Winning and Winding Down

I’m celebrating that I “won” NaNoWriMo – my third one, though not in a row. I did it!

At the same time, I’ve realized that December just isn’t the time for me to work on my writing or revising goals. Instead I’m taking some time for visioning and journaling, and getting ready for the new year. As part of that visioning, I’m making some plans for my writing and revising, as well as for my two businesses.

It feels good to acknowledge that what I need most this month is to go within and access my inner wisdom.

So, here’s my wrap-up for my Round 4 goals. See you in the new year!

2017 ROW 80 Round 4 Goals

Promote and sell my existing non-fiction. Get the Heart of the Goddessbook on Ingram (so bookstores and libraries can order it). Once that’s done, revise my promotion plan. Get more reviews. Look into hiring an agent or virtual assistant to help with ongoing book promotion. No progress here. The final sentence in this goal is going to be key for 2018. I’ve admitted to myself that I just don’t like promoting my books. This coming year, I’m going to use earnings from my businesses to pay someone to do it for me.

Revise Patterns in the Void and prepare it for publication. Make an updated revision plan, then implement it. After the revisions are complete, do a proof-reading edit. I still haven’t returned to my revisions since last spring/early summer. Making the revision plan is part of my visioning process, then I’ll begin to implement it in early 2018.

Write another novel. Decide which “book 2” I’ll be writing during NaNoWri Mo. Create an outline, including a series arc. Participate fully in NaNoWriMo and “win” the word count. Finish the draft. I “won” the NaNo word count. Now to flesh out my outline further, and finish the draft, starting in January.

Continue my craft, finance, & business learning. Participate in In Arms Coaching program. Read (at least) 3 books this quarter about writing craft, finance, and/or business. Participate in Personal Finance Consciousness Circle (PFCC). Finish reading and working through the Barbara Stanny finance book. All done except the Stanny book. This will continue as an ongoing goal. I love learning about these things, and seeing how it’s helping in my career!

Build community for Feline Dreamers and my book midwife biz.Create and promote videos, podcasts and online workshops. Get 3 new speaking/teaching engagements in front of existing audiences. Increase our subscriber lists with aligned people. Done and ongoing.

Focus on blogging. Post to my Starcat’s Corner blog at least once every other week, Feline Dreamers each month, and on this blog once per week. Write, edit, and submit monthly guest blog posts for Kind Over Matter. Submit another guest blog proposal to Mike Dooley’s site. Keep a running list of blog post ideas, drafts, and picture ideas. I’ve been neglecting my own blogs this past year. I have been doing guest blogging quite regularly. I’m keeping this goal and moving forward with it.

Fall Hometending. Clear off and de-clutter my desk and filing cabinets. Finish painting the stairwell and put up photos. Work on de-cluttering the basement. Did the desk and filing cabinets, which feels great. Need to implement the other things as well.

Enhance my physical health. Devote time to daily exercise, including but not limited to walking, yoga, dancing, hula-hooping, and swimming. Stop eating sugar. Restart my yoga practice. Eat less in general. I’m doing really well in this area, except for the yoga. I plan to continue, and to add more yoga back into my life as well.

Live my LUMINOUS spiritual daily life. Do things I love: write in my journal, read, do yoga, dance, walk, spend time with loved ones, and express my gratitude. Pay attention to my dreams and keep records of them. Set intentions before sleep and upon waking. Meditate and do my chakra clearing daily. Gather with my sisters on Full Moons. Doing these things, or most of them, and plan to continue.

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