Happy New Year, True Believers!
Well, here's to an amazing, healthy and happy new year. I actually chose the title of today's post pretty deliberately. It's a paraphrase of Eisenhower's order for D-Day. It always reminds me that the most incredible things can get started by something very simple, if one has the resolve to make these things happen.
So how amazing are you going to make this year? This is the only 2018 you get. How are you going to fill these 52 weeks? Will the world be a better place for your efforts and actions in the following 364 days after today? What will you do to make this time great?
These are the questions I've asked myself in the run up to the new year. As I said in yesterday's post I really don't make resolutions. I set goals, which are pretty non-specific. I do use these questions to guide myself. I think it's important that I remember to be a better person than I was the day before. It's essential that I'm good to the people I work with and live with, all that.
Creatively, I have two goals this year. To finish stuff and to self-publish. Those are the big ones. I still have a big backlog of ideas that I need to wrap up. They're good ideas and I really don't want to abandon them. That being said, I may not finish all of them.
Also, this year, I want to stay focused, but still be open to the new ideas that come from pretty much nowhere. Oleg Castillo was just a name in a writing doodle for months until things just clicked. My goal, however, needs to remain focused on finishing stories. This past year, it was too easy to get distracted, creatively speaking. I mean, I get why it happened. I was successful in landing a new job and executing the transition. The professional learning curve had to take priority. My own creativity was kept alive by the constant daydreaming and brainstorming.
This is, having a bunch of unfinished ideas was making me a little nuts. Hence the goal to finish things.
Self publishing? Well, I have to say, I think that's the way to go with my work. No hustling with publishers or agents. I've been lucky enough to connect with some people who've done it successfully and they've offered good encouragement to do it. It's remarkably easy and I think it might just work. I've got the work. I've got a budget. I've got an artist for the cover lined up. There's a good chance I could start something that's at least self-sustaining and gets my work out as a real product sooner rather than later.
So that's my big share for this New Year's Day. As always, I share with a purpose. I want you to use this information as inspiration. Seriously, you all know me. I'm a bonehead. If I can pull these stunts off, imagine what you can do. If you do one thing in 2018, give yourself permission to be amazing and create stuff.
Does that sound like a plan?
Okay. Let's go...
A man who loves to write.