The second request for something outside-the-ordinary in my journal came from infinitecomplex
:"Blog about your plans for the future, and the steps you're taking to get yourself there..."
Actually, in a way I do that all the time. But in greater detail:
I've known what I wanted to do with my life since the age of six, when I wrote my first twelve-page fantasy novel. Problem is, it took me a very long time to admit that because I thought it was impractical.
At the age of 12 -- when all my classmates in the gifted program wanted to be world-class musicians, authors, painters, or rocket scientists, or find the cure for cancer -- I told people I was going to be a computer programmer, because it seemed like a nice, stable profession.
By the time I graduated, they all went into law and accounting, and I'd figured out I wanted to write fiction, and even made publishing a novel one of my goals. But I still insisted on trying to bend that gift to something safe commercially -- writing as a journalist, or analyzing fiction as an English professor. Finding out what goes on behind the scenes in the Canadian media killed the first goal, Postmodernism killed the second.
By the time I was thirty, and re-evaluating my life, I realized that there was only one thing I wanted to do and which felt engaging: writing fiction. By then I'd found a stable job at 20 hours a week that allowed me lots of leisure time, and being very frugal, it didn't really matter much that I wasn't above the poverty line.
I've cut back my hours on writing since I finished the last draft of that novel, down from 34 a week to about 20. I'll put it back up when I'm ready for the next re-write. Right now, I'm editing the current version while three long-suffering friends do the same, so I'll have four edited versions by the time it's ready and will be able to compare them. I guess that answers the "steps I'm taking..." part of the question.
That's pretty much it -- that one goal consumes so much focus and energy that there's little left for anything else.
The only other long-term goal I have is to find some guy and settle down, and toward that end I'm gradually getting myself used to interacting with people -- it's usually very painful for me -- and trying to be not so cut off emotionally when I am around others.
I have smaller goals, too -- learning all I can about x
subject, learning a bit more of y
language, and generally becoming more spiritual, and also more politically aware and engaged. I work on those consistently between work and editing.