Robert Lee Brewer, author, writer, editor at Writer's Digest, Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere, and blogger extraordinaire, has set forth a challenge for budding, and experienced, writers alike, this month, and I began this journey, here.
Day 2 is about "setting your goals. Include short-term goals and long-term goals. In fact, make a list of goals you can accomplish by the end of this year; then, make a list of goals you'd like to accomplish before you die."
I've actually thought about this a few months ago, for the first time, as I began reading The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron, and wrote down my thoughts...
This updates, and adds to, that mix of short term, and long term, goals...
I will complete the Build a Platform Challenge, and find out what it can do for me.
I will become healthier than I am, not just in my ankle, but the rest of my body, and lose 30 lbs in weight.
I will learn to cook more so as to eat healthier.
I will find ways to earn money through my creative writing talents.
I will get something published at an online, or print, venue.
I will write a book, or 10 and, if I have to, learn to self-publish ( Poetry, and Humor, Collections? Chapbooks, too? ).
I will turn I, MAXIMUS: A Cat Tale into a novel someday.
I will finally find a way to do more with the concepts behind my "Storyteller" Saga.
To edumicate myself I will buy the newest Writer's Market, and Poet's Market, to give me leads, ideas, and tips ( Learn about Freelancing? )
I will continue to attend, and perform at, more Open Mics ( What about a Comedy Club? )
I will keep writing poetry, and stories, and a variety of blogging, and amateur journalism, as I've always done, just better.
I will continue to grow and develop as a writer, and continue writing no matter what.
I will win awards for my writing, beyond just the simple recognition it has already received.
I will build a following for my Cat Blogging, and even for my non-cat blog.
I will find ways to grow in knowledge about Cats, and Feline related issues, starting with finishing reading all the books in the my Cat Book collection.
I will begin to reach out to, and network with, more of my fellow bloggers, and those related to the resource links in Meowsings sidebar, and find ways to possibly volunteer.
I will find ways to do more public speaking related to my writing, and blogging, interests.
I will make more, and better, You Tube Videos, and get a camcorder.
I will learn to do a Podcast.
I will go to Blog Paws Conventions, if not this summer (I have a ticket, but may not be able to use it, w/o a sponsor), then in the future.
I will find ways to use Google +, Facebook, LinkedIn, Blog Paws Community, and my blogs, to bring my dreams alive.
I will move from where I live to someplace cheaper, and better, preferably in connection with a new job, thus giving myself the chance to start fresh, & build a new life, and career, for myself, and meet new people, and make new friends.
I will build a more varied social life and, who knows, if I'm very lucky, my bloodline won't end with me.
I will take trips, as needed, in the search for work, and a new place to live.
I will build a new career, taking retraining if needed to do so.
As soon as possible I will no longer live on Govt. Assistance in order to survive.
I will become more financially secure, and be able to afford a small home of my own, with plenty of space for the Cats.
I will learn more about, and keep tabs on, my 401K.
I will become more spiritually in tune with myself, God, and the world I live in, even finding a church to get attend again.
I will someday buy a fancy, roomy, new desk.
I will someday upgrade to a new computer.
I will get more bookshelves, and continue building my book collections.
I will accomplish my first 100 mile bike ride.
I will continue to walk, and hike, for fun, and exercise.
I will continue to read poetry, and study poetry forms, and try my hand at writing them.
I will continue to learn from Writing Prompts.
I will continue to read every day.
I will be thankful for something every day.
I will live to 110...and a half.
I will not be afraid of what the future may hold.
I will continue to have faith in myself as a person, and a writer.
Next up = Building a Platform" Challenge - Day 3