Reflecting on the last year, there’s not much to show for it here on my blog, but that’s because it’s easy to see that 2019 was a year of transition, a year of change, a year of growth, and a season of sacrifice. All of it to bring me to this point where I recognize that all I want is to creatively produce and I don’t have to limit myself, but I do have to be disciplined about it.
2019 saw me writing more than I had since 2017, when Wilderness Rim first hit the streets. The second in the series, Tanner’s Landing, is with beta readers currently and will be out this spring — hopefully sooner rather than later, barring any cover art gremlins, which I plan to post about in due time.
And if you’ve been following me at least on social media, you are well aware that The Viking (my term of endearment for my husband) bought a blue-water sailboat, sold our house, and bought an RV, all in the span of 2019. We now live the life of constant travelers, albeit keeping the Cascade Foothills as our home of record. Those events, all done with a goal to live a life on our own terms had some major impacts on my creative output and helped fuel the fire that is my 2020 resolution to create, produce, and move forward with making art and more importantly making it a priority in my life.
At one point I used this blog to keep myself accountable. I hope to do that again this year.
Typing that sentence above, I recognize that I am setting myself up for a big fall if I don’t do what I set out to do. Yep, that’s the whole point. I can’t let others expectations or what the “experts” say I should and shouldn’t do interfere with MY creative process. I have to keep true to what I know works for me and just keep moving forward, no matter the speed — sometimes fast, sometimes slow. It’s the speed I need it to be. Blog posts may come slowly, they may come quickly. Edits may come easily, or they may come painfully. Publishing may come swiftly, or it may stall. Regardless, I’m going to keep focusing, refocusing, and keeping my inner radar on the prize that is just creating.
On Monday I said I’d do this blog post, and woo! Here we are. Not too shabby for someone trying to edit books, produce videos, paint, and exploring constantly. Now if I could just figure out how to get the dogs to make lunch so I could keep being creative.
What’s your creativity goal for 2020?