Sunday, December 13, 2009

'Tis the Season to be Jolly

And I am. Chemo and Radiation are over with, just waiting to take another mammogram to see how everything is, which isn't scheduled until January.

Life is good.

My daughter's friend was diagnosed this month, but only has to have radiation, she's delighted that it's easily treatable. And so am I.

I celebrated another birthday, and find myself mellower (is that a word?) than I've been in ages. Maybe it's because I'm finally coming to grips with life and the lessons we can learn while we take our journey.

I'm planning my writing schedule for 2010, and it promises to be full. A screenwriting retreat is a definite, so is RWA's National Conference. There are several other excursions that I'm looking at, plus, of course, the writing.

Writing every day is a must, even on weekends. My weekend work will be at least a limit of one hour. The daily work must be at least one hour, but I rather do two.

There is a screenplay that must be done before the middle of March. It's started, I have a complete outline, just need a great title and the rest of the pages cranked out. My working title is: Sam's Story...LOL So, you can see why I need a great title.

Then there is my series contemporary story that I started this year and need to finish.

My middle grade story which needs some world-building, and I need to do some research. I purchased the research books, I just need to sit down and read.

I also want to read a chapter of a craft book daily and cull the neat stuff I can use.

Plus, I want to read...I have so many books and this year my book reading has been off, I've listened to a lot of books while driving myself back and forth from radiation. I keep a book in my car so I can listen to it while I drive instead of wasting time listening to music. I know, music isn't a waste of time, but my local channels only have the golden oldies or country music. Some of the books on tape/cd's are interesting, I tend to listen to thrillers, though I've listened to a mixed bag this year. I'd like to read at least fifty pages a day.

So, writing, reading, studying, conferences, retreats, etc., are covered.

But, and here's the big but, I also need to find an agent to represent material that is already finished, and polished. Egads!

But the time has come.

Have a wonderful, joyous Christmas!


At 9:01 AM, Anonymous Robin Kaye said...


Congratulations on finishing the treatment. Your plan for next year sounds amazing and challenging, but after seeing you do BIAW while doing Chemo, I have no doubt you'll succeed. You are a real inspiration.

Hugs and Happy Holidays,

Robin Kaye

At 12:31 PM, Anonymous Angela said...

Your plan sounds great! I've put down the foundation for mine. Now it's time to break it into self-imposed deadlines.

I stumbled onto your blog and discovered your blog is the same title as my yahoo group. I'll be deleting that today and creating something new :-)

At 1:35 PM, Blogger Donna Caubarreaux said...

My blog is my name...

'Tis the Season to be Jolly is just the subject line, it changes all the time.

Keep your Yahoo Group, or not, the choice is up to you.

Have a Merry one.

At 12:43 PM, Anonymous Misty Wright said...

I love your goals for 2010. I agree with you on the reading and everything else. I too have been working on my goals for 2010 and Bob's class has helped me out TONS!

At 7:05 AM, Anonymous ray fuentez said...

Hi Donna,
I stumbled on to your blog while searching for information on Elizabeth Lyons MANUSCRIPT MAKEOVER. I read a couple of your previous posts and was amazed by your voice.

I am sad to read about your fight with the "Big C," and I hope all is going well for your side. (I lost my big sister to that battle in October or 2009)

I was surprised to read that your name "will never appear on a fiction book." I think you could tell some amazing stories! Or did I misunderstand -- as I often do?

Anyway, a year (almost) has gone by since you posted this so you may not ever get this comment. But in case you do: Best wishes for this and many more years to come!


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