The skunk is relevant, I promise.
I need a refresher every now and then, so I thought I’d let you in. These goals are the ones I am striving to keep foremost in my mind as I write, blog, brainstorm, and read.
1. To bring glory to my Creator. I wrote a post recently about being a peg for God to hang His glory on. What a great concept, and one I can apply to my writing as well. God, hang your glory all over Trugars!
2. To honor my great-grandmother, a.k.a. “Big Mommy.” She turned 100 years old on September 21st, 2009, and went home to be with the Lord on November 25th, 2009. So many memories, so much love! We miss you, Big Mommy.
3. To bless my family with a written record of all the stories we know and love. One of our favorite pastimes as children (my generation AND my parents’ generation!) was to sit around Big Mommy’s feet and listen to “trugars.” These true stories from her life in the by-gone days need to be recorded for posterity’s sake!
4. To break the cycle of bitterness I have seen in myself and in our family. Bitterness was one of Big Mommy’s hardest struggles to overcome, and that struggle has continued through the generations. With God’s help, we can break free!
5. To encourage others in their struggles with bitterness. I’m sure the lessons Big Mommy taught my family can help others to break the cycle of bitterness and walk in freedom as well!
6. To share fun stories with others. I’m sure more than just my family will appreciate the story of Big Mommy shooting a “pole cat” (commonly known as a skunk) IN her closet and what followed.
7. To get something published with a real publisher. I don’t want to self-publish. I want to know that what I wrote was worth writing, that others will read it, and that I will have help in the process.
8. To see my book in Barnes & Noble and at the local library. Something about those two places conveys the sense of arrival to me. I will be a real author when my book is available there.
9. To make some extra money. This probably seems so ignoble compared to my other goals, but in order to be completely honest, I have to include it. As a military family, we are working hard to stay within our budget, and a little extra income wouldn’t hurt!
10. To learn. Throughout this process, I have learned so much, and I continue to discover new things every day. I want, most of all, to learn more about my Savior, but also more about myself, my family, my history, and writing & publishing in general.
Phew. Keeping all these in mind (and in the proper order, not necessarily that listed above, but close), is quite the challenge! What goals do you have with your current projects, especially writing?