2018 felt like a long year, and yet was it long enough for me to make progress on my goals? Well, let’s find out.
Three Things for December
When I set my December things I didn’t account for how exhausted I would be at the end of the year. Basically, I checked out for the last third of the month because I just needed a break from all of it.
With that caveat, let’s look at the things I said I would do and how much got done.
- Cinnamon Harmonies — my goal was to keep working on it, which I achieved up to a point, and I have 10,000 more words on it than I had at the end of November. I floundered on plot, though, so I have a necessary January goal to replan the story. Let’s call this another lesson in needing an outline before starting a draft.
- Song fourth draft — feedback was expected from the developmental editor. Feedback received, but not fully processed. The feedback is certainly valuable, I just haven’t grokked the implications or made the decisions I need to.
- blog — did barely any blogging in December. At least I got my health goals update written.
- office clean-up — some work, but not as substantial as I needed.
So, yeah. I’ll call that 2/4 overall, but I spent a lot of good time with my family which I needed, so it was a successful month even without the full panoply of completed creative goals.
Three Things for 2018
Obviously the December outcome isn’t going to move the needle on my 2018 goals much, but here is where things stand at the end of the year.
- finish A Turquoise Song — my decision to engage a developmental editor meant I could not finish this book in 2018, but I have been working on it consistently over the whole year so I count this as a success even if it is incomplete.
- submit my work — a goal in two parts:
- submit Song once it is done
- complete and submit short stories
No change from November — my 2018 Boundary Shock Quarterly stories are done, and I did not query Song.
- produce Livia as an audiobook — effectively abandoned. I made progress on some of the prerequisites (sorting out recording software, learning a bit about post-processing) but I struggled both with a mangled voice from an extended cold and an impossibly cluttered recording environment.I also realise that I am going to have to work very carefully around the other people in the house. My kids are not especially loud, but teenagers are not inherently quiet beings.
Score for the year, therefore, is 2/3, with the only true failure being the audiobook production.
Three Things for 2019
2019 feels like a watershed year already. Many things are likely to come to a conclusion, if not fruition.
Let’s get specific.
- query A Turquoise Song — a goal in three parts:
- prepare a fourth draft — incorporate feedback, make the book good. Target is to have this done by the middle of the year.
- prepare query letter — obviously the initial targets are the agents I talked to at the conference in 2017, but I also want to prepare for querying other agents.
- query — get the book out there. Minimum query count is three.
- short stories — I am finding my relationship to short stories becoming much less contentious, even fruitful!
- several stories to write for Boundary Shock Quarterly
- write and submit four stories to other markets. So that’s one a quarter, and I will mark it as such.
- engage with the writing community — this is a nebulous label for a group of related goals that don’t warrant a top level item to themselves.
- workshop application — I’m going to apply for an intensive workshop. More on that once it’s in hand.
- podcast — one of the things that came out of the inconclusive work on producing Livia as an audiobook was a desire to launch a podcast of some kind. This would be audio-only initially, although I am still searching for a good format.
- cons & confs — I need to be getting out there more. I just do.
Nothing here about the Livia audiobook. That’s not to say I won’t do work on it, but it will be a side project instead.
It’s going to be a good year, I think.
Three Things for January
December hangovers, 2019 enthusiasms.
- Cinnamon Harmonies — finish this draft. I will need to do some plotting first, but the end of the story is not that far away.
- Song fourth draft — process feedback received, develop revision plan.
- blog — restore regular blogging service.
- workshop application — applications will be open soon, so get ready.
Here’s to a substantial 2019!