I'm back with the Monday blog challenge . . . for the last time, 'cause it's WEEK 30! The lady in charge is Marie at Mom Gets Real. The questions are right here:
And Week 30's prompt is . . .
HOPES, DREAMS, AND PLANS FOR THE FUTURE!
Everyone here knows I want to be a successful writer. I mean, that's been the idea since childhood. I never answered the "What do you want to be when you grow up?" question with anything else.
|Child Julie didn't foresee the personal computer.|
Child Julie was not actually orange.
Writing-related short-term goals:
- Get a publishing deal for at least one fiction book. (Hopefully a multiple-book deal, but hey.)
- Publish some short fiction.
- Prepare for a great release for my nonfiction book in September.
- Write the Bad Fairy sequel and maybe one other book this year.
- Do some more media interviews and publish more pieces to promote awareness on asexuality in association with my nonfiction book.
- Become established with a publisher, resulting in a steady publishing career.
- Continue doing events and promotion in association with my nonfiction book (though hopefully minimizing the actual traveling).
- Regularly attend writing conferences and events (participating in panels, readings/signings, and workshops where appropriate, attending when not).
- Become a better short story writer and get more pieces out there.
- Write full time.
- Be able to take writing vacations.
- Find more time to read.
- Keep up with my blogs, video creation, comics, singing, and other hobbies.
- Finish some of the website projects I've had sitting around for years.
- Finish posting my book reviews on Goodreads and begin participating in the forums.
- Read all the books I own.
- Collect all the work of my favorite authors and musicians.
- Live in a house and have a real garden.
- Be able to assist my parents when they need support in their older years.
- See a bunch of musicals on Broadway.
- Be able to see my distant family and friends more often.
To tell you the truth, my current life is very similar to what I hope and dream about--just on a smaller scale. I don't have to spend much time at my day job, and yet it pays well enough and offers an environment secure and stress-free enough that I can spend the rest of my time devoted to my creative pursuits. I've already got a book deal for my nonfiction and am on submission to publishers for my fiction (which could end up resulting in a book deal any time now), and I continue to write more novels and short stories and engage in all my favorite pursuits. One day if my dreams come true I'll have more security, more time with people I love, and more opportunity to create my stories, and more people will be listening when the stories I write are shared with the world.
But as things are, even though I have goals and aspirations, I like where I am.