Monday, August 24, 2009

What are my goals?

A long time ago, in a High School far, far, away, I had a dream.

I dreamt of being a full-time author, making my living holed away in a cabin perched atop a small mountain purchased with my mountains of cash that I received from selling my 19 bestsellers by the time I was in my 30's.

Well, life has a way of changing your perspective. Here I am IN my 30's, spent the last 12 years working in the IT industry supporting Windows servers. We live in an abnormally small house by today's standards, 4 kids in grade school, and the only time I see piles of cash around my house is when the kids spill the Monopoly game on the floor.

Today my dreams have changed. I dream of being able to afford my children's college. I hope that I'm putting away enough so that I can actually retire when I'm in my mid 60's, and not having to work well into my 70's like I do today.

But changing dreams can be a good thing. When I was 15 and had my first aspirations as an author I didn't have a full understanding of the world around me. As I gain wisdom in my few years I realize that life isn't all about being hid away from the world as a reclusive author. Rather I'd prefer to be abreast of the latest happenings on the internet, updating a blog, posting on Twitter and watching my fans grow on Facebook. Course I'm still not an author, but I am working on that.

As far as my goals for this site, they're pretty basic. I just want to update a couple times a week. I hope to keep a log of my frustrations, hits, misses, successes and thoughts about the path to becoming a published author. If it's entertaining for the reader, so much the better. I'd love to get some other authors or hopefuls to follow me and we can work on our goals together. Being social is the norm nowadays. I think it can truly help us grow and support each other in our endeavors.

As far at the goal for my book: I plan on being a published author. I realize that's rather vague, but I'm being realistic and not setting my sights on a bestseller, but I want to dip my foot in the water and come out unscathed.

As long as I can complete it, learn from my mistakes, and come out a better person I think it will be time well spent. If I can encourage or assist another would-be author along the way, so much the better.

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