Before I do that, I wanted to say a belated Merry Christmas! I took a somewhat inadvertent hiatus last week. My laptop died. My NEW laptop died. Apparently, it has hardware issues. I had access to other computers, but knew I wouldn't be able to do the Wednesday links post or photo post (I have my photos on my laptop, as well as the spreadsheet where I list any links I come across that I want to pass along). Luckily, my superhero hubby was able to take everything off that hard drive, put it on a new one in a different laptop that is currently either a temporary loaner or just my new laptop until we get this all worked out. I decided it was a great reason to give myself a break for a week, and ducked out of work-related items, as well. It was a pretty good break, all things considered, but I stressed about the things I should be doing, so not as good a break as it could have been.
Anyway, I'm back! I hope your week was wonderful.
Back to goal setting.
What did I achieve this year?
- I sold my first paid short story (only to have the magazine tank).
- I joined a critique group.
- I jumped into a fun collaborative writing project, and though it may never see a completed novel out of it, I don't feel like I wasted my time. It was a valuable experience.
- I un-trunked my first novel, because I decided it was worthwhile, and I have a plan of attack.
- I nearly finished my second novel. Soooo close now.
- I finished quite a few short stories.
- I participated in some great online projects, including the Tree of Life and Composers for the Philippines.
What would I like to achieve in 2014?
- Better self-discipline.
- Finish novel #2.
- Edit novel #1.
- Submit at least three short stories.
- Work out a better schedule (this is a perpetual goal...and one I never seem to achieve.)
- Spend more time writing.
- Do something writing-related that makes me nervous. Example: Submit to a pro-paying market I think I stand no chance of getting into.
- Write something different than what I typically write. For instance, a genre I don't dabble in typically. Romance? Erotica? Steampunk?
Okay, enough goals for now. I wanted to make a do-able goal list. I'm tired of stressing myself out.
What are your goals for the year (or any time period)? Do you like setting goals for yourself, or would you rather avoid that whole rigmarole? When was the last time you did something in writing that scared you? What are your achievements for the year (I don't care how minor)? Do you keep your goals minor or do you like to use them to really stretch yourself?
May you find your Muse.