It’s accounting time again! Me and my goals, first quarter 2014

Long, long ago, when I first came to Germany, I was given the nickname “Nessie” (for my last name), and I liked it so much, I kept it. Who wouldn’t want to be a big green sea monster, after all? Anyway, my son got me this excellent T-Shirt, which I think is very appropriate for a post where I have to fess up to all the things I didn’t accomplish in this round:

Nessie

In case you can’t read the words, they’re “The important thing is that I believe in myself.”

Anyway, on to the accounting for the first Round of Words in 2014:

Writing:

– Write every day, aiming for at least a page, or 250 words. This is really low for me, and once I manage to catch up on the translation, I can raise my goals. At that point, I will also add some specific project goals.

I did work on writing projects almost every day, but it was more revising and editing than creating new words. Still, as long as I continue to work consistently towards my writing goals, I’m pretty happy with myself.

Business:

– Be done with the Big Translation Project by the end of the round

Not quite. I am now on page 257 of 303. At least the finish line is in sight now. Maybe I can get it done before the next round starts.

Writing business:

– Publish Chameleon in a Mirror
DONE!

– Publish Island of Glass

Nope. Only recently got the comments back from the final beta reader, so I’m still working on revisions on that one.

– Publish “The Shadow Artist”
Nada.

– Upload “Leaving Sweater” to Smashwords and make it free
‘Fraid not.

– Publish Shadow of Stone to B&N, Smashwords and D2D
DONE!

– Publish “Mars, A Traveler’s Guide” to Amazon and make it free
No such luck.

– Make Author Page for Amazon.de and Amazon.uk

I made my author page for Amazon UK! It’s not live yet, though. I’ll provide the link when I have it. I still need to do Amazon.de.

– Update my blog’s book page
DONE!! You can see the new page here.

– Submit a short story a week to traditional publishers

Not quite. I submitted four short stories this round, of which three have already been rejected. I added this goal late, but I still should have had twice the submissions. Maybe next time!

I did have a long list of goals, and the translation is keeping me very busy, so despite all the goals I didn’t achieve, I’m still pretty happy. Hope the rest of you are too!

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15 thoughts on “It’s accounting time again! Me and my goals, first quarter 2014”

  1. It sounds like you made great progress on your goals. Congrats!

    I love the T-shirt! I can’t say that I have any that are that entertaining, though I once went to a showing of Twilight wearing a Buffy the Vampire Slayer T-shirt, just to see if anyone would get the joke. (They did–my friends are, apparently, as zany as I am…)

  2. Wow, that’s quite a list! =)

    If you didn’t make them all, that means you’ve got a head start on your round 2 goals, right? You made plenty, and that shirt is a cool message on so many levels!

    My you get through those last pages, and be able to shift your focus to other things, at least for a while!

  3. Love the shirt. 🙂 I, unfortunately, fell flat on my goals and my posts. That darn book launch thing got in the way. You had quite a few more goals than I did, and managed to make headway on some and tick others off the list. Congrats!

  4. I agree with everyone about the shirt–I’m off to check out the site in a bit. Also, you did nail several of your goals, so *confetti* for those! I like Shan’s take, too–ready made goals for ROund 2!

    Nearly all of my writing time was spent more in contemplation and character-building, but like you, I’m happy that the time was spent on that instead of the usual binge TV (blush). I accomplished a handful of goals, so I’m happy..

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