Sunday, July 17, 2016

Weekly Goals 18-7-16 (sort of)

As I don't have any weekly goals this week (at least not any worth reporting on), let's do a long-overdue check in on the goals I set myself at the beginning of the year to see how I'm tracking thus far…

My original letter to myself is in standard text, my notes on how I'm tracking are in italics.

Yes, it's that time again... My annual letter to myself about what I hope to achieve in the year. Let's hope 2016 is the year I actually DO everything on the list.

Dear Me,

I feel a lot like 2015 was spent in a holding pattern. I did several revisions on old books and only managed to write one new one. I didn’t even manage to finish revising my 2014 NaNo novel!

So that’s my number one goal for 2016. To finish revising My Murder Year, get it critiqued and Beta’d and sent off to my agents. It’s definitely time for them to see something new from me.

Done!  And now it has been revised with notes from my agents, and sent back.  We shall see if they like the new version or not...

My second goal is to write a new book. I have an idea that’s been simmering for a while. I had planned to write it during NaNo 2015, but revisions came in at just the wrong time for me to be able to. So I’ll get that written. It’s another YA, but definitely for the older end of the spectrum.

Well, sort of…  I didn't write that simmering book - that's still hanging around in my brain, waiting for me to figure out the best way to tell it - but I did write just over 40K on a new book in May.  Not sure I'll do anything with those words at this stage, but they're there if I do fall in love with that idea again.

During the June 2015 NaNo Camp, I wrote a new book which I haven’t even glanced at since I wrote ‘the end’. In 2016 I will revise this book. I don’t have a title for it yet, so it’s currently called Sam and Amy after the two main characters, a trans-gender kid from a traditional Chinese family and a girl who considers herself the town slut. I’m kind of terrified about how bad it might be after not looking at it for so long, but I always am.

I've just revisited this one as part of a process to decide what to work on next.  And this is my next project.  So expect to hear more about Sam and Amy over the upcoming months.

And that’s it for writing goals for now. The rest are just hopes… I hope I get a book deal this year. I hope the new opportunity my agent thinks she may have found for An Unstill Life works out. I’ve been very frustrated by the fact it’s not available for sale since Musa closed, yet is available on all kinds of pirate sites. Especially since I get emails from readers all the time, wanting to know where to buy it.

Still nothing on this front.  And it's still showing up on more and more pirate sites.  I guess I should be flattered, right?  Especially when people give 5 star reviews to it on Goodreads.

On the work front, I’m feeling good about the new year. I learned so much last year, I actually feel like I know my job reasonably well, and can go into 2016 much more confidently that I went into 2015. There will be new challenges and new things to learn, of course, but I feel like I’m in a good starting place to take those new things on.

Things are ticking along nicely at work.  We have performance reviews coming up, so I guess I'll find out then how the bosses feel I'm doing.

As usual I will promise to try to be more active with my critique group. I’m going to try and schedule a night for doing this. It may mean one less writing night, but at least I won’t be consumed with guilt about not doing the number of critiques I know I should be doing.

Um…  I'm hopeless.  I just can't get myself to do the amount I know I should.  But then, this year everyone in the group is super busy with publishing etc, so I'm not alone in going weeks without reviewing.  Not that it's any real excuse.

And as usual, I will pledge to lose weight (which I won’t) and to go to the gym more often (which I will try to do).

Let's not even talk about this one…  

And that’s it from me… We’ll check in toward the middle of the year to see how I’m getting on.

X Me!

1 comment:

  1. Hey, you're doing pretty good! Although I'm bummed to hear about your book being on pirate sites. I guess you're right about it being flattering. Good luck with the rest of 2016 :)