I AM going to tell you a story, sort of.
So by nature I'm a pretty happy go lucky lark morning person short term planner. A grasshopper in the Aesop's Fable. I freel admit I do a lot of magical thinking about stuff, rather than hard planning. I never used to worry about it too much because my high school sweetie was a very long term planning guy and night owl.
Then he was killed in a bicycle accident. I had two children ages 3 and 5. No, I didn't turn into a long range planner but I knew certain things had to happen and they did. I made sure of that. Of course other things also happened but you adapt.
Then one morning at breakfast on a business trip, I choked on a morsel of food and came within seconds of brain death. My life was only saved because the co-worker who I taught to perform the Heimlich Maneuver on me via gestures as I was passing out, continued to repeat the Maneuver fourteen more times before the food dislodged enough for me to resume breathing. So I did a lot of deep thinking and soul searching afterward because if my husband's death hadn't been compelling enough to show that we can all leave this Earth at literally any moment, now it had nearly happened to me.
But you can't just stop making plans. Especially not if you have a family depending on you, and bills to pay and etc. So I continued to muddle through with my version of planning...
Eventually the family moved out to pursue their own plans and I started hopefully working toward a kind of vague plan to get published, write lots of books and maybe someday give up the day job and become a fulltime writer.
OK, so now that plan has come to fruition. Now my plan is to write lots of good books and enjoy the HECK out of being a published author. Oh, and pay the bills.
I have a fairly solid plan to write specific books this year and release them on target dates. (STAR CRUISE: OUTBREAK in mid April - watch for it!) I have a plan to attend the RT Booklovers Conference in Las Vegas in April and I'm chairing a panel on scifi romance that I proposed and got accepted.
That's it. Probably my 2017 plan is rinse and repeat. And do that again in 2018....you get the idea.
Along the way fun things come up out of the blue, like recording a line in a Star Trek audiobook (I am Crew Woman. Really.) Or being on a Wondercon panel (which didn't happen because I was replaced by an actress with Farscape credits but she was probably a better fit for the audience than romance writer me.) Or being in an anthology with New York Times best selling authors (maybe lightning will strike).
I plan to feed the cats EVERY day. (Jake made me add that.)
Saturday, March 26, 2016
Long Term Planning Grasshopper or Ant?
Posted by Veronica Scott
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Best Selling Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance author and “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happily Ever After blog, Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything.