It has been a contemplative beginning to the week, which I will further explain below in the goals. Although I am feeling somewhat overcome by everything on my plate, I have made baby steps in getting organized. Fueled by a need to find my son’s immunization records for college, I decided to attack the garage. In somewhat of a hoarder’s Christmas, I found most of the files I had so carefully set up many moons ago. I set up the rolling file and can see being able to find important documents in the near future. It makes my librarian heart glad.
Writing: I decided to change direction after taking the class last Saturday. I have been wanting to write about a particular character for a long time–shockingly since the summer of 1985, without ever thinking it would work. I wrote a very short flash fiction about this character last year, and got some good criticism from the few people who commented on it. Once I got a tiny bit of encouragement, I started thinking about the character more, at odd moments and in dreams. I kept working on other stories, because I was still quite unsure that I had enough to make it work. Now I’ve gotten more encouragement, and have been putting a lot of thought into it. I’m teetering on the edge of the high-dive, scared of failing, scared of succeeding, but more than anything wanting to try.
Community: I’m not progressing as I would like on this front. I am keeping up with my sponsor duties, but I have not been very active with my on-line or real-life friends. I’m in cave mode, which I want to change. In the Myers-Briggs continuum, I am on the cusp of Introvert and Extrovert. I need both alone time and social time. I find it hard to find the correct balance. I loved Jess Witkins’ sponsor post for expressing that need for alone time so well.
Health/Exercise: It is far too easy for me to cut corners here. I have an extremely sedentary day job; the last thing I need is to sit at a computer the rest of the time. That is the extrovert side of me, which needs to be out among people, finding the connections that are so vital to making the characters feel alive and real. I hope that the need to get out of the house will help me get some walking done.
Personal: I have also decided that finding a balance among all the responsibilities, needs, and desires I have is the most important goal for the rest of the Round. I am very busy, but there are so many other busy people on the ROW, I hope to learn some strategies from them.
Please encourage some ROWers who can be found here.