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May The Goals Be Completed

Hello, all! It’s the day you have long waited for…Goal Post Day.

But before we get to the main event, we’re going to take a look back at April’s goals.

—Participate in and (if possible) win Camp NaNoWriMo

Well, I did this. I both participated in and won April’s Camp session. My goal was set at 25,000 words because I foolishly believed that might be enough words to get me to the end of my WIP, Full Circle (Book 3 of my fantasy series).

Yeah. It wasn’t.

So I’m not feeling particularly like I actually accomplished anything here, but I did technically complete the goal.

—Figure out April’s monthly marketing attempt and, you know, do it

I think I did this. I don’t know if it exactly counts as marketing, but I asked my social media followers to choose a number corresponding to pages in my current WIP (Full Circle), then shared snippets of the scenes on the chosen pages.

Thank you to everyone who helped me out with this experiment, by the way. It’s much appreciated.

—Read a book

I’m not sure, but I think I may have read two. Look at me go!

Walk at least three miles every day

I slacked off a couple of days, especially toward the end of the month, but my daily average is still decent. I logged nearly 122 miles in April, for an average of just over 4 miles per day.

Now for something completely different…May’s goals!

Sure, they may look pretty much identical to April’s goals, but that’s only because I am really not great at actually completing projects.

—Finish the first draft of Full Circle

Because it STILL isn’t done. And I’m super happy about that. (Narrator: She was, in fact, NOT happy about that.)

—Figure out May’s marketing attempt and, you know, do it

Anyone want to do this one for me? I’m just so tired. And also, I really hate marketing in any form.

—Walk at least three miles a day

Because everything else about my lifestyle is incredibly unhealthy.

How about you? Do you have any goals for the merry month of May?

Thanks for stopping by, all! Stay safe and well!

Headed Off to Camp (and Other Goals)

Hold on to your hats, cats and kittens. It’s goal post day on My Pet Blog.

First up, however, is a quick review of how I did with last month’s goals…

Add words to Part III of Full Circle

I did this, actually. I added 6,276 words to the manuscript. I’m not sure whether any of those words are the right ones for the story, but that’s the second draft’s problem.

Figure out March’s monthly marketing attempt and, you know, do it

I did this, too. I can’t remember what, exactly, I did, which means it was probably super successful, but I did do something because it’s crossed out in my book. Go me!

—Read a damn book

Hahaha! I read two books! I’m on a roll now!

Walk at least three miles a day

As of the writing of this post, I have walked an average of 3.3 miles each day.

Now for April’s goals…

Participate in and (if possible) win Camp NaNoWriMo

The first Camp NaNoWriMo session of the year starts on Thursday. After asking my social media buds for their opinion, I am announcing that my goal this month will be to finish the first draft of Full Circle. Somehow, that WIP received 3x the votes over other projects. I wasn’t expecting that, and now I’m feeling a lot of pressure to actually achieve this goal (seriously—people really want to read this book?), but we’ll see what happens.

Because I have no idea how to actually finish this book.

—Figure out April’s monthly marketing attempt and, you know, do it

I really need to try to plan these things out ahead of time. But even just typing that sentence made me want to crawl under my desk.

—Read a book

Let’s see if I can keep the streak alive!

—Walk at least three miles every day

I have nothing to add to this. It’s just a small attempt to inject a little healthiness in my otherwise completely unhealthy lifestyle.

On that note, I’m outta here.

What are your goals for April? Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo? (my username is M.J. Fifield, if you’re looking for some buddies…)

Stay safe & well, all.

March Goals

It’s the beginning of the month, which means it’s time for another action-packed installment of….my monthly goals.

First up, however, is a quick look back at February’s goals and any progress I may have made on those…

I think I may have done this. I mean, I think it’s at least okay enough for the first draft. I suspect the second draft will bring with it some changes, but what else would a second draft do, right?

  • Figure out and complete my February marketing attempt

Yeah, so…I had thought about putting the Terrible Romance Novel (Fine. Love & Other Lies. Whatever.) on sale during Valentine’s Day weekend because it was pointed out to me that I had, in fact, written a romance novel (a fact that, in fact, had not occurred to me earlier) and that Valentine’s Day may be a good tie-in or whatever, but then I…didn’t. Because of course I didn’t.

I did, technically, do something in the way of marketing, but it was quite sad and pathetic and I don’t want to say anything more about it.

I cannot stress enough how NOT GOOD at this I am.

  • Read a damn book

I actually did this. It took me until the end of February, but I finally read a book this year. I am so very sad that this is an achievement.

  • Walk at least three miles every day

I fell short a few days, but the overall average was good. As of the writing of this post, I averaged 3.8 miles per day.

MARCH GOALS

  • Add words to Part III of Full Circle

Last month, I had to kill some darlings, an act which thrilled me to no end. I mean, fine, whatever, maybe the story is at least slightly better for it, and cutting that dead weight allowed me to finish Parts I and II of the story, but whatever. I’m totally not bitter about it or anything.

Anyway, the goal this month is to make some headway on Part III. There’s really nothing standing in my way of real progress here except for, you know, me, so…yeah. We’ll see how it goes.

  • Figure out March’s monthly marketing attempt and then, you know, do it

I was thinking about dropping this goal entirely because it’s making me feel…things. None of them particularly good. But I’m going to try to stick with it a little longer. We’ll see how it goes.

  • Read a damn book

Let’s see if I can keep the streak alive.

  • Walk at least three miles a day

Or, you know, at least on average. The dogs like to walk, so this really shouldn’t be a problem.

I don’t know what the hell this is, but it made me laugh. My dogs don’t actually walk like this, and I think our neighborhood is the poorer for it.

And on that note…I’m outta here. What are your goals for the month?

Thanks for stopping by. Stay safe and well, all.

