I figured it was time for a Word of the Year check-in. And then I realized I couldn’t remember my Word of the Year. Oi. That tells you right off the bat I haven’t been thinking about it much, doesn’t it?
On the plus side, even though I haven’t been thinking of the word itself, the intention has been there. I’ve been working on getting better focus into my writing. I’ve identified a few key things I want to learn and improve on this year (like really short picture books that pack a punch). And I’ve tried to be even better about saying no to things. I can’t get through my essential to-do list every day, which includes lots of stuff on the business side of trying to earn a living through writing, as well as my heart-driven writing projects.
And for family, we’ve got one daughter getting married, another daughter traveling in Europe and Asia on social justice missions, and trying to sell our house and move. Honestly, those three are the essential things for me. My two writing goals (write my heart-driven books and earn a living from my writing) are essential. So much else has to go.
Even though I’ve still been blogging most days, that might change. When writer friends send me fun challenges, I usually don’t have time to take part. When I’m asked to volunteer for something, I almost always say no (Children’s Literature Assembly is my volunteer commitment the past several years). These are fun things, sometimes important things, but are they essential things? Not for me, not right now. So, I’ve been making hard choices and focusing on what’s essential. I hope to get even better at it in the next few months.
How are YOU doing on your word of the year?