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New Year’s Eve Goal Review December 31, 2010

Every year I set new goals for myself and for my writing. I posted my writing goals for 2010 on this blog along with my focus statement and my Top Five Priority List. You’ll see that again in the New Year. But for now, I want to check my list to see how well I did in 2010. 
My Writing Goals for 2010
*finish 4th book revision, possibly make it a single title DONE
*enter 4 contests at a minimum with 4th MS, including the MAGGIES and GH DONE
*start fifth first draft of story plotted loosely during a writing workshop DONE
*work on fifth first draft during TOUR DE FORCE in February STARTED IN NOVEMBER 
*write every day except for high days DONE
*continue querying agents and editors with 3rd MS DONE
*send partial request and synopsis to agent for 4th MS DONE
*maintain daily blog REVISED TO 3X A WEEK
*continue guest blogging on Romance Magicians DONE
*judge writing contests DONE — judged 3 that I can remember
*attend Moonlight and Magnolias Writing Conference DONE
*attend RWA National Conference DONE
*pitch 4th book at both conferences DONE
*help with PRO Retreat DONE
*continue learning and growing in my craft with online courses and craft books DONE
*read for fun DONE but would like to increase time spent reading for pleasure
*get a domain name DONE 
*coordinate online workshops for the Heart of Dixie DONE
*find a co-chair for the online workshop coordination DONE
*work on YA idea over the summer Played with the YA idea on Scrivener
*realize that life happens and enjoy the detours Yup, done!
*set top 5 priority list and review it regularly to maintain my focus DONE
*be courageous, strong and focused on my dreams and goals DONE

Wow, I accomplished almost everything I asked myself to do this year. I love this list. And I love all the DONEs. These were reasonable and attainable goals. I can’t wait to see what my list looks like in the new year after I sit down and think about 2011. I’m excited about all the upcoming possibilities and new directions I will go as a writer. 

What goals did you set for the year? Did you revisit them? If you haven’t set goals yet, I encourage you to write them down and post them somewhere (publicly or privately). Share your victories and celebrate your successes. 

Focus on what you have accomplished this year and reward yourself for all your hard work.

And now it’s time to usher in another new year with some champagne and dark chocolate.

Seekerville Goal Setting Post
Word Wenches Procrastination Post


To-do Lists and Moving On to the Next Project August 28, 2009

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The to-do list is shrinking–wahoo!

*box up books for my adopted mom in Australia DONE
*mail boxed books DONE
*meet a friend and reconnect cause I miss her sunny disposition: We talked and trying to reschedule
*organize a trip to Asheville with a friend. CALLING TODAY

*letter to newspaper watchdog group regarding our HOA being held hostage by our subdivision’s developer
*phone calls regarding the situation
*emails to some people regarding the situation/planning ahead

*read through MS and look for white spaces and odd typos SKIPPED IT — can’t face the pages for the zillionth time

*read through and edit synopsis again DONE
*letter for submissions DONE
*put together submissions for the people who requested DONE
*send away and poof, gone… DONE
*write a quick and dirty story without worrying about structure for fifth MS TODAY
*print out the LHAofE grid WILL DO TODAY
*deliver more HOD Workshop flyers. WILL DO TODAY

I received my scores for another contest today–I averaged 103/120 — 5th in line. Two judges scored me in the 100s and one gave me a 62/120! Ha ha ha…good thing I’ve had more positive feedback about my sex scenes in the past–but it was an excellent exercise and the other two judges did give me major kudos for the sex scene (published author and award winning unpublished author). It was a contest about sexual tension, and I sent in an actual sex scene. Next year, I’ll send in a tension scene if I am not published. Oh well, I know the writing is solid and it is for the book that finaled in the MAGGIES, so I am not feeling too bruised about the bottom dweller score. I looked at the other sets of scores and the comments were about the same–so I guess I’ll focus on the positive aspects and punt the negative ones.

I don’t want to fix the book again unless someone pays me to do it, or any agent asks me to do it to help her pitch it to a certain publisher. Starting today, it’s all new stuff. FINALLY MOVING ON and I CAN’T WAIT!! I am glad I have something new to focus on as I wait for the publishers and agent to read my material and get back to me with their comments.


The Ticking Clock July 5, 2009

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I am one week away from our trip to DC. I have my pitch (must practice more), my wardrobe, my roommate (yay!), and my editor/agent appointments. I’m set. Sort of. I haven’t had a chance to go through the schedule and decide what I will do when and where during the none scheduled events. And there appears to be a lot to do while I am there and not enough of me to do it all.

Someone suggested making a grid. Good idea, but I’m more calendar/time oriented. I plan to plug in all the MUSTS and then I’m working in the workshops I really want to attend. I confess I have no idea what to do when not at all the planned parties, but I believe I have one small event on Friday night to attend with my roommate. I haven’t made dinner reservations or anything like that, but I know I want to go to some of my favorite type of restaurants while I am there (read “Lebanese“). I heard the bar is a good spot to go to and hang. I might do that, but watch the number of drinks I have in front of potential editors/agents LOL.
I need to make a complete packing list–but other than that I believe I am good to go!
It is what it is what it is–and the most important parts for me is the editor/agent appointments, PRO Retreat and the camaraderie with other writers who love this crazy craft.

New Goals for a New Year January 4, 2009

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Christmas is stripped away and the house is empty of all holiday distractions. School starts in two sleeps and life will become more routine and regulated in the days ahead. The new family calendar is hung on the fridge and is brimming with activities for me, my daughter and more. Travel arrangements are made for two weekends and one full week before we even reach the month of April.

And fresh writing and time to do it is opening up like a well of opportunity for me to drop in my ideas.

Today I will reset my goals on paper, print them out and post them somewhere where I can torture myself with the desire to achieve them. This process helps me regain my focus. And, at the end of the year, I will have the satisfaction of reviewing how many of my personal and career goals I’ve achieved.

I’ve always been a list maker, so setting down my goals in concrete terms helps me because I can check each accomplishment off one-by-one, day-by-day, month-by-month.

The biggest goal I have is to actively market my books. That will take courage and conviction and a tough skin.

But I’ve got all three. They’ve been hard-won and I don’t take them for granted.