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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

I’m taking a leaf out of Al and Pip’s blogs, here and here, and ‘Taking Stock’ this January. I really liked this idea, probably because I love lists and reflection, and I’m really happy that Al lead me to Pip – because Pip crochets stuff!

Sending a very warm thank you to these two awesome Aussie ladies for the inspiration for this week’s blog. If you want to try this list yourself, I recommend writing it twice and noticing any negative self-talk that crept into the first version. Life is too short to keep that soundtrack playing.

Making: Study notes, so I can blitz my exam in April.

Cooking: More regularly. Learning how to meal-plan.

Drinking: Woodford Reserve Bourbon, but I’d love to get my hands on another bottle of Cotswold’s London Dry Gin.

Reading: Yoga Therapy for stress and anxiety, and Talking to My Country by Stan Grant. Also, my bro-in-law’s script-in-progress.

Next read: Heat and Light, by Ellen Van Neerven.

Wanting: A flowy skirt.

Looking: At my wedding photos … I really need to sort through more of them.

Playing: Battlefront II – occasionally on PS4 with the hubby.

Deciding: Which story idea to polish for spicy bites.

Wishing: I prioritised my time better.

Enjoying: The hot, sunny weather.

Waiting: For the RWA 2017 Spicy Bites and Little Gems anthologies to arrive in the mail.

Liking: My whiteboard. It’s where I do some of my best thinking.

Wondering: If I could sync my whiteboard with my bullet journal – knowing that neither are electronic …

Loving: Yoga With Adriene’s TRUE series of yoga videos. Start here.

Pondering: Whether I can keep up my daily yoga practice the whole year.

Considering: Running a marathon. I like the idea of it, but it’s already a big year.

Buying: Nothing but food and necessities if I can help it. But I really want Louise Allan’s the Sisters’ Song, and about a hundred other books and manga and DVDs.

Watching: Arrow. Stephen Amell mhmm.

Next watch: Maybe the Crown Season 2?

Hoping: That I can make a difference in people’s lives, somehow. Really not sure on the how. Reckon I need to stop thinking and hoping and just start, somewhere.

Marvelling: At the generosity of strangers.

Cringing: At my own self-doubt and negative self-talk. If I wouldn’t say it to a friend, I shouldn’t be saying it to myself.

Needing: To keep waking up early – it felt amazing this week.

Questioning: Whether I can do everything I want to.

Smelling: Curry – haha.

Wearing: My purple Dr Marten’s. Dreamed of them since forever, and love how strong they make me feel.

Following: Too many aspiring and emerging authors to keep track – plus some very inspiring established authors. Check out who I’m retweeting or sharing on FB.

Worrying: That I’m not good enough.

Noticing: My breath.

Knowing: That I need to stop worrying so much.

Thinking: In. Out.

Admiring: Margaret Atwood – always.

Sorting: My favourite websites and blogs into folders on my bookmark bar – and then syncing my laptop chrome with chrome on my phone.

Getting: Sick waaaay too often.

Bookmarking: All the things.

Coveting: New earrings.

Disliking: Back sweat. My own. I don’t care about yours. But mine is really bothering me.

Opening: My wallet, too often.

Giggling: At my husband’s Dad jokes. He’s not even a Dad yet, not even close, but gosh!

Feeling: Optimistic.

Snacking: On nuts and a square of dark chocolate – usually.

Hearing: Traffic, but it sounds like the ocean – said my Dad. *Shakes head and smiles.*

If you made it all the way down here … wow. Thank you.

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Writing Goals 2018

Writing Goals 2018

Hi

In my New Years post I mentioned I needed to have a think about my writing goals for 2018. I wasn’t sure what was achievable. I’m still not and I don’t think I will be until I try. So let’s just go with the wish list for now and I can work the rest out later.

  1. Finish the damn book

    FTDB – the first draft at least – should be the goal of any aspiring author. I didn’t manage it last year. Getting married, moving countries, changing jobs … is not exactly a BAU year in the life of anyone. I’m not gonna bash myself up for that one.

    However, I feel close. After entering the Selling Submissions competition last year, I have a Synopsis that I’m happy with, that gives me direction, but still leaves freedom. I just need to connect the dots, flesh it all out, get it down.

  2. Entering short story competitions

    Starting with Little Gems and Spicy Bites in January with the RWA. The themes are Jade and Chains respectively, with word counts in the range of 3000-5000. I’m excited by the idea of these. The first is mild/medium and shorter, but Spicy Bites is an erotic fiction contest.

    I confess I read spicier romances- as anyone whose seen my kindle library knows ­čśë But I haven’t tried writing it before, so this is going to be entertaining. To get an idea of how badly this could go… check out the Bad Sex Awards┬á– for older readers only!

    Keeping my eye out for other competitions later in the year. Suggestions welcome!

  3. I’ve applied for a Critique Partner with the RWA

    One of the best ways to improve is to get feedback, so I’m taking the plunge in 2018. I don’t want to be a writer in a garret. Isolated. Tapping away. Hoping that someone will like it, without ever actually asking anyone. Even Rapunzel hated being Rapunzel.

  4. Blog

    This is where things get a little more optional. I’m going to aim for once a month minimum. If I can get out once a week, on a Monday, that’s fantastic! But, at the very least, once a month. I like blogging. It’s a chance to connect in with the writer community, with friends and family across Australia and the world.

    Through the blog, I’m learning to be a little less precious about my words, and get comfortable with sharing.

To all the writers out there: What are your writing goals for 2018? Looking forward to cheering you on!

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! Bring on 2018!

New year, new look, new commitment.

I hope you like the new design of the website and my social media pages. I love having a fresh start in January. It’s not about resolutions that I won’t keep. It’s about checking in with what I want from this one precious life I’ve been given.

Do you set intentions in the New Year? I do.

I’m still nutting mine out, figuring out what is feasible and getting specific with them.

Here is where I’m at:

  1. Restarting my studies. I used to take professional exams to further my career in mathematics, but then life took off and it was too exciting, I lacked the motivation. Now I’m turning my head to them again. This means an exam every six months, for the next 18 months. They aren’t easy and they will take up a lot of time. But the payoffs for my career and my future are huge.
  2. Yoga with Adriene – every January she does a bootcamp of daily yoga videos. They are free and inspiring. The theme of this year’s journey is “TRUE”. I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve also been building up my gym attendance to several times a week and am hoping to keep that going through the new year.
  3. Renewing my commitment to my blog and my novel. I’m going to have to see how the studies pan out, alongside the full time work, before I can nut out the details of how this commitment will look. But with a fresh new design – and yet another year over of knowing that I can’t live without writing┬á– I have to somehow make this a priority. Write in the gaps of life. Schedule it in.

Hope you have a wonderful 2018!

Jesi x

 

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