Realistic Goals.

3:04 PM Nina S. Gooden 0 Comments

  This Deviantion is fantastic. Finding harmony in art.

Last year I set the goal to have ten books published by December. I think I was doing pretty well. I was right on track to make that goal, when I ended up going back to work full-time. Now I'm faced with the challenge of being someone who was writing full-time, but now has to figure out how to balance a much busier schedule.

Before I even started to apply for the job that I ended up getting, I was very much aware of how my writing would be impacted. I thought it would be simple to distribute the hours in a day evenly. Naturally, that didn't work out. I'd forgotten that being part of a workforce is more than just the time you spend in the office. It's the way it affects your mind and energy levels even after you have clocked out.

Of course, most people know this already. it's not something that they needed to learn or relearn. However, in my case, even when I was working I was very much removed from that level of stress. Most of the jobs that I've taken in my adult life have been freelance or in some way flex-schedule. At the time, this was necessary, as a set schedule wasn't realistic given my illnesses.

Now that that is no longer a concern, I am having a hard time realistically balancing what I think I should be doing, and what I actually have time to be doing. I've always been a bit of a workaholic, but it's only recently that I've seen the kind of damage I could do to myself if I fall into the wrong patterns. When I was sixteen, skipping meals and sleep in order to get a deadline met wasn't a big deal. But I'm not sixteen anymore, and it's never been more apparent than it is at 2:30 in the afternoon when I'm struggling to stay awake at my desk because I stayed up late the night before.

This year I plan to set goals as well. Both professional goals and personal ones. I want to work on my social networking, spend more time at reader and writer conventions, and (of course) get writing done. Because of the company I work for, some of the series I have out will need to be put on the back burner until they are no longer under contract. This makes me sad, but I'm grateful that none of these books are ones that will leaving the readers hanging. Instead of worrying about what I can't do, I will focus on what I have control over.

I hope to have at least two series with two installments each done by December. That's only four books. In addition, I hope to re-release Light Can Be Gentle, which will be out of contract in February. I also want to get the second installment of that series finished, which puts me at six books. Naturally, as an over achiever, I am still shooting for ten. But if I do manage to publish six works by the end of the year, I vow to be happy with my wins, rather than focusing on my failures.

And that's what I should do.

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deeJuusan (Diana Abbadi). Peaceful Self. 2010. DeviantArt, Unknown. Web. 21 Jan 2014. <>.