Thursday, January 4, 2018

Happy New Year 2018: A Giveaway and Some Goals

© Sylvia Liu

Happy New Year 2018!  What are your creative goals this year? Mine are

1. DECLUTTER AND SIMPLIFY my house so that I can




2. FOCUS on my writing and illustrating. Specifically, I hope to finish my MG manuscript in the early part of the year, write/revise 2-3 PB manuscripts, and work on my portfolio.

I can already see the dilemma here, because (1) can be a great time suck of procrastination which could impede my progress in (2), but sometimes procrastination can actually be productive. We'll see.

So if you are in a productive procrastinate-y mood, here is a series of writing articles from one of my favorite authors, Hugh Howey, that gives a great overview of the entire writing journey. He provides great writing and drafting tips, as well as inspiration:

And a giveaway! To celebrate the new year, I'm giving away a signed copy of my picture book, A Morning with Grandpa. 

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20 comments:

  1. Great goals! I do like to get organized, and you are right. That can definitely lead to procrastination! Just this week I was looking at my RV (we are living in it, waiting to build) and needing to organize. But I have a HUGE deadline. I was reminded right then that even as far back as my college years, I could not study for huge tests or do projects until my room and desk were nicely tidy and organized. Avoidance? Procrastination? Oiling the gears? I think I'll go with oiling...Happy New Year!

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    1. Yes, I hear you! Good luck with all your organization/procrastination/preparation!

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  2. Aw, so cute! I'd love this book for my family.

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  3. I have posted my creative goals for 2018 on my blog for today's Poetry Friday. I too have a mss to finish. Why does it seem so hard and why does it depend so much on so many other things? Argh! This book is beautiful and needs to be in the hands of many, many kids. Wherever it goes....those kids are fortunate. Thank you for your generosity and encouragement!

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  4. I have similar goals minus the illustration, but definitely simplify and write!!

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  5. Love the image and the incentive to declutter as well. We'll see how that goes.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and good luck to both of us!

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  6. I do find myself cleaning or organizing in order not to put my behind in a chair and write. It’s quite a conundrum - I love writing, yet I’d rather do one of my least favorite things (cleaning and organizing) rather than write!

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  7. I've heard that when you declutter your surroundings, it declutters your mind. I am a die-hard thrower-outer, so there's no clutter here. ...I can't vouch for the mind, however!

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    1. I've read that being messy is a sign of a creative mind too. So I think there's justification for either!

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  8. Excellent goals Sylvia! I gutted and organized my office on New Years Day and it has paid off so far...I'm not losing projects that I am working on. Cheers to making 2018 work for us!

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  9. OMGosh!!! I won!!! This is fantastic news Sylvia. Thank you so much. :)

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  10. A truly great site here , and even better life goals, Sylvia!

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