I’m a strong believer in setting goals and regularly checking my progress throughout the year. I do tend to list pie-in-the-sky big goals that are humanly impossible, although I am doing better at setting realistic and achievable goals. Would I love to finish every project on my plate next year? Absolutely. But I also have to be realistic. I can’t write like a maniac for months on end and think my sanity, family, job, and health won’t suffer. I have to work at balance, and that’s really hard for me.
Instead of listing things in some “priority order” that I’ll throw out the door as soon as I make a new sale *crossing fingers* or a new Bright Shiny Story shows up, I’m going to separate my goals into a couple of different areas.
Contracted or Promised/Committed Projects
- The Road to Shanhasson. Status: Submitted. Goal: Complete editor revisions as assigned. Deadline: TBD.
- Return to Shanhasson. Status: First draft complete. Goal: revise and submit. Deadline: TBD.
- Given In Fire. Status: planning, plotting. Goal: draft, revise, submit. First Draft target: 20-30K. Deadline: TBD.
- Charon’s story. Status: Not started. Goal: plot, build, complete first draft. First Draft target: 70K. Consider as a NaNoWriMo project.
- Letters to An English Professor. Status: On submission. Goal: Agent and/or Sell.
- Night Sun Rising. Status: Revision Xibalba in progress. Goal: complete revision and query. Deadline: 1st quarter 2009. TOP PRIORITY for 2009.
- Arcana. Status: first rough draft complete, some revision planning complete. Goal: devise final revision plan I can actually do, or file for later. This story may be “beyond” me for now.
Pipeline Projects (aka Bright Shinies on the horizon)
- Rayne and Crow. Status: Idea stage. Goal: develop, plot, worldbuild. Deadline: 1st quarter 2009. First draft: 2nd quarter 2009. First draft target: 70K. SECOND PRIORITY for 2009. Explore this idea and see if it’s a go.
- ANTs. Status: <20K first draft, notes. Goal: be prepared to pull proposal together if Letters sells.
- Vicky’s story: Only a go if Letters and ANTs sell (Vicky is Conn’s sister).
- Equus story: From a dream, consider under the Letters “brand.”
Personal Development and Other
- Increase reading, targeting 52 books this year.
- Write another short story to give away
- Utilize spreadsheets to keep better track of progress (I did this in 2007 but got lazy in 2008).
- Continue the Great Agent Hunt.