five stars! Do you believe it? Five stars! We had losses, too, that hurt our hearts and silenced our keyboards sometimes. We had unhappiness with jobs, unhappiness with manuscripts, unhappiness with…oh, I don’t know, hair color, maybe. But the Wranglers usually ended the day with, It’s all good.
So now what? Now we need goals, that’s what.
I have a new book out, which is a great way to start a new year. Jar of Dreams was released by Carina Press last week. It’s had a few of those reviews I mentioned up there. I’m so happy with the book, the publisher, my editor-who-is-wonderful.
But...sigh, there's always one of those, isn't there?
I’m 75% of the way through my manuscript in progress. I have fought my way through the hard stuff and am at my favorite part of a book to write. And I am so exhausted by that slog through the middle that I’m not sure I even care about that last 25%. That part that I usually write fast and sloppy and a little bit full of holes, that usually requires a lot of rewriting but I don’t care because it’s so, so much fun.
And there is my goal. To write that last 20,000 words and to have fun doing it. And then I’ll start another story. Because that’s what writers do. It’s all good.