Boxes, I have a lot of boxes at the moment. I’m not moving house, I am building some new vegetable gardens using this method or this one if you prefer the US equivalent! Personally I think they are both brilliant. Anyway, I need lots of newspaper and/or cardboard for the base. I have used up our entire firelighting supply of newspaper and have had to resort to making vast orders on the internet in order to feed the cardboard requirement (well needs must and a girl’s fancy turns to lipstick in the spring and just think how many lipsticks I need to buy to fill a really BIG box!)
However, the boxes I am thinking of are not the card or even plastic variety. But the mental ones. The ones we use to put things in order in our minds, to prioritise and codefy so that day to day life can potter along at a reasonable pace without disappearing down the portaloo when we aren’t paying attention.
You may have noticed that we have just reached the end of the first quarter of 2013. Time to reasse the goals I set in January. This is a bit disingenuous as I assess weekly and monthly goals so I already have a pretty good idea where I am at. However, quarterly goals are slightly different. They are milestones rather than goals, a subtle difference but you could say that Casanova used his notches on the bedpost as milestones marking his progress to his long-term goals…
I have goals that cover all aspects of my life, I like to think of myself as a well-rounded individual. Actually, hopefully less rounded as of July 2013 so that I can wear a bikini without frightening the fish (to be found under Goal 2 “Take care of myself inside and out”). Nonetheless in the year that I take up writing full-time it would be strange not to have some goals and milestones focussed on the written word.
Obtain an agent, a six figure book deal and sell film rights to Warner Brothers for an obscene amount of money did occur to me, but whilst I believe it is important to dream I also think it is important to have at least one’s big toe on the ground.
Timesmudger is complete. It has been rejected by three agents but was also requested in full by an agent I didn’t even contact. As far as boxes go, that one is fuller than I expected.
Dorothy is filling up nicely. It’s a slow process but at least that way I know what’s in the box. Nothing worse than unpacking at random because you don’t know where anything is.
Finally I have acquired some new and unexpected boxes. I am off to Edinburgh tomorrow to set up a whole new box of stories from Cape Verde which I am thrilled to bits about.
As we move into the second quarter of 2013 what boxes are you taking forward and how well have you filled them?