So, where are we on our goals for the year?
1-Read ten (10) new books:
I’m at 9.5. Last one is Pride and Prejudice, which is a bit of a slog (it’s good, but just not to my taste.) Definitely doable by end of year.
2-Write one blog post every week:
Already done. Admittedly a few of those were low-content notes and the like, but I think I’ll post enough by the end of the year to make that a moot point.
3-Be done with Book the First:
As a reminder, here’s what that goal meant:
That means either finding an agent, or self-publishing the book.
I’ve mad a lot of progress on e-publishing the book, but no way I can do it by end of year. And I’m not planning on querying any more this year, and I have no live query. That’s a failure (though not from lack of trying.)
4-Finish and start shopping the short story I’m currently writing:
Project dropped, because it was splitting my focus too much at a time when I couldn’t afford it. I still think trying to get a short story published would be a good idea but it needs to be a better short story project than the one I had.
Still a failure.
5-Take this website to the next level:
Nope. Admittedly, I kind of need an art direction for this first. But failure so far (although I doing at least the backend work would be a good first step, and that’s doable by end of year.)
6-Finalize my plans and start work on the Next Series:
I think that’s a success. Not a definite, clear success, but good enough for a pass.
So – my focus for the last month of the year will be backend work on the site, and finding a short story idea that I can somehow get published (and hopefully, at least make a good start on it.) Three acceptable successes and two goals in significant progress are good enough for me to accept my output for the year.