I actually got a lot done last week, but it wasn't all on what I had planned.
While working on my social media research project, I got inspired by some things mentioned in the book I was reading. One thing lead to another, and I ended up spending a couple of days designing logos and book covers. It's been a long time since I've hyperfixated on anything that hardcore, and I forgot how inspiring it could be to do so. I ended up with logos for my novel series, the name I'll publish under, and a series or imprint name, plus a full set of book covers for all the planned novels, novellas, and short stories I have currently planned, and a decent template for creating future covers.
It might seem like a waste of time since I'm not currently getting ready to publish, but I decided that 1) it was stuff I was going to have to do at some point anyway, and 2) motivation and focus are valuable commodities and shouldn't be ignored when one has you in its clutches.
I also worked on organization, although not as much as I would have wanted. In the end, the only thing that didn't see any progress was my goal to work on client dolls.
This week is going to be a little challenging. My horses have the chiropractor coming tomorrow, we have the plumber coming on Wednesday to figure out what's up with our toilet not draining, and we'll probably be going over to my in-laws' house Sunday for Christmas Eve.
With Christmas coming up so quickly, I don't think I'm going to push myself overly hard to get things done. With just two weeks remaining of the year, the holidays are likely to make everything difficult. Therefore I'm going to focus primarily on two things: organizing, and working on my novel.
My goal to keep working on my novel is primarily to avoid losing the habit. The organization project is a more important goal. At the start of this year, my goals for 2023 were to finish and publish my novel (oops) and to overhaul my home's organization, primarily to make my doll spaces more usable. Obviously I dropped the ball on my goals for my novel, but there's still time to get the organization to a place where I'm satisfied with my progress throughout the year. My husband is off from work next week, too, so I'm hoping we can get a lot done before it's time to set goals for 2024.
With that in mind, here are my goals for this week:
- Work on organization every day
- Work on Ruby Ransome every day
- Work on my research project every day
- Get started working on client dolls
They look pretty much like last week's goals, except that I'm now prioritizing the first two above all else. Finishing up my organization projects is the key to everything else, really, as that's how I make room to work on dolls, take photographs, film, etc. Even my office space would be more usable for writing and research if I finished my organizing projects. So realistically, that is my first priority above all else, even writing, right now.
And with any luck, I can get it all to a good point this week and next! We'll see how those 2024 goals are shaping up in a couple of weeks.