Today we are privileged to have Kim Fielding visit with a guest post. Kim talks about setting goals which is very apt at this time of the year when New Year’s resolutions tend to become a focus. She also has a wonderful Christmas story, the royalties of which are donated to charity. So do check it out.
Hi, I’m Kim Fielding, and I’m so happy to visit here today!
As soon as I finish writing this, I’m going to take my daily walk. I do at least 3 miles a day, and since I began keeping track of these things in July (thank you, Fitbit!) I’ve walked over 645 miles. That’s more than 1.6 million steps. Now, if someone were to come up to me and say, “Hey! Kim! You need to walk 645 miles, starting now!” I would be an unhappy camper. Because that’s a long way to walk. From my house in California, it’s almost all the way to the Grand Canyon.
But you know what? I have walked that far, and pretty soon I’m going to do another 3 miles. And I’m doing it one step at a time.
When I return from my walk, I’m going to finish grading a huge stack of term papers. I promised them back by Tuesday. When I made the promise, one student looked at the pile, looked at me, and then exclaimed, “Are you human?” I’m pretty sure I am. I’m grading those papers one at a time, and the stack is slowly shrinking.
And then, assuming the term papers don’t fry my brain, I’m going to resume work on my 13th novel. I wrote my first novel, Stasis, for National Novel Writing Month in 2009. I’ve also written a bunch of novellas and shorts, so in a little over 5 years, I’ve written probably 1.5 million words. Holy cow. And how did I write all this? One damn word at a time.
My point—and I do have one—is that a lot of our brightest goals seem impossible. And I suppose they are, if you look at them all at once. But nobody climbs Mount Everest in a single leap. We do it one step, one word, one term paper at a time. And then one day we look around and Oh my God! we’re there. We’ve made it to the Grand Canyon (where a sexy ghost might be lurking; see my novel Motel. Pool.).
My reason for telling you this is twofold. First, it’s a pep talk. Pick your almost-impossible destination and get there bit by tiny bit. Lose those pounds ounce by ounce. Build your savings penny by penny. Knit that enormous sweater, stitch by stich. Become a great cook, recipe by recipe. Earn that degree, unit by unit. I could go on with this analogy all day.
My other reason is to get you to buy one of my new stories, The Festivus Miracle. It’s a light, sweet holiday tale, which is what we could all use right about now. And I donate all my royalties to Doctors Without Borders. Where we can make a difference, dollar by dollar.
The Festivus Miracle is available at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Festivus-Miracle-Kim-Fielding-ebook/dp/B00MS89DI2/
It’s finals week during Tony McNeil’s second year in law school, and he’s struggling to keep up. Frankly, he’d rather be cooking. Then he meets first-year student Eddie Cohen-Fernandez, who’s heartsick over missing his family’s annual Festivus celebration. Tony can use his culinary skills to lift Eddie’s spirits, but finding long-term happiness? That just might require a Festivus miracle.