For some reason, I always seem to forget about these quarterly goals. I really need to write them down somewhere where I can see them on a daily basis because I’m not getting them done until I realize they are due (basically, when I look back my quarterly goals blog posts). I did get a lot of my goals done, but not in a decent time frame and not in a way I like…
Quarter Three Goals
– Participate in Camp NaNoWriMo (50K words; Hunters’ Betrayal) – COMPLETE
– Finish first on-paper edit of Endless Starry Nights
– Complete first draft of Hunters’ Betrayal – COMPLETE
– Create marketing plan for Puck’s Choice
– Complete first draft of untitled dragon prequel (3 chapters left)
To explain further, I’ll take each goal separately.
Participate in Camp NaNoWriMo (50K words; Hunters’ Betrayal)
I completed this. I succeeded at Camp NaNoWriMo, but I did not write what I wanted to write. In fact, I wrote almost nothing on Hunters’ Betrayal. That’s a lie. I did work on it. I added just under 26,000 (26K) to the manuscript. I spent the rest of Camp working on various other projects as I seem to do every Camp NaNoWriMo. *sigh*
Finish first on-paper edit of Endless Starry Nights
Back in 2015, a friend and I completely outlined Endless Starry Nights with the idea that we’d each write the novel based on the outline in our different writing styles so that readers would end up with two different novels based around the same outline.
Things happened and he had to drop it from his list of things to do, but I continued it and he offered to be an alpha reader, so I sent the roughest rough draft to him, but he hasn’t had a chance to read through any of it yet. I’m not in a hurry. I had originally planned on releasing it next year, but I’m willing to wait because I do want his opinion on it.
Complete first draft of Hunters’ Betrayal
This is done. Remember the 26K I wrote for Camp NaNoWriMo? Well, I took a huge chunk of that writing and turned Hunters’ Betrayal into a novella. I highlighted this plan in my Shifters & Mages series update. I still need to finish Warren and Scott’s tales, because my plan is to release all three novellas as a collection.
But the first draft of Hunters’ Betrayal is done! That’s progress!
Create marketing plan for Puck’s Choice
I’ve actually started on this a little. I have a bunch of ideas at least. Most of them are listed in my publishing plan, but nothing will be finalized until I’m ready to set everything in motion, which is not where I am yet. So this is… half-done? I really shouldn’t have added this to my to-do list until I was closer to being ready for publication and setting everything up to hit the ground running.
Complete first draft of untitled dragon prequel (3 chapters left)
First things first, I remembered the title of this novella. It’s called Spelling an Elemental Dragon and it’s the first in a series about dragon shapeshifters and relates to Merlin and Morgana le Fey.
When I first started planning this novella, I had only ten chapters and each chapter was only about 2K long, but there was so much I was missing and too much I was skipping. So I added a third part and five more chapters to round up the first novella and bring it all into the modern day.
I still may add another part because there still feels like there’s pieces missing. And actually, I might get rid of the parts completely and just create more chapters to fill in the missing information. I don’t know yet. We shall see.
I participated in a blog hop.
Jo Linsdell invited me to take part of a month-long blog hop in the month of August. The idea was to have 31 readers and everyone post a single post during the month. It didn’t quite work out the way it was initially planned, but that’s OK. It was a lot of fun and I had a blast working with the author readers on the blog hop.
I created a logo for my future publishing company.
When CLP was first looking at closing, I was asked if I wanted to take it over, and while I would have loved to, I knew I wasn’t ready for everything (especially the tax side of the business). However, I knew that someday I would want to create a small press with a handful of authors – those who didn’t want to handle the business side of publishing and just wanted to write. I know a couple of people who are already at that stage, but I’m not ready to handle anyone else’s projects but my own at the moment.
Still, the goal is to have everything ready to go by 2020. So, a logo is a good starting point.
I participated in the #Sept100KChallenge.
It was tough. I had to write 3334 daily. It was hard. Really hard.
I started my YouTube channel again.
I’ve been missing since May, and since December/January before that. Yeah… Working on that…
Quarter Four Goals
- Complete first draft of Warren’s Rage
- Complete first draft of Mages’ Sacrifice
- Complete re-write of Jenna’s Story
- Complete re-write of Scott’s Investigation
- Start marketing plan for Shifters & Mages series
- Participate in NaNoWriMo
- Establish goals for new year
- Apply to three (3) conventions as an author
We’ll see how these goals go… Feel free to prod me every once in a while and ask me where everything stands. Maybe that will help me stay on track of my goals.
Do you have quarterly goals? How do you measure the amount of success you’ve had each month? Do you track it any way?
Previously on 2017 Quarterly Goals: