The One With The Goals

I know it’s technically still November, but it’s close enough to December that today is goal post day on My Pet Blog, y’all!

First up, a look back at November’s goals…


Win NaNoWriMo 2020

I did this. I actually won on November 23rd, which is, to date, my quickest win yet.

Sure, the Terrible Romance Sequel isn’t finished yet, and I still have no idea how I’m supposed to make it work (or even if I CAN make it work) but I think I’m intrigued enough by these two characters that I will be putting in the effort to make it work.

And also, the way this story (or, you know, what exists of it thus far) did play out led me to a possible third and fourth installment of the Terrible Romance Series.

Which is totally what I was hoping would happen.

Walk at least three miles a day

Though I did not walk three miles a day, my daily average (as of the writing of this post) is around 3.6 miles per day. Which means I could totally take the rest of the month off from walking and still make my goal.

I won’t do that, though. But I could.


December is typically the month where I scramble to meet the goals I set for myself back in January. This month is no different. But it is a little bit. Like, I’m still getting goals to try to cross off as many 2020 goals as possible, but I don’t have very high hopes for my ability to do it and I’m okay with that. I’m just going to do what I can and go from there.

Complete first draft of Full Circle

This is the third book in my fantasy series. I was hoping to finish the first draft in October. That didn’t work out. I pretty much spent all of October spinning my wheels and not getting anywhere. So this month is my last-ditch effort to figure it out.

Read seven books

I am seven books away from meeting my Goodreads challenge. Time to break out the graphic novels, kids!

Walk at least three miles every day

It is always good to avoid becoming part of one’s couch whenever one can. Or so I’m told. Besides, the dogs like to walk.

Organize family photos & comic book collection

This is the last-ditch effort to meet that ‘declutter and downsize’ goal I set back in January. That’s definitely NOT happening this year, so this month I’m going to set two smaller goals that will be small steps toward working on this project next year. Or ignoring it completely, as the case may be.

And on that note, I’m outta here.

As always, thanks for stopping by. I’ll try to do better the next time!

10 Commentsto The One With The Goals

  1. Well done on those November goals! And congrats on winning NaNo!

    I’ve got about five books left to read to hit my Goodreads goal. We’ve got this, no problem. 🙂

  2. Kate says:

    Congrats on winning NaNo! I’m not going to reach my reading goal this year either, for the first time in years. I blame the lockdown and the fact I couldn’t go to the library for a couple of months.

    • M.J. Fifield says:

      I actually made a lot of use of our library’s ebook section…and I still am seven books behind. Nowhere else to put the blame except on me being lazy.

  3. Congrats on hitting 50K in Nano. It sounds like you did well this year.

  4. Liz A. says:

    Congrats on winning NaNo. As for 2020 goals, remember, you made them in January, before the whole world shut down with an actual plague. That you got any of your yearly goals done is amazing. Even if only partway. Our brains have been dealing with stressors that are unprecedented. That means you get to give this year a pass.

    Oh, quick question: Do you have a preferred retailer for your books? I’m doing books for Christmas presents this year.

    • M.J. Fifield says:

      I do feel more mellow about my lack of progress on my goals this year, and I actually accomplished more of my yearly goals than I thought I would. More signs that 2020 is just a weird year all around, I guess.

  5. J E Oneil says:

    Nice! Good for you. You’re building a regular series there, aren’t you?

    Considering what a mess 2020 has been, it’s a miracle anyone has gotten anything done.

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