Monday 2 November 2015

November goals

How was your Halloween? I hope you had a fabulous time! We didn't dress up, but went to a banquet of the pigeon club my husband belongs to. Yes, we lead a glamorous life.
Valuable bits of information I learnt during that dinner: That there is a shot called Rocky Mountain Bear Fucker (who knew?), that some women regard themselves as "pigeon widows" (like golf widows, just exchange pigeon for golf), and that people in their sixties can party like 20-year olds. It was a ton of fun!

It is that time of the month again (no, not that one, the other one) where we check how many goals we crossed off the list. Let's look at my October goals:

Study for my Canadian citizenship test.
I did, I wrote it, and I passed. That was the good news. The whole story why I'm still not a Canadian can be found here and here

Finish CT assignments. Done! 

Omg, guess what?? I'm getting there. Two days ago I was elated, felt on top of the world, thrilled with my book and my words. Today I'm sitting here, full of doubt and this vague, yet persistent fear gnawing at the pit of my stomach. According to my writing group (you are welcome to join us!), this is completely normal: 
“If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), "Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?" chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death. (Steven Pressfield, The War of Art)
I got the "scared to death" part down, I guess that's good? 

I'm still not completely finished, but I think in another two weeks or so I will be. Currently I'm at 21,604 words, and I anticipate that the finished book will be around 25,000. 

I have a title: How to be YOU
And a (temporary?) cover:
It's about figuring out who you are, about claiming your place in the world and being unapologetically yourself. It's not only okay to be different from the people around you, it's fantastic! 
I'm sharing personal stories about how I learnt to love my body after years of self-loathing, how I deal with my depression, about accepting the difficult fact that we can't change other people, and how listening to my heart was the best decision I ever made.  

November goals:

Finish my book and find a publisher and/or research self-publishing. 
I have an idea about the publishing part, and I will share more next month. 

Participate in Liz's gatherings photo-a-day challenge. 
Liz is a new blog friend whom I adore. She is a wonderful writer and photographer, and put together this relaxing and beautiful playlist for every day of the month. Her idea is to listen to the song of the day, and take a photo that goes with it. 
Tag it with #mymonthofgatherings on Facebook or Instagram to share with other participants. 

I have sorely neglected photography this year, and love the idea of a challenge to get back into it.

Yesterday's photo (to this song)
Write my CT exam.
Oh yeah, I'm still doing this course. With everything else that went on last month it took a back seat on my list of priorities. Well, I have to focus this month if I want to pass it, so I'll have to put some studying on #thelist. 

I'm linking up again with the lovely ladies MariahEstherLindsay and Shannon to #clearthelist. 

Clear The List

What are your goals this month?


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