The answer is probably yes. But honestly, if I did, I don’t remember.
This week I prioritised grinding. Not the dance-floor kind, thankfully, but the type that keeps us hyper-focused on tasks. Hyper-focus is a rare event for us all, so I would have been foolish to ignore it. This period of focus allowed me to finish a huge self-edit of Valkyrie Unleashed, which is now with my very talented editor. Moving on to book four and affording some time to the prequel for the series has given me a big sense of achievement, which I’m going to enjoy, as it’s likely a short-lived sensation.
Marking the near-completion of the third book in The Rogue Valkyrie series is fairly momentous, as I’d never created a sequel before this series, let alone a third installment. It’s super satisfying to watch the series build up and one day, I hope to take even more satisfaction from stamping a “The End” on the series a few years down the line.
No spoilers here, but in book four, Rowan and Nate have an adventure outside of London, which is where the first three books are set. It’s almost all the way planned, and I can’t wait to start writing it next week!
Throughout the series so far, I have definitely learned a lot, and most of it I had no idea I was learning at the time. Creating a novel plan is not only easier now, but far more productive, including more interesting ideas (IMO) and unexpected character arcs. To develop these changes, I must have done some learning somewhere, but I don’t consciously remember doing so.
Now I have a little breathing room to get lost in thought, I’ve started wondering the difference between growth and life lessons. They’re starting to seem like two completely different entities. Growth strikes me as a natural process that occurs more or less subconsciously when we’re in a prime environment to develop. Life lessons feel altogether more intrusive, springing up on us at any time and requiring introspection and mental space. Perhaps the two aren’t mutually exclusive.
It’s made me wonder, how many lessons we could learn every day that get completely ignored? Do we only pay attention to the ones we’re ready and willing to learn and the others get swept under the rug? So long as we’re moving on and up in life and in ourselves, I’ve decided it doesn’t really matter.
Honestly, I’m grateful that a lot of personal development is probably subconscious, because if it wasn’t, it might drive us all to insanity. Plus, it’s fun to look back and think, how the heck did I get here?
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