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Kara Lee ([personal profile] sputnikhearts) wrote2016-12-25 02:09 pm

The Annual Navelgazing Post, 2016 Edition

I don't believe in New Year's Resolutions for their own sake. But the convergence of history and religion, at least in the U.S. where I live, has resulted in a nice string of vacation days leading up to the otherwise arbitrary event. And so around every New Year I an given a break from work, resulting in enough time to breathe and take stock of my life.

Usually this results in a few days of wallowing in all my failures of the year, followed by a few days of vowing to do better and scrambling to put systems in place to do so. This year was no exception, and my brain fixated on my fiction writing, which I didn't work on as much as I would have liked in 2016.

The reasons aren't all bad. Some of it was failure and procrastination and laziness. But I also burned the candle at both ends successfully developing my career in writing non-fiction. That job keeps my family fed and sheltered and warm, and I'm also pretty fond of it for its own sake. So I'm happy and proud of what I've accomplished in that arena.

Still, we all only have so many Action Points in a day. If nothing else, 2016 taught me to honor my limits. And I had to admit that I simply didn't have the resources to spend as much time grinding at my fiction tech tree*. And that was okay. Everything builds on everything else, and what I did accomplish is not a waste. It's only a waste if I forget what it's all pointing towards.

So in 2017, my goal is to rekindle that love, commit to finishing more stories whether or not I submit them for publication, and in general rebuild the foundation (of love, and squee, and passions both dark and light) that drive me to tell stories.

*If it wasn't already obvious, I view life as a mostly frustrating RPG.
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[personal profile] illariy 2016-12-25 11:45 pm (UTC)(link)
Cool goals! I wish you much success in all endeavours and the best of health and happiness for 2017! :D
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[personal profile] qian 2016-12-31 05:09 am (UTC)(link)
But I also burned the candle at both ends successfully developing my career in writing non-fiction. That job keeps my family fed and sheltered and warm, and I'm also pretty fond of it for its own sake.

That's a huge achievement!

I have similar feelings about my year-in-writing in 2016, but I think "honour your limits" is an indispensable lesson to learn, and no time spent living or writing is wasted. I hope 2017 has more of what you want. Happy New Year!