Right now I’m in a place where I’m looking forward, and I’m trying to stay grounded in the present moment. I like being a planner, but sometimes we need to focus on what is rather than what might be. That means getting a few of my many WIPs ready for publication, whether that’s self-published or traditionally, and really focusing on building my author platform—something I still struggle with as an introvert.

But focusing on today. That means doing yoga or meditating today, not saying I’ll do it tomorrow. That means getting words on the page today, not thinking about the next manuscript. Overall, I’m trying to balance living in the moment with planning for the future. Like my stories, it’s a work in progress.

ROW80 check-in:

Writing: Wrote 2,144 words in The Broken Mirror, a retelling of Snow White. I’m debating whether I should plot/outline this one or if I should just pants it. Currently, pantsing it. We’ll see if that works.

Reading: Started reading Once Upon A Time: Red’s Untold Tale by Wendy Toliver. I’m only a couple chapters in, but I’m loving it. That might be because Little Red Riding Hood is one of my favorite fairy tales, or because the book is sort of a prequel to Red’s story on the show Once Upon A Time. So far it’s shaping up to be a sweet and fun young-adult novel.

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How are your goals, writing or otherwise, coming along? Are you a pantser or a plotter? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? If so, are you off to a strong start or still feeling out your story?

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