A Reading Challenge

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Lately, I’ve been busier than usual. A few months ago I made the decision to go back to school. My current “career” has turned into nothing more than a dead-end job. Earning a living as a novelist is my dream, but realistically that doesn’t happen overnight, and most writers do have day jobs. Since my day job currently sucks, a change needed to happen and going back to school was the only answer. And even though this is a good thing, it has cut into my creative time.

Writing is on the back burner for the time being, and my grand plan to make a dent in my To Be Read pile has come to a screeching halt. I haven’t read too may books so far this year, and with under six months left in 2016, I wonder if all hope is lost with my reading goals. Maybe. Maybe not.

I think this might call for a challenge. It’ll serve as motivation to cross some books off my ever-growing To Be Read pile. Twelve books from now until the end of the year sounds like a good number. Enough to where I’ll need to put forth some effort, but still an achievable goal.

The following list is my 2016 To Be Read Challenge:

1. The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory
2. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
3. Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner
4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
5. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
6. The Beach House by Georgia Bockoven
7. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
8. True Colors by Kristin Hannah
9. The Sparrow Sisters by Ellen Herrick
10. Whisper Beach by Shelley Noble
11. The Four Seasons by Mary Alice Monroe
12. Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand

For the rest of the year I will be working my way through this list of books. Feel free to join in and read these along with me or create your own rest-of-2016 reading challenge.



Making Sacrifices to Reach Goals

In order to reach a goal, any goal, sacrifices need to be made. For example, if you want to lose weight, you need to eat less food and exercise. You might need to give up certain foods, and you’ll also need to carve out time for your exercise regimen.

In the grand scheme of things, giving up certain behaviors and activities in your life is just an inevitable part of the goal-reaching process. Once we fully grasp and understand that concept, the easier it will be to achieve those goals.

With writing, the more you do it the better you become – at least in theory. My goal is to become a published author, and in order to achieve that goal I need to make some of my own sacrifices. One of which is bowing out of a reading challenge that I signed up for at the beginning of the year. I need to devote more of my spare time to writing, which means less time spent on reading. I signed up for a few challenges but decided one will be enough.

I’ve also set a specific writing schedule for certain days of the week and decided to treat my writing as a part-time job. By doing this, I’m more apt to stick with it rather than blow it off to watch the Real Housewives, play computer games or chat on the phone.

Paring down my reading challenges and spending less time watching mindless bullshit on television are just a couple of sacrifices that I’ve made while working on my writing goals.

Now, how about you? What kind of sacrifices have you made in order to achieve past or present goals?

New Year, New Blog

With each new year comes change, and I decided that a little change was in order for this blog. Over the weekend I spruced up the site, changed the appearance, and updated my about page.

The overall theme of this blog will also be undergoing a change. The focus before was on reading, writing, knitting and crafting. I’ve decided to nix the knitting and crafting aspect. The truth is, I just don’t have time for those activities right now.

Many writers wait until they’ve written a book and then start a blog in an effort to promote their book, gain readers and build up their platform. I’ve decided to go the route of blogging about the process as a writer starting from scratch. So, for the most part, this blog will solely be about reading fiction and writing fiction.

My goal is to pursue a writing career and become a published author. Staying focused is the only way I will achieve that goal, and enacting a little bit of change is a step in the right direction.