Day 370: Resolute

Day 370: Resolute

I had a good work day today. Not great, but good. It was a good first step from yesterday, that’s for sure 😛

I’m consistently reminded by this blog of how much I define myself in terms of my work. It’s most often what I go to bed thinking about. And, it’s not anything new, guys. I was like this even when I was a pre-teen thinking about all the stories that I wanted to write or act out. The stuff in the forest I was going to build, or the books I was going to read.

I’ve never in my life been without some sort of project. Multiple projects, in fact. And, I’ve always received the highest highs by finishing something that I’ve worked hard at. All this editing work and the writing is simply a grown-up extension of that. I came hard-wired this way.

I feel much more even-keeled today. I was able to focus. It fell apart slightly towards the end, but I actually blame the time change for that. I hit a wall at around 9pm and I couldn’t quite recover. I lost about two hours or so of work. Not the end of the world. I’ll aim to fix that tomorrow, however.

What I *did* find today was resolution. I’m just quite simply going to work my ass off for the next 10 days or so, the goal being 20 minutes each of those days, all other distractions be damned. I *can* do that. It’s simply a matter of setting boundaries and sticking to them.

It’s not going to be easy, guys. For reals. But I can do it, and put a huge dent in this work hole I currently find myself in. I just want to cross the finish line at the end of the year, before we head up north for the holidays…be sitting here in bed that night being able to say that I got everything done that I wanted to. And, I *can*. It is possible.

A big key is going to be having my writing done first thing every day. 3 pages on the novel, and then a couple hours each “off” day on the pilot script. The ideas are starting to flow even on that front, and I know what I need to do. It needs to be pared back even further. Less plot. More character and world building. Actually…less plot is misleading. I’m actually ADDING plot. Creating MORE story by slowing things down ever so slightly. Anyway. It will be more fun this way. I hope.

I’m also super convinced right now that my next pilot still needs to be my 1930s paranormal/top secret show, even though Agent Carter is about to come out. I’d originally wanted to have a draft of that written before Christmas. I don’t think that’s going to happen, so instead, I can set a goal of sketching an outline, and come New Years, I’ll write that shiz. I also still have a short story to write…so much to do, so little time.

I think that’s it for tonight. All work and no play. That’s my life right now, and I deserve to have it that way. I have lofty goals, and I want to reach them.

I also love my wife and my two dogs. Just needed to add that in today as well. I got to spend my working hours today with all three of them in the house, and that was really, really nice. It helped me find myself again. Mwah!