by Laura Michelle Thomas, Senior Editor jaBlog!
In my hometown of Delta, British Columbia, 2015 has started with a dark, chilly atmosphere both inside and outside. Outside it’s pouring rain and so cold it’s almost sleeting. And though it’s only early afternoon we already have the outdoor Christmas lights on. Inside, I have a pot roast going for dinner and the Christmas tree lights are on. And though it’s actually quite warm and comfortable inside, there is a chilly, darkness here too, in me. I’m nervous…afraid, really, of what 2015 has in store.
I think 2014––despite the highs of publishing my second novel, The Naked Storyteller, hosting our first Junior Authors Conference outside Canada, publishing 196 posts on jaBlog! and launching the LTC Insider Plus+ membership––was a hard year. Our family faced some terrible trials which deeply impacted my ability to find my creative zone during the last few months of the year. Now with some big creative goals set for 2015, I’m kind of freaking out. What if I don’t accomplish any of them? What if our family problems continue and I run out of time for my projects?
C’est la vie! Say it with me: “C’est la vie!” That’s life, and it’s true. Good, bad or ugly, life is meant to be lived fully, even if that means a dark deluge of problems is cutting away at your time for writing projects.
The best we can do is start the year with goals and some writing systems in place for meeting them. I have already made some adjustments to my writing system so that I’ll be less likely to be distracted from my creative work when/if I have to deal with difficult family situations in the coming months. One thing I’m doing is getting very protective of my working hours. I’m not going to let anyone rob me of time unnecessarily this year. Unless a problem is an emergency, it can wait until my allotted creative time is completed for that day.
As I look over the writing goals that many of our followers have submitted, I can see that many of you have big dreams for 2015, too. I trust that we will get there together despite whatever foul weather lay ahead.
I hope that one of your goals for 2015 will be to write for jaBlog! I also hope you enjoy our offerings this month. We have a short story based on our prompt of the month, “ball,” and two scripts based on our drama prompt, “the beginning.” Enjoy those pieces of fiction and everything in between.
Let’s write on (no matter what the conditions) in 2015!
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