Q1 2020 GOALS

Writing

The General Idea: Getting back into the swing of things, carving out the time out of each day to get words in.
For the majority of last year, I didn’t take very good care of myself. I started getting better about it in December, and, as expected, I got back into the swing of writing on a regular basis. So… going to continue to work on the healthy body/healthy mind thing… and use that to keep myself on track work-wise.

Goal: Averaging 1,000/words per day, minimum.
This shouldn’t be hard (for me, ymmv). From 2013 - 2018 my average was ~2000-wds/day. And those calculations are for writing 365 days/year. I have a habit of taking weekends and vacations off. In 2013, I didn’t write at all in December (that was the million word year). So 1k average for 3 months, shouldn’t be difficult… I don’t think.

Editing

The General Idea: Chip away at the ENORMOUS stack of drafts that need edits.
I have a nasty habit of finishing drafts, recognizing how much work they need, setting them aside so I can approach them with a clear mind and then…. Putting them off again. It’s not a good practice, and I’m going to work toward eliminating it.

Goal: 2 edits per month.
I’m not talking about full manuscripts, or even copy edits here… though there are two in the pile that need to be fully torn apart in the next few months. The 6 total that I’m hoping to get through by the end of march includes a pair of short stories and a novella’s initial edit (the “how to fix this fuck up” edit) which entails reading through and marking down all the places I’ve left for future Amy to figure out how to connect the pieces past Amy *did* want to write at the time. Things I should have gotten out of the way a long time ago.

Publishing

The General Idea: Get back on a regular publishing schedule.
I didn’t publish a book between November 2017 and November 2019. Which is not something that bothered me quite so much until I actually saw the amount of time written down like that.

Goal: 1 book under the ABK Pen Name… plus some secret stuff that still isn’t post-able.
Announcement about said book is coming soon. I have every faith that it will be out on it’s currently scheduled date, but I’m not going to make any promises until I have something to hand you.

Reading
The General Idea: Get back into my old reading routine
Along with everything else, my dedicated reading time has slipped.

Goal: 15 books
1 Non-Fiction, 1 SF/Fantasy, 1 YA, 1 Graphic Novel, and 1 whatever, each month. It’s the goal I had previously and one that I found pretty easy to stick to. And, while my reading schedule took the same hit that most things did last year… my book buying remained pretty constant, so I definitely have a backlog waiting to be read.

Other Things:
Keep up a consistent blog schedule. (this is honestly a little more for me than you.) I plan to do weekly progress reports. The hope being: I’ll have the ability to pop back and check in on how I’m doing to keep these goals, or reassess if necessary.
Keep my office space clean. Nothing is quite so distracting to me as chores that need doing. I am a stress cleaner. And while, I’m usually able to ignore things by simply leaving the room… my office is the best place to get work done, and too often, I let it get cluttered/become a catch-all.
Plan more travel. Getting away helps clear out my head, even when I’m still working on the books while on the road*. Last year, I got a large portion of the year’s writing done in a cabin at Lake Tahoe having met up with friends.
Be more aware, keep better records. If you read Wednesday's 2019 wrap-up, you know I didn’t have a lot to say. It’s the same with general “what have you been up to?” interactions. I’m busy as all get out… but I have no idea what I’ve been up to. It all just blurs into nothing, and I'm not sure I can blame it on my TLE. I’ll be working with a bujo-style record keeping system to try to fix that.

Have goals you want to share? Let me know!
I hope you've got your goals set for this quarter and the next 3 months see your hopes fulfilled. 
Stay motivated!



*I know a lot of people who get a lot of writing done on airplanes… I get TONS done in airports, waiting for flights. I save the actual plane ride for reading.

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