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Fall Resolutions, Part 2

Moonday Mania

a blog for the resolutionist in all of us

Last week I got to tell all of you why I am making Fall Resolutions and I whine, whine, whined. If you missed it, click HERE.

This week I get to make them. YAY!

Jessica Aspen’s Fall Resolutions

  1. Write more
  2. Protect the writing time
  3. Schedule, schedule, schedule
  4. Say no
  5. Say no again, and again, and again
  6. Review the goals from January and get crackin’!
  7. Tape a picture of Stephen King on the wall and know, he’s gonna getcha if you fail (Miss my scary Stephen King blog? Click HERE to check it out.)
  8. When all else fails, leave the house and go to the library
  9. When they kick you out at 6pm, go to the coffee shop
  10. When they kick you out at 8pm, go to that 24 hour restaurant by the highway, but get that word count done!

As you can see this boils down to just one resolution. WRITE, and make writing the priority when organizing my life.

In support of that I’m making a few changes to my daily schedule.

  1. Moving my mundane work schedule around so that I have Wednesdays and Fridays as dedicated writing days.
  2. Get all my blogs written and pre-posted on weekend days, leaving the week days for writing and boosting posts.
  3. Work ahead for marketing, blogging, and guest blogging.
  4. Thursdays have become a crazy day for me so after this week’s Paranormal Book Trailer post on Thursdays Bite I’m going to switch my paranormal posts to Fantastic Fridays and stop blogging on Thursdays. That’s going to let me focus on all the non-writing stuff on Thursdays, so that on Fridays I can focus on all the writing stuff.
  5. Work on my blogs on the weekend when the family is underfoot. I know, I’m a wuss. But I like quiet to write and the weekend is not it. But I can do other things, like write a blog, when it’s not so quiet. All I have to do is resist the lure of having fun with the family. I can do that, right?
  6. Get out of the house when I need to. (Okay, that was up in the resolutions, but it’s one of the most difficult for me to do, so I’m putting it in twice!)

What are your Fall Resolutions? Do you ever go back and read through your yearly goals and see how far you’ve come? What motivates you to get back on track when there are only a few months in the year left to get it all done?

 

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Jessica Aspen

Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

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Fall Resolutions, Part – The Whine

Moonday Mania

a blog based in my reality

Before I dive into Jessica Aspen Writes I want to dive into the news.

ghosts of christmas past by jessica aspenGhosts of Christmas Past, my contemporary Gothic romance is now available on all channels: Amazon,  Barnes and Noble, IbooksAllRomanceEbooks and Kobo The ghosts make it perfect for Fall and Halloween reading as well as Christmas. And of course it’s a romance, so give it a go.

I’m planning a birthday party for The Dark Huntsman, A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court. I love Fall and Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, so the month of October will be filled with special tricks and treats and birthday celebrations for my first fantasy romance.

Now on to the blog!

WARNING: This is the whiny blog. If you want the actual resolutions, tune in next week where I tell you what I plan to do about changing my mindset and my schedule.

My new year starts in the Fall. It always has. School starts in Fall and from the time I was a child, that’s when the year shifted. Yeah, we have the big party in January, but that is such an artificial time to start the new year that it’s never felt right. I have fun in January. I even re-set my goals and participate in the whole New Year’s Resolution things. (You can check out my January Goals Post HERE.) But both my gut and my heart say the new year starts in the Fall.

This year, more than ever, I’m looking forward to school starting and having the house to myself. As I travel the path of becoming an author, (yes, six books out and I still feel like I’m in the becoming stage) I find that every day, week, and month my goals and life change. When my kids were in school and I wasn’t working my current job, I could write! I was so productive. Two thousand, three thousand words a day poured out of my brain and into my laptop. I edited and polished and produced. And then this year I changed jobs and summer hit.

Yikes!

My kids aren’t little, but they are super distracting, and my new job happens almost every day. EVERY DAY! I know, I know, the rest of you are thinking I’m crazy. (I did warn you this was the whiny blog, didn’t I?) Other writers get up at five in the morning or are typing long after everyone has gone to bed. Well, I can’t do that. At least not the writing at night thing. I fall asleep on the couch between 8 and 9 pm, most nights. My husband is always waking me up to send me to bed and my brain is mush.

Okay, then there is the writing in the early morning thing—before work. My brain takes time and coffee to wake up so I’ve been doing other work at 5 in the morning. Like writing blogs. A little caffeine and a fantastic spell-check and I can write non-fiction. I can even edit other people’s fiction, but create my own? That takes me being a more awake, a lot more sunshine.and way more coffee.

So this year my Fall will be a true New Year. I’ll be re-immersing myself in writing after a ton of editing last year and a summer spent reacting to everyone else’s needs. This fall I will be putting writing first and tell everyone else to go away. This year, I’ll be the no excuses writer. The one who I read about who says they write 8 hours a day and don’t let anyone or anything stop them!

Because I’m not giving up. No way. No how.

What happens to you when you have one of those seasons that takes away from what you really want to do? Does the whiner in you come out? Are you like me and whine, have the pity party, then pull up the big girl boots and move on to the work?

Author Bio:

jessica aspen, authorJessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email please go to: http://eepurl.com/zs4Sj

 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! http://eepurl.com/zs4Sj

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