Every year I set goals and put them out there, in hopes I’ll stay focused. Today, I thought I’d review my 2014 goals and the results, to show how goals vs. real life works for a writer. Some goals get checked off, others fall short, and sometimes you accomplish something nowhere near your radar. Those accomplishments are often better than anything you had planned. Goals are exactly that. Something to shoot for, and if you hit it – GO YOU! If you don’t – GO FOR IT NEXT YEAR!
Turns out, 2014 was no joke. Let’s see how I did. (Wrote a song about it. Wanna hear it? Here it go!):
- Promote the Heckyll Jeckyll & Hyde out of co-authored release. I did this! The book was released in January and I’m pleased as punch with the results.
- Finish latest co-authored WIP & submit it to editor. Uhm, or not? This didn’t happen. This book baby is going to be longer than our standard 60k, there was a lot of stuff going on in our personal lives, etcetera, etcetera. We’re trying again this year.
- Finish contemporary WIP. I did this. Finished it in March.
- Query contemporary. I did this too. 🙂 The best part is, my agent loved it! Yep, this book baby put my agent, Nicole, and I together. That’s one of the highlights of 2014 and it wasn’t something I could plan. I honestly never thought it’d happen. I wanted it to happen, but for all my confidence, I’m as filled with self-doubt as anyone.
- Attend Moonlight & Magnolias. Oh, this happened. If you were there, YOU KNOW! It was a blast, as always.
- Teach workshop at two writer meetings. Check. EMichels and I led our workshop at two meetings and at M&M. There were wands.
- Begin new contemporary romance and get near the half-way point. Not s’much. Here’s the thing: I wrote 1/4th of a book, then I stopped writing that story all together because that series isn’t going to come to fruition right now. Instead, on the advice of my agent, I wrote a completely different book, set in a different series, in its entirety, and it’s now in the capable hands of my critique partners. Again, I didn’t plan this, but trust me, it’s way better than what I had planned. Funny how that happens, huh?
- Get back into my pre-baby jeans. This happened! I’m amazed. The jeans are now hopelessly out of style (until they come back in style), but I accomplished something even better. I found peace with my body image (only took about 40 yrs), and it has nothing to do with my size. I’ll blog more about this and how it relates to our craft in a few months, so stay tuned.
My goals for 2015 and some predictions that are silly, but no less true:
- For real this time, finish the co-authored WIP and share it with the world.
- Revise, edit, and tweak my contemporary WIP until my eyeballs fall out.
- Go on submission with said WIP. (eek! meep! *hides under desk with Bucky Bears*)
- Blog monthly on my website. I’ve left my writer website to float aimlessly for about the last 8 months. I have plenty to blog about, that may or may not be related to writing, and there’s no excuse for me not to have fun and/or informative content over there. So…yeah. That’s gonna happen.
- Go on a huge vacation and celebrate turning the big 4-0. This is the big time, Bad Girlz of the world! This means I change census categories and everything. One might think it also means I’ll grow up, but I’ve accepted that’s never gonna happen.
- On that note: See Avengers: Age of Ultron ELEVENTYMILLION times, obsess over it, and fret about Cap3 for an entire year. (I wish I was being even a little bit facetious about this. I’m not.)
- Attend Moonlight & Magnolias and soak up all the writer-y goodness and conference fun.
- Write more books. Tell more stories. Write solo, co-write, write tiny stories for anthologies, do all the writing. Because you know what? Even when it drives me crazy, even when it breaks my heart, writing is my thing and it’s a thing I love.
How was your 2014? What do you hope to accomplish in 2015? Any goals you’d like to share? I wish you guys all of the luck in the world!