Hello Rebels, and welcome back to my life.
Tomorrow is my birthday, and I will be turning 29, and it has been a heck of a 29th rotation around the sun.
I normally don’t think of birthdays as a big deal. They normally don’t make me “feel” any different. But this one does. For some reason, this one seems significant to me.
There’s a couple of reasons for that. One, as I’ve mentioned on the show once before, I smoke. And I have always planned to quit smoking on my 30th birthday.
That means I’ve got a year left of poisoning my body with this terrible habit.
The other thing is that I always planned to direct my first feature film before I was 30.
There’s no real reason for that, it’s just that most big directors I know and respect directed their first features in their thirties and forties. So I thought I’d get a leg up on them.
Now I’ve got less than a year to make that happen, and feature films can often take more than a year just to make.
So if I want to reach that milestone, I’d better get going. Fortunately, I’m already moving in that direction.
I made a video last year on my birthday, which you can watch right here, when this vlog was only a couple of months old, and I listed a whole lot of goals I wanted to accomplish in my 29th year.
And going back over that list…there sure are a lot of things on that list I never got around to.
While I was watching it, I started to feel really disappointed in myself, and very discouraged.
But near the end of the video, after I’d listed my goals, I discussed the possibility that I might not accomplish all of them.
And I said some words that, now, are actually kind of helpful, and made me feel not so bad.
The most important thing is to keep getting better. If you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse.
So I didn’t accomplish everything I wanted to do in the last twelve months. But am I getting better?
I think I am. I’m writing more now than I was this time last year. I’m selling more books each month than I did the last month. I’m doing more to support my family, and I’m creating more as an artist.
That doesn’t mean I can slack off and stop working toward the goals I set for myself. But I think we all ride a balancing act in life, between what we want to do and what we actually do.
And while I think it’s important to set long-term goals and work to achieve them, I think it’s also important to be okay with yourself if you don’t manage to reach them, for whatever reason.
So with that in mind, I wanted to set some new goals for myself on the next year’s journey to 30 years old.
This year I started the Nightblade series, and it’s now my bestselling series ever. So we’re going to put additional focus on that, and I’m going to get back to doing more VlogaNovel shows about it, and I’m going to write four more books in that series this year.
I’m going to put out AT LEAST the next book in the Realm Keepers series, if not more. Zach and I plan to start working on that in May, and we should have it out by the summer.
I’m going to write my two big sci-fi novels I planned for last year, titled Vagrant and Simulator.
And I’m going to produce my first feature film before I turn 30.
Will these goals actually happen? I’m going to work hard to make sure they do. But this year I’m also going to try to keep in mind: life is what happens while you’re making other plans.
Things might come up, whether they’re new opportunities or distractions or emergencies, or whatever. And that’s okay.
Pushing a timeline isn’t giving up—it’s just adjusting your work to the world around you.
And I think that’s something valuable to keep in mind going into my thirtieth year and beyond.
Thank you so much for spending the last year with me, Rebels. It’s been a hell of a ride, and you’ve made it awesome.
Thanks for watching, and I will see you tomorrow. Maybe. Byyye.