In recent days, I have been conducting a comprehensive review of how I spend my time. Purpose: To determine the important projects I am working on and organize them in an efficient fashion so that I may better progress on all of them.
Findings: I have a LOT of open projects! Here we go with the list and at what time (if applicable) I can see them accomplished and/or set aside for the time being.
1. The Nicerian Chronicles
My story. Probably my life’s grandest personal undertaking. This is number 1 on the list because it is currently the one single project I have been working on the longest (on and off since 2006). This project is split up into subcategories so, let’s take a look.
A. Katsukami: Book number 1. All but ready to go – or so I thought. Recently, I have taken to reading through it one last time from cover to cover. My idea was to go through and make grammar corrections and fix any flow issues I find. I’m trying to get this ready for the next level. I know I could pay an editor, but I want to do lots of research and find out what makes an editor qualified to do said job. If I drop a ton of money down on an editor and we make corrections and then I try to publish, how am I supposed to know for sure that the edit was performed well? I am quickly treading into territory of which I know nothing. I want peace of mind that the edit work I have done will put my book in ready-to-go status. Until my research on this issue is complete, I will continue with my self read through and edit to get the book looking as shiny as it can until such time as I am ready to put it into the editor’s hands.
B. Book 2. Yep, book number 2 has long been in the works. Adding together the amount of worked typed out and the amount written on paper by hand, I am looking at three-fifths (or more) of the second book roughly written. The remaining two-fifths is completely mapped out and ready to be penned. This part of the Nicerian Chronicles project has been stale for a while as I had placed book 1 in priority status. Recently, however, I have been contemplating picking up the pen again as soon as I finish my final self edit of book 1.
2. Korean study.
This one is broad but is primarily geared toward the Korean Language. Truth be told, however, I have been spending an exuberant amount of time reading up on Korean culture and language. FYI, if you didn’t know, I have another blog about my time in Korea and about Korean culture and language that I have learned in my time studying. www.pclar09.wordpress.com
This is not something that can really be put on the back burner, as I am not getting any younger. I have heard that foreign language study gets more difficult with age so, I would like to be fluent as soon as possible. My wife is Korean and her family does not speak English well, so I want to communicate with them as best as I can.
3. Military job specific study.
There are many things in this category that take up quite a bit of time. Luckily, some of these can be finished and then crossed from the list relatively quickly. Ever since I was selected for promotion to Staff Sergeant, I began studying for my upgrade in skill level for my job. I am currently a Journeyman in my career field; but, as a Staff Sergeant, I will be expected to quickly gain my 7 skill level (or Craftsman) in my job. Lucky for me, I have been spending lots of my time studying for this upcoming test and have the test scheduled for December 5. Wish me luck! Once this test is complete and passed, I can close the books for a while until my next promotion cycle comes around (early 2015). This should free up some time for other things.
4. My education.
This one is important as I do not want to be in the military for the rest of my life. In order to advance in the USAF, my CCAF degree (an associates) is pretty much required. Lucky for me, I only have two classes remaining to accomplish this (An English and a Math – probably Algebra). Once these two classes are finished, I will be able to begin working on my Bachelor Degree. I have not yet selected a major, but I would like to get started on this sometime in the next 6 months. CCAF degree first, then Bachelor’s.
Me and my wife~
Now, just because this is listed last, do not think this is least on my importance scale. It most certainly is not. I saved the best for last actually. If you think about it, most of the items listed above are FOR my family. Advancing my career, education, language skills, and writing is not meant for myself only. My goal in life is to give my wife and son (will be born on March 15!!!) the best possible life. I wanted to write for a living. However, until I can become a full time author, the military will have to do the trick for us. I DO look forward to the day when I can be a civilian again; however, I WILL NOT leave the military with nothing but dreams. IF I leave the military, I will have a job lined up and the ability, know how, and plan to provide for my family. My desires mean nothing if they do not allow for my family’s well-being. So I will keep doing what I do, praying for the day when a new path will open and I can do what I enjoy.
There are many other things that I am trying to accomplish on a daily, weekly, monthly, and even yearly basis. The five listed above are, in my thought at the moment, the most important. For those of you who are fans of my book, I thank you so much. I will work tirelessly to bring you a good story that will bring you enjoyment, excitement, and (a temporary) escape from reality.
My point of this was kind of personal. As I examine the things I desire to accomplish, I realize that slowly but surely, time continues to press on. I have lots to do and I WILL NOT let them fall by the wayside. Thanks to everyone who sends encouragement to me. It keeps me going forward.
Thank you all so very much. I desire you feedback. If you have any ideas, or perhaps you would like to see more of my story, let me know! I’m here for you!
Until next time!