I’m back!! I have no idea where this will go. But I’m planning my editorial calendar for 2018. I’m not sure if I’ll post much between now and January 1. But I do have a plan.
So, stay tuned.
And, I really have not given up on my writing goals. They have been adjusted, however.
More on that later.
If you’re still here, thanks. You deserve a prize.
One of my goals for the week ending was to resume blogging. I’ve done that. I’ve written my blog post due dates on my calendar. I posted Friday and today. My schedule will be Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday.
The second was to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo. I set up my profile and my project. I joined and became active in a cabin. Yesterday Camp NaNo launched. I wrote. Yay! My goal for July’s Camp NaNo is 20,000 words. Definitely a reasonable number.
I have three goals for next week.
- Continue working on my Camp NaNo story. I’d like to have at least 4,000 words by bedtime Tuesday 7/5.
- Work out at least four days-aerobic component all four days, weight machine work out on three of those days concentrating on upper body.
- Add a blog post Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
Did you meet your goals for this past week? If not what can you do differently to meet your goals? What’s on your calendar for the upcoming week? What project most excites you right now?
Yeah, I know I posted a few weeks ago that I decided to stop blogging. Still not my favorite. But for some reason I cannot identify I work more on my fiction when I keep to a blogging schedule. Weird.
So, July 1 I undertake two writing endeavors:
- I start Camp NaNoWriMo with a goal of 20,000 words on my story
- I return to my blog
I’ll be blogging three days each week. Most likely Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday. Sunday will probably usually be a weekend wrap up and a list of goals for the upcoming week. But not always.
The first full week of my April goal plan is over. How did I do? Great! I met all my goals for the week-YAY!!
- I wrote 3676 words (goal -3000)
- I posted three times on my blog (goal -three posts)
- I worked on my short story on Tuesday (goal -work on short story every Tuesday)
- I decided to enter ICL’s novel writing contest (goal -make a firm decision by mid month)
Did you set goals for the week? The month? Do you have a longterm plan? Are you on track to meet your goals?
Yes, I know it’s a weed. I know most people cringe when they see them in their yards. But, I think it’s pretty, happy, joyous even. That yellow shouts “Spring!” And, it makes me happy. Color me weird.
What does a photo of a dandelion in my yard have to do with my April goals? Well, other than the bright, happy color makes me smile, dandelions are tenacious, strong, stubborn. In short, they never give up. Ever. Mow them down? Sure. They are back the next day.
That’s my motto for my goals. So I didn’t meet my goals for March. I learned from them. And I’m still here. Strong. Stubborn.
I carried over my weekly word count goal, but set more concrete dates. I also carried over revising the short story I’m working on. I’m letting go of the nonfiction piece for a couple of months.
- Add 3k words per week to my WIP due on April 9, 16, 23, 30
- Blog posts due on April 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29
- Short story revision-work on this every Tuesday
- Make a firm decision about whether or not to enter the Institute of Children’s Literature‘s novel contest (entry due by 6/15/16)
Ambitious list, for sure. But, like the strong, stubborn, happy dandelion, I stand on my deep roots, refusing to give up.
Do you have some goals for April? How are you positioning yourself to meet them?
So at the beginning of the year I tasked myself with posting two blog posts per week with an eye to evaluate my progress mid-year and hopefully increase my posting frequency. Yeah, I’m not there yet. But I refuse to give up no matter how tired and lazy I become.
One tool I use, although not enough, is Evernote. I love that I can use it across platforms. I’m not sure anyone has fully tapped its versatility.
As soon as I post this blog I’m going to open my goals that I already set up in Evernote, evaluate where I am on each one, whether I want to keep each goal or not, and tweak the timetables on the ones I’m keeping. And maybe add one or two.
In the spirit of Earth Day, here’s a picture of my border collie, Jack, on a trail in Cane Ridge Park.
Jack at Cane Ridge Park