Goals! A New Year Approaches

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This is not a New Years resolutions post. I don’t generally do the resolutions thing, but I think it’s important to have goals all year round. I’ve been fiddling with blog post prompts lately, and one of the prompts that crops up the most often is a “goals” post. All in all, the post is meant to outline your goals and any steps you’ve put into place to complete them.

I feel like you all know me well enough to know that I’m an organizational nightmare. My goal-setting skills are trash.

I do have goals, though!

Naturally, I want to publish my sci fi work. I’m getting there. School and work in the last few years have kept my creativity and writing time to a minimum, but I’m slowly breaking away from that. My degree program will resume next summer and I’m currently freelancing exclusively! More time!

I don’t want to focus on that, though.

My ultimate goal is to open a writing retreat for writers of all skill levels, and make available a set of writing workshops that will help attendees develop the skills they need to make their writing what they want it to be! Ideally, this will be a fantastic source of networking and support for budding and experienced writers—something that I experienced during my formative years as a writer. We’re always growing, and I want to build a place to reflect and encourage that.

A fellow writer, Brooke D. Wheeler, and I have this super-plan to buy a barn in the middle of nowhere and make it our art-life. We’ll write and craft and live happily. It’ll be remarkable.

From a business perspective, though, I’d love to put together a bed-and-breakfast-style retreat for writers—artists, too, if they’d like! I don’t have steps in place to bring this into reality at the moment, but, when Jared and I settle down in a place that we intend to be a bit more permanent, I’ll be getting to work on that business plan. Should be about a year from now, if everything goes according to plan.

The Draws of the Writer’s Retreat

Since 2010, I’ve made it my passion and my mission to help other writers with their creative goals. The rewards of seeing someone’s name in print when you were able to be there for them during the dark times of that work is so rewarding. It’s knowing that you could help in someone else’s happiness and success.

Art is hard. It doesn’t matter what type of art it is. Writing, drawing, composing—they all come with unique challenges, and sometimes it’s near impossible to overcome them alone. The art may be solitary, but the act of developing your art doesn’t have to be. Now and then, a little social nudge of love and encouragement can make all the difference.

It’s sitting in a room with a few other people also struggling with their passion, and knowing that you’re not alone. It’s knowing that the person next to you, who you respect or whose art you admire, also has moments when they hate their work. It’s knowing it happens to all of us. It’s easier to love the work and push through the negative feelings when you have a support system.

The Business of a Writer’s Retreat

This is probably where I’m going to get hung up.

I need to buckle down on the technical and business-centered aspects of the writer’s retreat, and I’m not sure how. For this reason, it’s probably good that Jared isn’t looking for us to settle into a new place until next August. I need time to research, plan, and put together a concrete set of ideas, funding, and location possibilities. It will probably wind up being somewhere around New Smyrna Beach area. It’s nice and we’ll be close by!
At least for starters. ❤

Oh, guys, just talking about it is exciting me! Maybe I’ll get going on that business plan sooner than I expected!

Battle on!
Kit

What are your goals as a writer or artist? How do you view the business aspects of who you are?

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B is for Bathys #AtoZChallenge

I’ll bet you thought I was going to say “books,” didn’t you? Well, joke’s on you. Books are awesome. I love reading and writing and smelling them like a creep, but I feel like this lends a certain predictability to my life to be talking about them on the B-themed post. So, maybe I’ll be predictable for you next year.

For now, B is for Bathys.

Bathysmal: adjective – \bəˈthizməl\

: of or relating to the bottom of the deeper parts of the sea, especially those parts between 100 and 1000 fathoms deep 1

Today is about world building, at least to some degree. I’ve been working hard on Amity Dawn, trying to catch up and hash out the mess I made for myself in my previous outline. Sometimes it’s nice to escape the work-in-progress and make notes on other things. Bathys is just a place with no real substance, yet. I needed the break from the obsessing about Kadri and her crew, and fiddling with world building that doesn’t involve my current world seemed like the thing to do.

And, you know what I decided I needed? An underwater city that housed a semi-aquatic race of people. Those people have not entered the developmental stage, yet, though. It’s more the location. You’ve got your Greek allegory for hubris and a challenge of the power of the gods in Atlantis. Then there’s the cartoon version of Atlantis that seemed more… Aztec? I dunno. Milo was cool, though. I guess I just want to pull away from the “sunken city” aspect of ocean-dwelling people.

Remember, though, this is for fun. I may not even write about it. Bathys should be a cultural mix, I think. Maybe rooted in Greek culture, but overall, I feel like it should be a hub of awesome. Trade and art and understanding. I want Middle Eastern and Asian elements that are kind of draped through the Greek backdrop.

I’m not really discussing much, here. I just needed a sounding board. So, for now, B is for Bathys and I needed this post for my creative sanity.

What are you working on? Any extreme world building going on for the #AtoZChallenge or Camp NaNoWriMo?

 

 

 

  1. “Bathysmal | Definition of Bathysmal by Merriam-Webster,” Dictionary and Thesaurus | Merriam-Webster, accessed April 9, 2016, http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bathysmal.