Happy New Year!
Don’t lose the discipline. Without the corporate job this will be a new kind of challenge. I thrive on routine, so I’m planning to stick to what’s been working for me: wake up at 5 am, practice yoga, do the writing.
Stick to my budget. Again, without the corporate job, I have to be more careful about where my dollars go. I’ll be taking on a bit of freelance work but the budget will still be tight. Time to pull out the Excel spreadsheets!
Stop being quiet. It has been an especially difficult holiday season, and I’m fed up. This year I’m going to be less afraid of dissonance. I’m determined to speak out more, to fight the instinct to hold in my rage and hurt in order to keep situations light and pleasant. Racism is STILL a huge problem. I experience microaggressions so often it’s ridiculous. From strangers, but also from friends. From family. From people who are well-intentioned, but who forget to check their privilege. In 2016, I will not let it go.
Finish a solid draft of AAJ. I have no idea what’s ahead for USLS, but assuming I’ll still be busy working on that, I hope to also have the time/energy to do some significant work on what I’m calling AAJ for now. This is my newest novel project, which I spent the last NaNoWriMo playing around with. I’m itching to sit down and unravel the story, see where the characters take me.
Be more dedicated to my yoga practice. I feel like this has been a resolution every year, and every year I have steadily built up better discipline and stronger focus. But I still want to do more. I can do more. And when I say “yoga practice” I’m referring to stuff beyond the physical asana work too. I want to do better, be better. Be kinder. More mindful. I want to make sure meditation and Sanskrit are part of my daily practice. I want to build up more patience — to deal with my injuries, to build even more strength and flexibility, but also to live life at the pace that’s given to me.
Read more books by marginalized authors and about marginalized characters. This has always been important to me but this year I want to be louder about it. I’m going to keep a log specifically to stay on top of the count of books I read by POC, queer and non-binary writers, disabled writers, and other marginalized people.
In a few days I’ll jump back into USLS revisions. My yoga teacher training will resume. It’s more of the same, but at the same time everything is different. I will no longer be heading into the office to sit in a cubicle and work on marketing for upcoming titles. I’ll be writing from a new desk in a new creative space. And I’ll be pushing forward with the support of a kickass agent and some amazing critique partners, which makes this whole pursuit feel a bit less lonely.
Here’s to 2016, and all that’s ahead.