Every three months or so, I take a look at the progress I’ve made on the goals I set for myself at the start of the year.
Publish my novel, The Lone Wolf.
- Average a short story acceptance each month, with the majority of them in paying markets.
Put out a short story collection.
- Get another novel ready to query – either 2012’s NaNoWriMo novel, or the one I’ve been working on for a couple years, A Handful of Wishes.
- Read 100 books this year.
- Kayak the entire length of the Hennepin Canal.
So, how am I doing?
- Yes! Evolved Publishing picked it up, and release date is just two months away, on December 2nd.
- I’ve pretty much sucked at this. Grad school is taking up a lot of my time (“ambitious” is how one of my thesis committee profs described my academic aspirations), and between reading, class papers, and thesis research, I haven’t been writing as much as I’d like, and I don’t even currently have any submissions out.
- Us, Together: A Short Story Collection came out in June. I’m really hoping to have another one, The Futility of Loving a Soldier, out by the end of October, and definitely by the time The Lone Wolf launches.
- The first chapter of A Handful of Wishes will be included in the back of The Lone Wolf, so I guess I have to keep moving with it. The semester ends at Thanksgiving, so I’ll have a month to really focus on it, then 3-4 months for edits, before the April deadline for a Christmas 2014 release.
- I’m at 57 books this year – 16 books behind. Again, I’m hoping to knock a bunch out when the semester ends. I currently have hundreds on my Kindle to choose from, so this shouldn’t be difficult.
- Yeah, not happening. No fulltime permanent job = no new vehicle to transport a kayak = no kayak. Grr.
If you’ve set goals for yourself, how’re they going so far this year?