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New Year. Now what?

Now that the holiday period is thoroughly over (despite working four out of five days last week, it still felt like holidays), and I'm faced with 2009 stretching out ahead of me, I find myself sort of wondering what to do with myself. I'm not much for making and sticking to resolutions, but there are a couple projects I've actually been making slow but steady progress on, and I sort of think if I decide to finish them this year maybe I can actually pull that off.

We've got a baby coming in July (!) which will, I'm sure, pretty much sap my productivity from that point on, for who knows how long, so if I'm gonna try to get stuff done it should probably be before then. So here's my plan: complete and release at least one of my things by June. I think that's doable.

Sorry to be so vague, but I've got that particular type of geek-paranoia where I feel like if I talk much about my projects that will doom them to failure. Suffice it to say the one I'm most excited about is a small web-app, and I'm developing it in CakePHP because that's a system I'm familiar with and a language I can use in my sleep.

I also want to try to write more (last year's fiction output was nonexistent), and even though everybody says "oh, write every day, stick to a schedule," etc., I can't do that, so I'm just going to make an effort to at least do it occasionally. I'll leave publication goals for the future; right now, I'll just write more. I'm kind of tired of going to cons and having people (including authors I admire) ask me, "So, have you written anything lately?" and having to sheepishly say no. If that's not motivation I don't know what is.

I don't think I ever linked to our baby weblog, so here: Our Little Pirate is where we'll be writing about pregnancy and family and baby stuff.

I meant this to be a short entry. Maybe I should resolve to be less verbose.

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rfreebern
Jan. 6th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
For me, it's because I know that I have trouble finishing stuff, and discussing it with people and then never finishing it is embarrassing.
duchez
Jan. 5th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
Try the rule I have: write for 15 minutes when I get up in the morning, or before bed. 15 minutes is manageable. And by not insisting on whether it's a letter to someone, a journal post, or notes on something you are working on, the setting aside the 15 minutes to write has been helpful. I've sometimes "cheated" and done the shopping list then. But it's a nice habit. And eventually those 15 minutes add up and it becomes a story.

I generally do before bed, since half the time, my wakeup is caused by someone else.
rfreebern
Jan. 6th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
I did this for a while, and I got a lot of writing done, but right now my life is so busy that I'd have to give up sleep to do this, and I don't think I could survive for long that way. I guess 15 minutes isn't much to give up, so maybe I could make that work.
duchez
Jan. 6th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's why I enforce the 15 minute rule. I can't afford to give up sleep - but 15 minutes is not much.
oracne
Jan. 5th, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the upcoming baby!!!
rfreebern
Jan. 6th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Will I see you at Boskone next month?
oracne
Jan. 6th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
Probably not--I am going to Arisia, but February is too filled with a choir gig.
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