Then, David updated his yearly schedule and goals on Monday, and I had to think a bit about mine. Once I started, I realized I had a bit to say on the subject and so I decided to push back this week’s post on the Agents Series for a bit of reflecting. I wanted too look and see what I had accomplished and what got kicked aside. Here’s my original list, and looking at it, I am dismayed at the way it hasn’t worked out! My accomplished goals ended up being reconfigured and semi-achieved all over the place!
My original list:
I will lose 15 pounds by May 1. I will cut all artificial sweeteners out of my diet and I will exercise 3 times a week, even if it’s for only 30 minutes a day, through May 1. I will follow the recommendations of my new PR company and work to increase my web presence wisely, thereby increasing my online FB fanbase to 2500 by May 1. I will finish 4 short stories and outline one book by May 1.
This year I’ve: learned that the goals we plan must make way for the interruptions we couldn’t plan for. I’ve known that all along, but this is the first year I didn’t get bent out of shape about it. My health, family members’ health, storms and such got in the way. So, while not all my goals are met, they are well on the way.
Since the goal date in March, I have lost 9 pounds, but it took a lot longer due to a bout with bursitis in my hip. J (Can we say, Faith is getting older? BIC takes its toll!) I successfully cut most artificial sweeteners out except on weekends, when I am at the lab. I have moved toward the healthy exercise goal more slowly, also due to the bursitis, but I walk every day that my hip will allow, and I am lifting weights three times a week. Go me!
The fifth Jane Yellowrock novel has been outlined and the rough draft is 1/3 finished. Only two of the needed new four shorts got written, but two of the anthos were cancelled due to ill health of the anthology editor so I wasn’t too upset. I have one short to write before Sept. 15.
The FaceBook fanbase goal took a hit from my publisher – in a good way. The short stories I was planning to self-pub were bought by my publisher and the release date was pushed back by six months, therefore, I could not use them to build the fanbase. Despite that, the numbers on the fanpage are at a respectable 2494 as I write this. And the pub is promising a huge PR blitz when the shorts come out, which is not something I ever, ever, ever expected.
I have created a FB fan Page for my character Jane Yellowrock, and another for her alter ego, Beast, which has been tremendous fun. I have planned out the new book trailer for Raven Cursed. Well, partially. I still have a way to go on that one.
I agreed to a new book contract, and that changed my plan because dates were moved up for the release of book JY 5 and 6. Therefore I must finish book five in the Jane Yellowrock world by Oct. 1. When the contract was signed, the date was Sept 1, but Dragon Con got in the way ot that.
The co-written short with CE (Catie) Murphy, Easy Pickins’, has had to be fitted in between both of our schedules (horrors) but it nearly done. I loved the world we created!
As I mentioned earlier, health, both mine and family members, (part of the un-plann-able things) got in the way of some goals. I haven’t learned to Eskimo roll in the kayak yet and haven’t paddled as much as I wish because sitting in the boat was impossible most days.
I still have one of Gwen’s books to finish rewriting, and think I’ll be done before leaving for Dragon Con.
I finished the 6-week rewrite and the line-edit of Raven Cursed (4th in the Jane Yellowrock world). It went back to the editor Last Thursday. A few small goals got pushed back because Dragon Con took a lot more time to plan for than I expected, and because Dragon Con was not in my list of goals in the first place. It got shoved into the list and everything took a bit of rearranging. Oh! And I have been heavily into merchandizing for both Rogue Mage world and JY, and that took some time. Time consuming fun!
Both personally and professionally my life has been in flux. But I am going with the flow and getting things done. And the best thing of all, is that I haven’t let the interruptions get to me. I’ve been rearranging as needed and making things work. Hope to see lots of you at Dragon Con!