November wasn’t great for me. I failed NaNoWriMo, barely surpassing the 16K mark. My kids and husband got sick, twice, and I had my own medical stuff to deal with. On the plus side, I did manage to potty train my son, so no more pull-ups for this squirrel. Thank goodness. I’d much rather deal with the occasional accident at night. All-in-all, I survived, but I spent most of the month grumpy.
But all the excuses in the world won’t refute the fact that I’m falling behind. I wanted to have Murder Most Fowl finished and out this year. That’s not going to happen. I wanted to finish Isto and get that out next year. That’s not looking good. It wouldn’t be so hard if I could write while distractions clamored about me. If I could write while my children demand my attention, while the project manager calls me in the middle of my lunch, while my husband relays the events of his workday. But that would cheat both sides. I wouldn’t be dedicating my focus to what I should be doing, and my writing would reflect my distraction.
So when it comes to the IWSG question of the month:
In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?
The answer is right smack where I am presently. I doubt I’ll ever have a career in writing anything but code, and honestly, I’m okay with that. I enjoy being a programmer. But in five years, I should at least have another two books done. Maybe 4 if I’m lucky.