What I loved most about this years Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is Angelica Hale from America’s Got Talent singing “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keyes. 9 years old and kicking butt!
I love the parade. It always inspires me because almost everyone in the parade is living their dreams. The musicians and dancers. The actors and actresses. The screenwriters and playwrights.
If they are living their dreams why can’t I live mine?
I’ve been thinking about this for the last couple of days. Why can’t I? I think that part of my problem is that I don’t have a specific goal. I know I want to be an author but I don’t have any specific goals. I want to get my essays and short stories published and I would love to write the final draft of my romance novel, but I don’t have any specific goals. Goals that I write down on paper and achieve. Goals that I work toward every time I sit down to write. I don’t know why I don’t write down my goals. I have goals in my head. Floating around in my head. Sometimes they are close. Sometimes they are far away.
I need to get my office (my half of our office) in order. I have a stack of papers for my blog on one side of my desk. Old blog posts that I have typed and need to file. Partially written blog posts that I need to file or finish. Magazine articles and other stuff I find interesting to possibly write about in future blog posts. I keep piling stuff on the pile and not dealing with it. On the other side I have notes, a notebook and two folders for my first draft for NaNoWriMo. (I wrote a couple of scenes over the past week). I would like to have a clean desk.
I think I have a lot of stuff that I don’t need on my bookshelf. Notebooks and notepads. I love notebooks. I usually write the 1st draft of my posts in a notebook of some kind. College ruled. Spiral works best for me and preferably with a pocket. I have a notebook in my office, in the living room, in my truck and in my locker at work. The goal for my bookshelf is to have all of my writing projects on the shelves so I can easily see and access them. If I write notes for a project I can easily file the notes or grab it and work on it.
I realized this weekend that I don’t have any rhyme or reason to my desk. It holds my computer, keyboard, mouse and piles of paper. Because my desk is a mess I have no idea where I am with my writing projects. My goal for my desk is that I would love to be able to walk into my office and start working instead of looking at it and mumbling “WTF!”
What is in my head and what is in my office are far apart. I’ve been putting off dealing with my office issues because I was hoping we were moving and I would have my own office. That didn’t happen so I need put my big girl pants on and deal with what I have. A very disorganized writing life….and then I wonder why I don’t accomplish anything.
I want my office to have only what I need in it and not what I think I might use some day. I get distracted by my stuff. I have a lot of “things” in my office instead of a lot of writing. This definitely needs to change. I want to have a place for everything in my office and everything in it’s place.
Right now this girl is definitely not on fire, but I would like to be. I think I’m going to use “Girl on Fire” as my 2018 mantra. I want to be able to describe and/or think of myself as a girl on fire. Moving toward her goals and not letting anyone stop her. I’m going to put this on my bulletin board (which only has a picture of snoopy hugging woodstock on it. I know. Sad. It could be used for so much more) and look at it every day.
A girl on fire who writes everyday. That’s me.
What is your mantra for 2018?