What Will the Next Five Years Bring?

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For this week’s discussion our hound asked, “Looking five years down the road — to middle of 2024 — tell us where you WISH your writing career would be. And then (if you’re able) tell us where you actually EXPECT it to be… unless those are the same.”

The first question (my wish) is sort of like asking, “What would you do with a million dollars?” My answer, of course, is that I’d like to see my book on a NYT or USA Today Best-seller list, or see it chosen as an Oprah’s book club pick. The hard truth is that sweet romances aren’t what usually make it to those lists. On a more practical scale, I guess my wish is that I’m able to write on a regular basis, and have a limited number of distractions so that I can create stories people like to read. High sales would be nice, but it’s not my primary goal. I enjoy the process, and sometimes I’m frustrated when I’m not able to devote the energy toward completing the projects I plan.

As for the second question about my expectations: I’m at the point in my life when everything is tentative. My husband and my mother both have medical difficulties. Taking care of them demands more and more of my time, which means I can’t devote the energy to creating stories. I know at least one writer who manages to turn her troubles into greater word count – in November and the first half of December, despite holiday preparations, an aging husband, and family drama, she’s written over 80,000 words! But I’m not sure I can do that. So, my thought is that unless both hubby and mom suddenly become healthy and self-sufficient, I’ll be writing less in 2024.

I’m also reveling in being a grandmother and great-grandmother. Since all five of our children live within a 20-mile radius of our home, I absolutely love being there for birthdays, music programs, graduations, and any event I’m invited to. So far, we have nine grandkids and two great-grandkids, and I suspect that number will rise in the next five years. Family trumps writing, hands down. I belong to two face-to-face writing groups and several online groups. I do manage to participate in weekly sprints and brainstorming sessions with some friends, so I’m hoping those connections will encourage me to keep writing as much as I’m able to squeeze in.

The last factor in my writing future is, of course, my own health. Right now, I’m relatively healthy. I can still walk a couple of miles a day, and do most household tasks without difficulty. But in 2024 I’ll be close to hitting another milestone, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be moving more slowly. I realize I need to exercise more. I know I need to limit my consumption of sweets and carbs. I know that I should get more sleep. If I can channel those into my “must do” list, my chances of continuing health will increase. Will I succeed in the coming years? Stay tuned.

What do you expect 2024 to look like for your own life?

 

About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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10 Responses to What Will the Next Five Years Bring?

  1. Patricia, I think you have a good handle on the reality of life. I hope all your “hopes” are realized, and the next five years will be very good to you.

    The NYT or USA Today best-seller list doesn’t mean success to me. I don’t wish for it. If it should ever happen with my Christian Romance Suspense novels, I’d take it as I would any review. And I’m in agreement with you about their choices of books that they do list. Obviously, Christian romance would be right up there with sweet romance in their eyes. They tend to lean toward blood and guts, immorality, and sensationalism.

    In five years, I’d like my writing to be in the hands of more readers who really enjoy the type of stories I create. Where I believe I’ll be is exactly the same. It takes time to get your name and books out there, or as the writing community puts it, “create a following.” If I continue to do exactly what I’m doing, writing, sending out my monthly newsletter, running the forum, and advertising, my “following” will continue to grow as it has over the years. I have no complaints. 🙂 To be doing what God showed me He wants me to do, is exactly what I want to be doing five years from now and beyond, for as long as He allows me.

    You’re correct in putting your family and your health first. They are what’s most important. God bless you and your family. Keep writing at your own pace.

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  2. Jeff Salter says:

    Well, Patricia, once again, you’ve written my Hound Day column for me. I could change a few nouns, delete the reference to cutting back on snacks, and this text could easily run on Thursday.
    In fact, don’t be surprised if it does… since this is predicted to be a jam-packed week full of external stressors.
    That aside, I like your emphasis on family and balance. It’s big-hearted of you to sacrificially assist Mom and Hubby. I didn’t see a reference to your music, but I assume you’ll still be playing in those ensembles and other venues.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Copy away, Jeff! I have a busy week too, so I wrote this post a few days ahead of time. I didn’t bring up my crafting and music, because I was focused on my writing life. I suppose if anything, they’re a positive influence, because they’re both creative endeavors. So they would remain an important part of my routine, depending on the time I have available.
      Taking care of mom and hubby aren’t sacrifices, of course. Most of my friends are in the same boat, so I have lots of moral support there.

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      • Beside writing, I too have extra curricular activities. Mainly, painting and gardening (in the right weather. LOL). Painting has been a hobby for many years, and now i resort to it to relax in between writing. So far, I haven’t done anything with my artwork, but it’s almost gotten to the point where I’ll have to put them up on ebay, or something, to make room for more. That’s a positive in my life. I used to craft, so I know how satisfying that can been. Glad to know you have all that, plus moral support through friends.

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  3. Oh, can I relate to family taking time and energy! I will have to do some soul-searching for this week’s topic. It think that it would spur me on…had it not fallen on the week before Christmas!

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  4. Family does trump everything. I hope that your writing hopes do come true.

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  5. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I’ve reached that tentative time as well. I know exactly what you mean.

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