While not all of these are specifically writing-related, they will all propel me toward my ultimate goal of leaving the DDJ (that's Dreaded Day Job, a term coined by Nick Stephenson), giving myself the time and space to devote to my writing, and living a simpler, happier life with my husband and the Wonder Twins.
And Maggie, the Wonder Dog. (Don't tell the parrot I couldn't find a picture of her.)
Without further ado, here is my 2017 goal list:
- Increase readership - because let's start the list with a crap ton of work. More detail to come on this.
- Have a beginner homestead up and running by 12/31/2017 - Did I tell you I'm attempting a homestead on my city lot? Stay tuned for more info!
- Pay off LTG - LTG is this stupid creditor that's been hanging around for YEARS. I only owe them about $1500, so 2017 will be the year to make that disappear.
- Lose the 20lbs I gained when I started working from home - I can do that in a year. Right?
- Double my email subscribers - tripling and quadrupling would also be acceptable.
- Read 100 books - because good writers are readers first.
- Do twelve new things with the Wonder Twins - new fairs, new museums, the sky's the limit here.
- Make 2 extra car payments - a big part of the plan to leave the DDJ is to reduce expenses, and ditching the car payment will definitely help.
- Stay current on all expenses - again, all in the name of reducing costs and not needing the DDJ
- Restart my craft business - BWT (Before Wonder Twins) I used to make and sell jewelry and paintings. Now that the kids are in school, I have the time and space to restart that portion of my life.
- Learn how to bake bread - because who doesn't want to be able to whip up a fresh, crusty loaf of bread?
- Finish The Chronicles of Parthalan to book 6 - finish as all in a rough draft state, not finished as in published. I'm not that crazy.
Will I ever be a full time writer? Honestly, I don't know--but I can't wait to find out.
Do you have any 2017 goals yet? Let us know in the comments!
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