March was full of triumphs and struggles for me. After reviewing this month and reflecting on everything that was accomplished, I realize how important it is to celebrate everything that was achieved. So despite that fact that I did not achieve some of the goals that I had set for myself this month, I also learned some very valuable lessons.
The first is that I have a chronic case of burn out. You see, I have this nasty and very unhealthy tendency to create these highly massive and rather unattainable goals. However, it doesn’t stop there. Whilst rushing to not only achieve those goals, I also have this intense desire to demolish them and out-perform them. This then just results in me wearing myself too thin and ultimately, I burn out. I don’t know if many people struggle with this problem, but it’s been something that I have battled with for pretty much my whole life. Sadly, I’m very much a perfectionist. If I create a perfect plan, I hold myself to its perfect execution and that’s just not reasonable or realistic. Lesson learned: make realistic goals and don’t beat myself up if I don’t hit them, it’s okay, it’s not the end of the world and I WILL live if I don’t do all the things. >.<
The second thing I learned is the importance of taking a break when I need one when it comes to my writing. However, the more important lesson learned was giving my work a break when it needs it. I realized that these are two entirely different things. I was burned out, but so was my work. My solution? Put it on hold. I told myself I’d come back to it at some undeterminable time, with the promise that it would be soon (no more than two weeks) and effectively gave myself a no-pressure break from Dreamweaver. The result was new inspiration for a budding WIP that I’m really excited for. What I find funny is that the moment I let go of the pressure I put on myself, new inspiration and creative ideas started flowing once more.
As a result, this newfound obsession, I mean writing project, has not only restored my love for wanting to write again, but it has also restored my passion for Dreamweaver, my desire to write for the blog and has reinvigorated me with a more positive perspective as I look ahead and make plans for April. Lesson Learned: take and give breaks, they are good things.
If you’d like to check out the new WIP, hop on over to my Pinterest board and check it out in its early stages! Set in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, we follow Johnathan Isaac, his eclectic crew of friends and the not-so-secret secrets everybody already knows.
March In Review
I read some really amazing books this month!
I totally am slaying my Spring TBR and am getting nervous that at the clip I’m going the library isn’t going to be able to keep up with me. None of my holds have come through yet and I’m getting a little nail-bitingly nervous!
I also ran across three books that I just couldn’t get through, as unfortunate as that was for me. For one, I simply couldn’t connect to the main character. Sad times. For another, I was interested in the story but the pacing was just incredibly slow and I found myself wanting to fall asleep while reading it. Does that necessarily make it a bad book? No, I don’t think so. However, it does mean that it isn’t a book for me. The next DNF I was highly anticipating and it just really did not capture me. It felt like a whole lot of stuff was happening which led to a whole lot of nothing. So I moved on to bigger and better things.
- A Thousand Pieces of You (review forthcoming)
- The Love that Split the World (review forthcoming)
- A Court of Thorns and Roses (DNF’ed)
- Jane Steele (DNF’ed)
- The Winner’s Curse (review forthcoming)
- The Year We Fell Apart (review forthcoming)
- Glass Sword (DNF’ed)
- Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda (currently reading and LOVING IT!!!)
I finally reviewed a book! However, now I’m behind once more with all the books I read this month and choose not to review right away. Opps!
I also shamelessly flaunted the adorableness of my children because let’s be honest here, they’re ridiculously cute. I am also still drooling over my Spring TBR, because I’m obnoxious like that, and I shared some music that inspires me while I write Dreamweaver! Check it out!
Last but not least, I hit another personal record for monthly page views! So all in all, March was a fairly decent blogging month.
- Anticipated Books & New Releases // March 7 – March 13
- February Review: On Books, Writing and Life
- March Library Haul // Magic Happens When Tiny Monsters Photobomb Your Bookstagram
- “Ignite Me” // An Epic Rollercoaster of Feels
- My Spring 2016 TBR // Glorious, Enviable, Full of Epicness (You’ll Want to Steal it!)
- Behind the Pages: Dreamweaver Love Playlist
A lot of writing happened in March. Not so much in the blogging department; however, book writing really made some leaps this month!
- Finished draft 15 of Dreamweaver! Whoo hoo.
- Received feedback on draft 15 from 1 critique partner and 2 beta readers.
- Turned feedback from draft 15 into draft 16, which included a new beginning that I feel very proud of and get super excited about each time I re-read.
- Started work on draft 17 of Dreamweaver, which has a heavy focus on world building and filtering out lazy writing. Because I am a lazy toad sometimes.
- Snagged myself 5 new beta readers, all amazing book bloggers who I’ve admired for ages and I’m just so honored to have them.
- Had an 8-hour writing day. It was exhausting. It was glorious. It made every piece of my body ache the next day. >.<
- The kiddos took off to my parents house for two weeks for their own impromptu “Spring Break”. Giving me time to organize things at home!
- Easter came and egg hunting happened and it was glorious and amazing and just full of adorableness!
There are a lot of books I’d like to read in April, but I know I won’t get to them all. Either way, I like to have options.
- Vampire Academy
- Carry On
- The Winner’s Crime
- Golden Son
- Rebel of the Sands
- The Great American Whatever
- Dreamology (Release Day 12-April-16)
- The Raven King (Release Day 26-Apr-16)
- Edit Chapters 21-41 of Dreamweaver
- Write 20,000 of new WIP, current working title “The Not-So-Secret Secrets of Johnathan Isaac”
- Write and post 8 blog articles
- Focus on progress
- Keep a positive perspective
- Go back to the Bullet Journal Basics
- Grant forgiveness on unachieved goals
- Be kind to self
- Be confident, be happy, be you