The title is my spin on a parody from a song on The Simpson’s. I’ve watched a lot of Simpson’s in my life. Doctor Overzealous has paid me a house call several times within this year. January is long gone. Taking with it, the cold, my birthday, appetizers and champagne. In this scorching seventh month, I need to reflect on the goals I’ve set.
Many of the plans on my list I’ve accomplished so far. The execution is where the overzealousness comes in (more on that in a minute). So far I’m proud of this growing list.
- Begin a blog? Check.
- Become more involved in social media? Check.
- Start the professional path to become an author? Check.
- Complete my second and third novel? Eh … uncheck? Ok, check – in pencil.
What I forgot to write down and check, was the unwritten rule, thou must not become overzealous. Oh and then, check!
The term overzealous is loosely defined as being too excited in attitude or behavior.
In my defense, I can’t help myself. I am excited. I’m becoming an author. A real-life, living, breathing, write – books – and – talk – to – my – editor, author. So the goals I set for myself, related to the biz of becoming an author, excited me so much, I wanted to accomplish them now, now, now!
I started blogging in January, only to realize the original site had no focus or a real reflection of who I am. Soon after, I was overwhelmed and the site fell flat. I took a step back, and realized taking a step in rewind to think and take a slower step forward, didn’t make me a failure. I had a fear of prolonging my dreams and never getting a chance to accomplish them. Hey, it’s happened on occasions before.
The additions to the list going forward for the rest of 2016 are:
- Make a schedule and STICK TO IT.
- Format books for publishing.
- Cultivate more relationships with people in the business.
- REMEMBER TO ENJOY THE PROCESS & HAVE FREAKING FUN!
What I didn’t realize was that my original list was happening, it is happening!
I really (really) want to be the hare in this race to success, but unfortunately, the path to sustaining that success is built by the tortoise. That’s okay, I have tortoise shell eyeglasses, we’ll be glam and match.
Soif D’Ecrir (Thirst To Write)