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Good Reads

If you are on Good Reads let’s connect. I have signed up to read 24 books in 2011. Right now I have 10 under my belt since January and I give credit to my iPad (I use it mainly as an eReader). Last year I think I read a total of 2 books. I don’t know what it is about an eReader but I am eating up book after book.

I’ve been absent, a lot, on my blog. I know I have one artist interview to post and lots of book reviews. I just can’t find the time to update this thing lately. I want to be involved with my blog so I need to find time to make it happen.

Lately, I’ve been looking up how to set goals. First, though, I need to figure out what my goals are, realistic goals that is. But when I think about what goals I may want to achieve I normally talk myself out of them before I can even write them down because I don’t want to make a bad choice in any certain goal. In other words, I question myself about what goals are realistic or not. I normally end up telling myself that all of my goals are unrealistic and then I don’t get anywhere.

I’ve made some bad decisions in my lifetime and I don’t want to keep making bad decisions. I don’t want to fail so why start, right? I know, that is a bad attitude to have but I get in this analysis paralysis all the time. No wonder I don’t ever get anywhere.

So where do I draw the line in defining unrealistic versus realistic goals? That is a good question, something I need to ponder some more – really take some time out to meditate and think on this – not just let it roll around in my brain for an hour or two. But really take some quality time out and think about this whole goal setting thing, figure things out.

Here is just an example of what I think is unrealistic and realistic:

Unrealistic goal – become a successful published author (some of you might think, “Uh well Carol, with an attitude like that, then yeah, you won’t become successful). Well, it’s a lot harder and tougher than you might think. I’ve been around and I watch things; the news, the internet, other people. Most successful authors have money before they write their first page and they know people. Look at all the people who are famous BEFORE they even write their first book. And it seems that most successful authors also have writing degrees in creative writing, english, or an MFA program. I don’t have the time nor the money to take on such a venture. Remember, I am talking REALISTIC goals. Besides, I need to actually WRITE something before I think about trying to publish anything! LOL. Finding the time is another story.

Realistic goal – write a blog article once a week. Now that’s more like it. Maybe not as rewarding but it’s realistic.

Well anyway, at least I am reading a lot more than I used to. And that’s another goal (as stated earlier) to have read 24 books this year. Now maybe I need to add to my realistic goals to write the book reviews.

Look me up on Good Reads…..

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4 Comments
  • Becky says:

    There are ways to write on for internet sites and get paid to do it. I have tried writing for The Examiner which is national. I am (maybe was) the Huntsville Examiner for the Arts Scene. It is a way to build a writing portfolio but you won’t get rich doing it! The payment was in pennies and I never collected anything. I believe there are other sites that pay better. The name of the game is drawing traffic to their site. Locally, the Grapevine is offering credit through the Barter Exchange for blogging and posting. That is another great way to build up your portfolio.

    As for goals- don’t be self limiting! The world will try to give you enough limits.

    β€œThe difference between try and triumph is just a little umph!” -Marvin Phillips

  • Shermika says:

    I’ve heard of Goodreads and will join so we can connect. I have a Kindle and it has allowed me to read more (I’m at 1 book and 4 short stories for the year). Time always allows me to throw my favorite pasttime under the bus. It would be good to connect with fellow readers that would give me a push to read more.

    PS I also have found that many authors have MFA’s or connects, but that sure can’t stop us writers from trying πŸ˜‰

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