January Ruminations

Reflections on the month of January. // dreams-etc.com

January was an eventful month. We said goodbye to my sister’s dog Wolf and I was focused on Little One’s recovery from an injury. My mind was also on a couple of projects from work, but I still unplugged more than I did most of last year. A friend and I started making some plans for the year–creative endeavors and things we want to do.

Through it all, I didn’t get any work done on my own creative projects. And that’s okay.

I decided that January would be a month for me to think through my writing projects. I wanted a list of projects that I’d like to work on and I wanted to write down some of the details related to each of these that have been on my mind. I haven’t done that yet, although it’s still on my to-do list. (Saturday, I’m looking at you!) But I’ve been in the fiction writing mentality more this month than I have been for awhile and I’ve been letting my mind do its thing. I’ve been so focused on being in control and directing all of my fiction writing-related thoughts for quite some time and it wasn’t working. I need serendipity in my writing life and in trying to have so much control I was cutting that out.

I’ve also been listening to a podcast of interviews with YA authors throughout the entire month. It has been so inspiring and motivating to listen to some authors that I really like talk about their life/writing (along with some authors whose books I haven’t read).

As I’ve been listening to the advice these authors have given and as I’ve relinquished the control I’ve been holding onto, one novel idea has been coming to mind. I’ve been thinking through some of the scenes that I’ve had in mind and getting to know the characters again, so that’s the one I’ll be working on starting… now! (My mom was happy when I told her… she’s been telling me to finish this one for awhile.) I’m really excited to get back into this story!

Hopefully February will be another month of learning to let go of that control as I work on this novel.

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    January 29, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Hope it gets better for rest of the year.

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    January 29, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    January has been a crazy, crazy start to a new year. I am trying to turn it around now.

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    January 29, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    I hope to hear that things pick up soon–and I love that you are revising old characters in books you’ve put aside for a while. Sometimes that needs to be done–sheds new perspective when we get together with them again 🙂 And also I would love to check out some of those podcasts. I keep meaning to listen to more.

    Pictures of wolf <3 <3 <3

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    January 29, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Chelsea’s posts at The Girl Who Loved to Write are always so good! Thanks for sharing your favorites this month! 🙂

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    January 29, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Crystal – just thinking of you as we are on vacation with friends who have a Cavalier and I had to bring up pictures of yours of course! Theirs is brown and white and short ears. Name is Charlie. Should we even get a house dog I think we need to check these out. Your February is going to be fantastic!

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    January 29, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Awww – sending you big love and best wishes for February! P/S Love this round up idea for the month … I may have to start doing this myself. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    January 29, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Looking forward to hearing more about your writing ambitions and I hope your February is awesome!

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    Flight & Scarlet
    January 30, 2016 at 1:06 am

    I can’t relate to the whole trying to control thing! I wonder if it’s just acceptable that life is simply chaos that we pretend to control. I don’t know how January has come to end so quickly! I had intended to have so much me time this month, and instead, this is my first forced me-time weekend — I’m declining everything, and still feel stretched too thin. Thanks for the relatable post.

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    January 30, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    January has not been the month I thought it wold be, here;s looking forward to a better year ahead!

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    Amy Jones
    February 1, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    I hope the upcomming months bring you more joy. chin up, work hard and hope for the best!

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    Charlotte | The Midnight Blog
    February 2, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Wishing you all the best for february, Crystal! x

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