February Goals

It’s the beginning of the month, which means it’s time for another action-packed installment of MY MONTHLY GOALS!

But before we get to the main event, here’s a brief recap of what I accomplished last month. (And it’s definitely brief for the sake of post length. Definitely not because I didn’t accomplish very much. Definitely.)

JANUARY ACCOMPLISHMENTS

—I added 5,700 words to Full Circle.

I started out the year having some third act issues, so I concentrated on finishing some of the incomplete scenes in the first two acts while my brain worked on the third act problems in the background. This was marginally successful. I wrote words, I deleted words, I ended up with a problem that I shall discuss more in February’s goals. So, progress is being made. Albeit very slow progress.

—I attempted some marketing.

My January Marketing Attempt (that’s a generous use of the words ‘marketing’ and ‘attempt’, by the way…) was to offer to mail bookmarks/postcards for my books to any interested readers. It’s the kind of thing that would be handed out at book events, had I any book events on my schedule. One person took me up on the offer, and judging by the email I received in response, it may even lead to a sale. So…successful-ish? (Yes, you’re probably (rightfully) laughing at me for thinking this could count as some sort of success, but please keep in mind that I am in a serious ‘remedial marketing for anxiety-ridden dummies’ place)

(Also, if you’re in the US & would like some bookmarks of your very own, I’ll be happy to send some your way. Just email or DM me or something.)

—As of the moment I wrote this post, I walked a total of 98 miles in January.

I aim for three miles every day and was, admittedly, lazier in January than normal, but the daily average was almost 3.2 miles. That is what the kids call…

FEBRUARY GOALS

—Figure out the main villain arc in Full Circle

As is often the case in everything I write, the story shape-shifts in unexpected ways, forcing me to rethinking/redraw certain character arcs and storylines and the like. Full Circle has proven to be no different. Yay.

I started reconstructing this arc toward the end of last month and had a brief moment of thinking it might all work out with little reconstruction on every other damn part of the WIP.

Yeah. That’s over now. I wrote out everything I know and don’t know about this arc and from that developed a list of eight items that still need to be addressed in order for this arc to be complete and maybe even (that’s a big MAYBE, by the way…) make some semblance of sense. (Apparently, that’s important to a story? I dunno. That’s just what I hear.)

As much as I may like to, I don’t think I can’t put it off any longer because this arc naturally has a hand in the main plot as well as the subplot. So I think if I want to make any further progress on this WIP, I will have to suck it up and do some deep thinking.

—Figure out & complete my February Marketing Attempt

Can I just say again how much I hate this? I just feel so very clearly NOT cut out for this line of work.

—Read a damn book

Though there are, like, five new releases sitting on the side table in the living room—books I was soooooo excited to pre-order and read—I have yet to even open any of them.

Seriously. What the hell is WRONG with me?

—Walk at least three miles every day

Just looking to stay somewhat active.

And on that note…I’m outta here.

What are your goals for February?

Be safe and well, all.

Here We Go Again

Hello, everyone! Welcome to 2021!

As is my tradition, today’s post will be all about my goals for the coming year. Keep in mind that these are big, year-long goals that will be (in theory, anyway) broken down into monthly, weekly, and daily goals.

The Writing Goals

  1. Finish the first draft of Full Circle

Full Circle is the third book in my fantasy series. This goal is a carryover from last year’s goals. I’d like to say that I came close to completing it, but I don’t think I really can. Too much time writing pointless conversations about goats and not enough time writing actual, useful plot that, you know, moves the story forward.

I hope to correct that this year.

For anyone keeping score at home, this WIP is currently sitting at 232,924 words.

2. Finish the first draft of the Terrible Romance Sequel

This is, of course, the sequel to the Terrible Romance Novel (aka Love & Other Lies) that I started during NaNoWriMo last November. I haven’t looked at it since November 30th, and it’s not my top priority this year, but I hope that I’ll get a chance to finish it at some point.

Its word count is currently sitting at 51,309. There’s even a chance that some of it may be useable. Fingers crossed!

3. Participate in all three NaNoWriMo sessions this year (April, July, and November)

This goal makes the list because I am the ML (municipal liaison) for my region. Participating in events comes with the territory. At this point, I have absolutely no idea what I’ll be working on those three months, and I won’t know until I see where the aforementioned WIPs are when the events get closer. The Camp sessions in April and July offer participants more goal flexibility, so it won’t necessarily be a 50k word goal each time out.

4. Attempt to make some attempt at marketing once a month

This goal is deliberately vague to give me as much wiggle room on this as freaking possible because I DO NOT WANT TO DO THIS GOAL. Like, at all. You should have seen how long it took me to add the damn goal to the list. I can’t stress enough how stressed out I am even thinking about this stupid goal.

The Other Goals

  1. Read 52 books

Haven’t managed this one the last few years, but maybe 2021 will be different?

2. Improve fitness

In theory, this will be a multi-step kind of thing. I’ll be keeping my three-miles-a-day goal but attempting to add in yoga and strength training and some aerobics and things of that nature.

I actually did some yoga, strength training, and aerobics yesterday. And today, I feel great. Really.

3. Drink more water/Reduce caffeine intake

I was doing a terrible job of hydrating toward the end of the year and was drinking entirely too much soda, so here’s when I attempt to, you know, stop doing that. Please note the part where it says “REDUCE caffeine intake.” Not eliminate entirely. Gotta keep these things realistic.

4. De-clutter

It just really needs to be done. I am such a scary pack rat. It’s sad, really. And yeah, I know this was also on the 2020 goal list and I got as far as looking at the closet in my office and saying, “Ugh, I can’t even” but maybe it’ll be different this year.

And on that note, I’m outta here.

Hope you have a very happy and healthy 2021.

Stay safe and well!