Friday, June 30, 2006

June 30 Part II

GDR for 2006 – Midyear Review

The first seven questions dealt with 2005, so there was no need to revisit them mid-year. Starting with question 8, we look at 2006.

Blue = original thoughts.
Red == what happened/changes

8. Looking ahead, what are your goals for 2006?

Edit and begin shopping both Clear the Slot and Tapestry
Clear the Slot is 2/3 of the way through the edit; Tapestry is still resting.

Get all three websites up and running and keep them well maintained
I’ve redone the copy for the DE site, and am working on the copy for the other two. I’m behind.

Complete the first draft of three novels (hopefully Fix-It Girl, Shallid, and Periwinkle. Oh, and I wanted all three volumes of Ransagh finished, too, but that’s more than 3).
The first draft of Shallid is done. I’m also 2/3 of the way through the first draft of Real, which took over everything else, and then I need to get back to The Fix-It Girl and Periwinkle.

Finish the unfinished serials.
Haven’t dealt with them at all.

Expand the business writing.
That’s in process. I’ve landed some good, interesting gigs.

Teach more workshops
I couldn’t schedule anything, due to The Situation.

Do as much television work as possible

Apply what I’ve learned in marketing and business trends to my work
I did some of that, but not enough.

Be steadier in the article and short story work rather than writing them in spurts
I thought I’d been completely unproductive in that arena. However, to date, I’ve published 8 articles and 3 short stories. I have a fourth short story accepted into an anthology, and I’ve written five more as part of the SDR exercises. So, there’s progress, but still not as much as I want.

Continue building both Circadian Poems and The Thirteen Traveling Journals Project
Both these projects suffered due to the Situation, but I hope to have them back on track soon.

Build Kemmyrk into something useful, articulate, and unusual
I’m still playing with this. I haven’t found its rhythm yet.

Work on the tarot book
Fell by the wayside.

Continue the Whaling research
That I’ve actually done.

Resolve The Situation in a positive way for all concerned and be in a better place (yes, on this earth) at this time next year.
I’m hopeful, but wary, in spite of seemingly good news.

Not let the Spiritual side of my life fall by the wayside, which happened this year.
Hit and miss. The 100 Days Meditation Group has been a huge help and support.

9. What steps do you plan to get you there?

More self-discipline
More flexibility (no, those are NOT mutually exclusive)
Work harder to learn the HTML stuff
Promote myself in a smarter fashion
Balance the creative work and the business work more, giving each equal weight, instead of see-sawing.
The Situation wiped all of this out.

10. What are your dreams for 2006?
Peaceful and positive resolution of The Situation
Still in question, although it looks more hopeful. So now the dream becomes moving further into the transition to full-time writing.

Help my mother in her recovery
Until the Situation is resolved, she won’t get better.

Prosperity and abundance in all areas of my life.
Working on it.

11. What steps will you take to bring you closer to them?

Do the necessary research, keep a cool head, and realize that the Universe is going to make it happen in ITS time and way, not mine.
That’s been difficult. I don’t like trusting anyone else with my future, even the Universe.

12. What are your resolutions for 2006?

Commit to my yoga practice
Recommit to my spiritual practice
Ratchet up the commitment to my writing

I struggled with the first two, but am closer to the last.

13. How do you plan to get there?

Attend to each aspect carefully and mindfully every day.
You get neck deep in something like the Situation and see how well THAT works! The past months have been about how to survive the day. It’s been about defense rather than attack.

14. What changes has the last year brought to your long-term plan?

I’m squeezed tighter financially, but pushed harder in every other way. The three year plan has to accelerate, but I’m not sure how to get there. I have to focus on the result and remain aware and alert to the opportunities to get me there. I also have to say “no” more often to low or non-paying work.
“No” has become one of my favorite words. I’ve paid off one big debt and two smaller ones, and I’m dealing with what’s left.

15. Where would you like to be one year from now?

Living a more balanced and secure life, dedicated to my true vocation (writing).
That’s the plan, and, perhaps now, some more attention can be devoted to it.

There’s too much psychological babble in this and not enough action. The Situation ate seven months of my life. It’s not like I can pretend it didn’t happen, go back and pick up the threads exactly where they broke. I have to refigure the overall plan. Many of the questions keep me in the same rut instead of moving me out of it.

I need to come up with some new questions.

The summer months will be devoted to returning to a human being instead of a defensive machine, healing from the post-Situation stress factor, and re-thinking the details of the writing life I want, and figuring out how to get there. I need to come up with some new questions and challenge myself with answers that are active and internal, not just external.

I need to get out of my own way.

I mentioned above that the three year plan has to accelerate – yet it was on hold for the first half of the year.

I need to step back and look at all of it from a different point of view.

Not sure how or where to do that yet, but it’s necessary, in order to formulate a plan of action that’s relevant to where things are now.


At 1:29 PM, Blogger Michelle Miles said...

At least you can get back to your GDRs and a semblance of normalcy. Here's hoping the rest of the year will bring you peace, tranquility, and a ton of writing gigs. ;)


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