With renovations going on at the house, I needed to stay out for a while and so after I dropped off LilDude at school, I took the dog for a walk where I usually go with my walking buddy. Usually, there’s someone waterskiing but today there was no one.
Just this view with the sun behind clouds.
I could have kept going but of course, I had to stop and take pictures. I even filmed a few minutes because the water was just so serene it reminded me of those pictures in the 80s or 90s where the water would kinda move but it was because of some light at the back of the frame. But in this case it was all real.
This was 9 in the morning so it was way brighter than how the image looks but I love the way the pictures came out. Almost surreal and a reminder for me to slow down and just take it easy.
I actually haven’t been writing. Kinda hard to write when one wall in your kitchen is being torn down and there’s plaster everywhere. So I’ve been planning my year instead. Weighing the stories that need to be written versus the ones I want to write. It’s a tough decision and although I did my kanban board yesterday and was very proud of it, this morning, it hit me that the one story I needed to write above all else was not on the board simply because I didn’t think they needed a second book.
But it turns out they do and so I’ll have to redo my Kanban board for the first quarter and go from there.
Can you believe it?! 17 more days and a new decade begins!
A decade ago, I was nine months pregnant with LilDude and scared to death about what would happen during his delivery since he had been diagnosed as having MDCK in utero (Multicystic Dysplastic Kidney, which is when one kidney (or both, which would prove fatal in many cases) doesn’t develop as it should with the special filtration cells and instead just develop a bunch of cysts filled with fluid). So I didn’t really have much planned for the year except to be a mother one day at a time.
For the coming decade, it’s time for me to create a vision board with LilDude and see where we want to go. That way we can work together toward the same goal, whether it’s moving into a bigger house, trips to New York and Washington, DC and me making more money each month with my books.
So far, my plan is to write four more books in A Different Kind of Love series (Sarah and Benny’s second book, and then Gabe, Todd, and Daniel) with the fifth one a huge maybe (Dax and Harlow) which would formally close the series. It will be tough saying goodbye but everything has to come to an end.
Gareth’s book (Loving Ashe Trilogy which was later renamed Celebrity series) also is due to be written this year. He’s waited over two years for me to revisit him and I want to dive in. So if you’re on Wattpad, you just might get the first look at the book coming together!
Unfortunately, Naughty Pen has her own series to finish that’s long-overdue as well. I’ll be writing and releasing it serial style the way I did the first part of the series. With my crazy life, I’ve come to realize that I like writing episodal fiction and it’s more do-able.
It will take some juggling planning and so I’m setting up an author Kanban board that I’m learning how to create from Heart Breathings on Youtube. After the disastrous results of all my goals this year, I need help with planning 2020 and that includes learning which books are a priority for me and which aren’t.
I actually don’t have any room to create a real Kanban board in my house since we’re in the midst of renovation but there are virtual kanban boards you can use like Trello which is more popular. But it turns out I have had a lifetime subscription to one for the past year and keep forgetting about it. But that’s the problem with virtual boards that live on the cloud. If I don’t see it, I forget it.
However, I plan on using it (in lieu of a real board that’ll only be set aside during the renovations) because thanks to Sarra Canon’s Heart Breathings, I’m finally learning how to use it for my goals in 2020 and beyond.
It also means splitting the year into 90-day increments to make it easier for me to handle. If I don’t reach one goal in the first 90 days, it can be moved to the second 90 days. I wrote about the 90 day year here and while I’ve been doing that, I didn’t have a visual chart to tell me what I needed to work on. So I was still scatterbrained most of the time. Putting the Kanban board and the 90 day year together will certainly help me become more organized.
And after learning what my top 5 strengths are (which ended up contributing to my feeling of helplessness and loss for most of 2019), here’s to a stronger 2020 for me.
In fact, one author I admire reminded me to pick ONE WORD for 2020 and I chose COURAGE. Courage to let go of the things and people that don’t serve me, move on and do the things that scare me.
What about you? What are your plans for the next decade that starts in 17 days?