October [Creative] Goals

Even though I am working and my husband is out of town for a week this month, I have quite a few goals for October. 

Oddly enough, not having as much free time has actually been really good for my creativity. I now feel as though I have to make the most of my days off vs before, when I had the excuse that what I didn't do today, I could finish or get around to tomorrow. 

1. Daily Creative

This is still a goal, and this month I'm trying my hand at Inktober -- a daily challenge to draw something in ink. I don't know that I will do it daily, in fact, I'm almost positive I will miss some days, but I like the idea of Inktober. The idea being that if you draw in pen you can't go back and erase your mistakes. This forces me to let go of my perfectionism and the need to fix things in the moment. I may or may not post some Inktober things on Twitter or Instagram. 

2. Socktober

 I honestly don't know why I have this one as a goal. It's got a 90% chance of failing. It's been my goals for the past 10 years to knit a pair of socks and I have still yet to complete a pair. But here I am, wanting to try it again. Just one pair. That's all I'm committing to. ONE. PAIR. Come on, Alice. You can knit a pair of socks. Oh! I know (and this is literally coming to me as I type) -- I will knit a pair of socks for my daughter. Surely socks for a 5yo will knit up faster than socks for an adult....

3. NaNoWriMo Prep

 So I'm not really a plotter, but I'm no longer strictly a pantser, either. I'm a hybrid, and this year I want to jump back into NaNoWriMo (I took the last couple of years off). I have a couple of story ideas and I am actually trying to blend them together into one idea. This is the subject of this month's secret Patreon vlog, btw, so feel free to check it out if you're a patron on that tier. 

4. Weekly Out of Office

Despite having a corner of the house to call my own, I have been finding it difficult to concentrate on writing when at home. I tend to look toward the laundry room and the never-ending pile of dirty clothes. Or I look toward the kitchen and the tower of dirty dishes. Or I glance down at the floor that needs sweeping and mopping...Or...you get the idea. Basically, I find excuses not to write, and that needs to stop. So since I am working, I want to go in an hour early or stay an hour late (when possible) and write at Starbucks. Or go to Starbucks once a week on my day off and spend two hours dedicating to writing. This worked REALLY well for me when I lived in Japan, so I'm hoping to duplicate that success. 

5. Paint Spooky Things

It's the Season of the Witch, so I want my paintings this month to reflect witchy things and Halloweeny things. Towards the end of the month I'd like to paint some holiday-ish type things. The goal is to paint something at least once a week.