We’re still eating Thanksgiving dinner leftovers here (and enjoying them so much!), and I have a long weekend ahead of me. Today, I spent it doing little things like looking at cookie recipes and a little gift-shopping, plus watched my first holiday movie of the season, Love Actually. I have two quick stops to make tomorrow, including one for a couple of gifts. I’m planning to get my chores out of the way afterward and write in between, and then my extra day off is nothing but writing.
Since we’re getting to the end of the year, I’ve been thinking about goals and accomplishments. I am about to go into a goal-setting workshop to get my goals set for next year, writing and otherwise. And I need to whittle down my writing list for next year so I set manageable, realistic goals for myself. How many of you set goals for yourself each year? I don’t mean resolutions, but goals, where you map out step-by-step plans to achieve them?
I used to be better at the smaller steps in my goal planning, but somehow, I got out of practice with the littler steps. So for this year, I’m starting with the small steps, and then moving on to the intermediate stages, and then the big picture goals. Maybe working from the other end this time will give me the nudge my brain needs.
The manuscript I’m working on right now has taken a turn for the hot much sooner than I anticipated. I should back up a little. I knew there would be hot at the beginning, but I thought that would probably back off a little, at least for a while. These two characters are both really messed up, and I guessed that despite their steamy start, it would take them a while to develop enough trust to let that continue. Only they’ve surprised me and kept it scorching. which means when they do back off, there will be major hurt involved on both sides. And then, of course, more steamy hot when they make up later. I do love when characters surprise me, and I’m looking forward to seeing where these two take me on the way to their happy-ever-after.
Now I’m going to take a little break before I wrap things up for the night so I can get a fresh start in the morning for my next two days of productivity!