Natasha Raulerson

2016: A Year Of Hopes, Goals, and Working My Ass Off

Happy 2016, everyone! I hope you rang in the New Year with much merriment and happiness! I thought I’d add in a little Jensen to make it just that much  better. Because Supernatural. That is all.

If you haven’t noticed by now, I might have an addiction problem when it comes to that show.

Yup, I got off topic! Already. Maybe 2016 should be the year in which I focus.

Seriously, sometimes I’m like Doug from UP. Oooh! Squirrel!

First off, I want to say how grateful I am for all the awesome things that happened in 2015.

I got an awesome agent, went to my first writing conference, met so many wonderful authors, agents, and industry professionals. I was also asked to participate in so many wonderful writing contests that help writers, including Query Kombat, New Agent, and Pitch Wars. Man. Those were all such awesome experiences. It’s a great feeling to give back to the writing community and hopefully help someone take their work to the next level.

My personal life was pretty good too. Got re-engaged to by the awesome Man-Thing while on vacation in the Keys. Got to have some fun at Fantasy Fest, see Hemingways Home.

All in all, I gotta say, 2015 was pretty amazing for me.

Now 2016 is here and it’s going to be even better!

So what are my goals and resolutions? Funny you should ask. Oh, wait? You didn’t. I’m gonna tell you anyway. 

1.) Be kinder to people. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think I’m some uber raging bitch. I have a temper like everyone else, I get mad like everyone else, but the common courtesy of the world has dwindled and I find myself getting really frustrated because of it. Talking on cell phones while checking out at a register, which slows up the whole line, cutting people off in three lanes because you went the wrong way and apparently it’s easier to do that than go down and make a U-turn. Etc and so on. Maybe, just maybe if I’m kinder to people by nodding and smiling, saying hello, helping to carry or a bag, etc that kindness will pass on and maybe the world around me will be a little less douchey. Seriously though, people who use their cell-phones at the movie theaters and attempt to ruin my Star Wars experience, yeah those people I’m not going to be nice to. There’s a special place in a special hell for people like that.

2.) Be more organized. Winging it is no longer allowed in my life. The Man-Thing has a saying called The 7 P’s:  Proper, prior, planning prevents piss, pour, performance. In other words, if you make a plan ahead of time, you’re more likely to succeed. Boy, oh boy I would never have admitted he was right, but life is busy now. School, family time, writing, etc. Winging it just doesn’t work anymore. It’s always been fun, but I’ve learned that my 30k writing curse is because I don’t storyboard. If I storyboard first, I get a better idea of where I want things to go. For this, I have ordered an Erin Condren Life Planner that will hopefully help me be better with The 7 P’s–and not distract me with all the pretty.

3.) Be more confident. Last year I had a thing about telling people that yes, I’m an author, and yes I have an agent. I almost felt like it was bragging and I never want to become an elitist who’s nose is so far up in the air that I think my shit don’t stink. Ever. Seriously, if you see me doing this, slap me. I give full on permission right now. However, there were people that I talked to on a regular basis who had no idea that I’d made such a huge step in my career. I maybe felt like it was a fluke, like the world would see me as a fraud or something. I don’t know. I am an author. I’ve worked my ass off to get here. I’ve realized it’s okay to tell people I am an author, and I have an agent, and my first book is on submission. It’s okay to hand out my cards without being sheepish and promote myself to build a better platform. That’s not bragging. It’s networking and confidence. Time to believe in myself a little more. 2016 is the year to do it.

4.) Writing Stuff.  I finished the rough draft of a new romantic suspense series. I need to edit that, write the other two books in the series, and I’ve got some new ideas poking around up in my brain. So deadlines are my friend. I have to make sure to follow The 7P’s to hit my word count by deadline. Same thing with edits. I’m uber excited to share these new ideas with you guys when the time comes!

I’m trying to find a blogging schedule that works for me. Most days, I feel like it’s just that I don’t particularly know what to blog about. My life isn’t that interesting, y’know? Of course I’m always willing to do cover reveals and blog tours, so there’s never a short supply of that. Right now, I’m going to try and go for a twice monthly update of the blog. We’ll see how that’s going by next month.

5.) Graduate with my Bachelors. If all goes well this will happen in Fall, but it depends on if I hit the marks on all my classes. We’ll see. I have a tendency of thinking I fulfilled all my requirements and realize that I in fact, did not. It will either be Fall 2016 or at the latest Spring 2017.

Over all, I really just wanna be a better person than I was last year. Wiser, healthier, kinder, confident, successful, creative, etc.  A better writer.

I’m an Author In Progress.

Welcome to 2016!

What resolutions do you guys have?

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