Way back in January, I set some goals for myself for the year:
- Get an agent (which means stop picking at my novel and just send it out already).
- Finish my already-started novel, A Handful of Wishes.
- Have at least fifteen stories out on submission at any given time.
- Get in shape, and then stay in shape.
- Learn how to neatly and nicely-looking lattice a pie.
- Date a rockstar (doesn’t matter who).
I briefly followed up on them in April. The year is now roughly half over, so I’m back to take another look.
- Get an agent – I’ve sent out a bunch of queries, and I need to send out more. I’m considering the small press route instead, and I need to look into that more closely and send out queries.
- Finish A Handful of Wishes – August is Camp NaNoWriMo, and I’m going to try to make a good-sized dent in this story once and for all, then maybe hammer the rest out for the real NaNoWriMo in November.
- Have at least fifteen stories out for submission – currently I’m at two. But in my defense, I’ve had five stories accepted so far this year, almost one a month (“Bardo Bureaucracy,” “The Futility of Loving a Soldier,” “Hope for Change,” “Riding the Rails,” and “Of Gods and Floods“). I have quite a few I’m polishing or finishing up, and a couple more sitting around to be sent out. I should be able to get this number up to at least ten without too much effort.
- Get in shape – Towards the end of the school year I was chasing students all over the damn school (my classroom was in the basement and I routinely made 5-8 trips to the top floors, which is .2 miles round trip), so I’m not doing too bad with this.
- Pies – I can’t even remember the last time I made a pie. Oops.
- Date a rockstar – I know a guy who plays the guitar. Does that count as progress?
Overall, I’m not doing too bad, at least for the writing stuff. I’m making progress and staying mostly focused, which I think is the most important part of having year-long goals.
If you’re a writer, what are your goals for the next few months? If you set goals for yourself at the beginning of the year, how are you doing with them?
These are big goals. Writing can be hard work and frustrating when the “right words” don’t emerge from your brain to the computer or the pen, but congratulations for the goals you have achieved.
And you penciled in some fun–rock stars!
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