Spring Reflections & Writing Goals


The best time to set up a new discipline is when the idea is strong

– Jim Rohn

In Australia, the first glimmer of spring has arrived.  The warm breeze, the feeble rays of sunshine and the appearance of flowers waiting to bloom are signs winter is leaving us behind. It feels like only yesterday I was reminiscing about what I love about the cold, and I can’t help but feel a tiny bit sad about this change.

I’m not going to lie, I am a little bit jealous of the pumpkin spice happiness most of you will be experiencing to celebrate all things fall. Okay, very jealous. It wasn’t until I lived in Vancouver did I understand this phenomenon. When Starbucks was going pumpkin spice crazy, I was a complete snob and utterly bewildered by this craze. Who on earth would want such a horrifying combination? But during a moment of homesickness and missing my mother, I purchased my first one and fell in love. I knew if she was in Vancouver with me she’d be ordering them like crazy, because pumpkin and all things spice, are probably her two most favourite things right there – her children a close third, fourth and fifth.  Reading in the rain amongst the hustle and bustle of Starbucks with a pumpkin spiced latte in hand helped me feel closer to home and those I love.

With the change of seasons I tend to reflect on the past and remember beautiful memories I didn’t realise I missed. I  also evaluate my goals and I thought it would be fun to share them here.

1.    Complete my 2nd revision and edits for Dancing Peregrine by the end of October 2014. This will mark one year since I finished my first rewrite. I can’t believe I left a big gap between revisiting it, but life had other plans and countries to explore and I wouldn’t change any of it. It has been an amazing journey of growth and dramatic changes and I have finally learned to respect the journey instead of fighting it.

2.    Write query letter and begin researching suitable agents. I have been putting this off for too long.  I’m sure I am not alone in this.

3.    Submit Dancing Peregrine by the end of the year. That said, it needs to feel ready and not rushed. I’m also going to constantly remind myself to enjoy the process.

4.    Enter NaNoWriMo! Words cannot begin to explain how badly I want to do this. The thrill of experiencing first draft mania has not been experienced in a long time (2.5 years?). Regardless of whether Dancing Peregrine is completed or not, I will be doing this. I need a new story and a new world. Another creative spark needs to be ignited.

Even though I don’t get to experience pumpkin spiced lattes, maybe I’m feeling a little bit excited by what the rest of the year has in store for me creatively.

What are your goals for the changing of the season?

Love and light,

Anushka xx

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The Myth

“A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.” – E B White (1899-1985) Writer

It’s easy to make excuses and put your writing dreams on hold for another day in favor of doing something else. Coffee dates with girlfriends and exploring a city that is still brand new to you eat up precious and valuable time. Time which I do not have to waste every single day. Where did my focus and discipline vanish to??? Then I stumbled across this quote and it could not have come at a better time.

Little reminders like this keep me on my path, a sign so I would not lose my way.

Revising a novel is unlike anything I have experience before in my life…hence the fact I am prone to procrastination or downright laziness. But failing to do this is not an option for me so I have done what I should have done a long time ago.

Invest in a planner.

It’s blue by the way…my reasoning being that it would be therapeutic to look at.

But now that I have a plan of attack I plan on having this project wrapped up and sealed with a kiss. (The date at present is secret to only me, I feel like I jinx myself and stunt any creative flow when I share this with others).

As for what will happen after then?

Another creative endeavor no doubt…not after indulging in an expensive bottle of white though 😉

Love and Light

xx