Last year at this time, I attended RWA Nationals in NYC, including the awards ceremony on Saturday night. This year, I watched the ceremony via live stream from the comfort of my living room. No high heels. No tight dress. No edgy excitement. Just my rainbow cozy pants and a tall glass of milk.
I debated whether to attend Nationals this year and ultimately decided not to for one important reason: lack of progress on my MS. I have nothing new to pitch. I’ve been working on the same story for 3 years. Wait, 4. And it’s still not done.
But watching the awards ceremony was actually good for me. As I listened to all the recipients give their speeches, it helped me re-frame my goals.
#1: Finish this GD book. (Note that it’s not even The Damn Book anymore.) No more excuses. No more anything else coming first. If other moms can give their kids lots of cereal for dinner (as I heard several recipients admit to), then I can, too. My kids will survive. (Plus, they might think it fun.)
#2: Submit for the 2017 Golden Heart (that means I have less than 6 months to write it…time to light a fire under my a$$). Again, no more excuses. No more anything else coming first.
#3: Start working on another book. No more excuses. No more anything else coming first.
Last week, Nancy announced she’s going to reveal her two-year strategic plan. Well, I’m going to do the same, only mine will be for the next 6 months, leading up to the Golden Heart. Each week, I’ll report on my progress. I will reclaim my time for writing. And I will finish this book. Time for me to put my B.I.T.C.H. (Butt In The Chair Honey) hat on.
2016 will be known as “The Year She Finally Finished That Book.”
I have a lot of work to do.
No more excuses.
No more anything else coming first.