Tati’s 2014 Goals

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January is almost over, and folks all over the world are already reneging on their new year’s goals and resolutions. I’m not trying to be one of them – not only am I still going strong, I’m determined to reach and every one of my bigger goals for 2014.   They say that in order to commit to your goals you must write them so, so I’m writing them and sharing them here on the blog for the world  see (and for you to can help me be accountable to do what I said I was!).

So before the month ends, I’d like to share some of the bigger writing goals I have planned for this year:

  1. Finish book 2 in the By The Tail series, Cat On the Fence (already 90% complete)
  2. Finish book 3 in the By The Tail Series, Cat In Demand (expected completion in March 2013)
  3. I have quite a few incomplete projects that I started in my under-productive years (2011 through early 2013). One of them is a sci-fi / futuristic space chase romance novel, tentatively named Oma’s Pursuit, that is about 75% complete. I am determined to finish this one this by this spring.
  4. By reader demand! At least 1 more naughty fairy tale retelling in the same vein as Say My Name will be completed and published this year.
  5. I have a special experimental project that I started last year that I’d love to complete and share with the world to get feedback on. I think I was overzealous in my original plans for it, but if I scale it back and keep it small I should be able to manage it. No sense in going all out with it before I get to test the concept anyway.
  6. At least start on 2 new super-secret projects I have in mind (more to come once I actually make some progress on them).
  7. Communicate better with my readers. I am STILL getting readers asking me when my fourth book is coming out, which means they have no idea about Cat Out of the Bag. This quarter, I will be launching a newsletter campaign so that news about my releases and other events will be sent directly to readers who subscribe. If you haven’t yet, sign up for my newsletter now so you will receive the newsletters once they start.

 

That’s 3 novellas, 1 novel, 3 projects and a newsletter campaign. I can do this! I have a bunch more stuff I’d love to get done this year, but I’m not going to hold myself to the fire for them just yet – this list is plenty, and I’d be a very happy lad if I could get these things done at a minimum. I’ll check in again on my goals at the end of the quarter in March and reassess at that point.

Alright, I’ve got lots of work to do so let me go get to it. I hope you are having a productive, positive new year, too!

My Goals for 2012

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I took some time this month to reflect on the goals I set last year, my progress against them, and what I’d like to accomplish this year. Last year, I listed ten goals, and only accomplished four and a half of them.  They were all big goals, and I faltered under the pressure I put on myself. So this year I’m going to keep the list sweet and simple, and attainable. If I do above and beyond, fantastic, but otherwise just achieving the items on this list will put me on the right path towards where I want to be.

  1. Write 1 story each quarter. Can be any length – short story to full-length novel. Doesn’t matter if it’s a polished manuscript ready to be submitted for publishing or just a rough first draft that may never get read by another living soul. Every three months I’d simply like to have one of the hundreds of stories in my head captured from beginning to end.
  2. Get 3 works published, or at least have 3 works contracted or scheduled for publishing by the end of the year.
  3. Continue to exercise 5 days a week for at least 40 minutes. This will be a cinch because I’ve found some great exercises that I love, including various cardio dance routines, aerobics videos, strength and flexibility training routines in 10 minute increments, speed walking, skating and stair climbing. Family Exercise Time will also continue to be a big deal in our house.
  4. Play more. All work and no play makes Tati a dull (and unhappy) girl! I will make board, card and video game time with the family a bigger priority, as well as taking a little time each week to play the kind of solo games that I love.
  5. Complete one big side project  that I’ve either started or have been itching to start, such as my visual novel project, an anthology of short-stories or novellas, audio books, and other ideas. I just have to make up my mind which one to focus on – unfortunately, I can’t do it all at once (even though I keep trying 🙂 ).

There, I’ve publicly proclaimed my goals for 2012 before January ended!

My Goals for 2011

Okay, so I’m back! The vacation I took during the last couple weeks of December was so relaxing, I had a hard time getting back into the groove of things. Plus, I walked into a HUGE to-do list at the job, so I’ve been working like a mad woman just to get caught back up with work. I’m finally feeling as if I’m back on track.

My goals for 2011 look a lot like 2010’s goals. In addition to introducing new ones, I’ll reflect a bit on how I well I accomplished the ones that were similar to last year’s.

  1. Write a minimum of 1,250 words every day. That’s just 4 or 5 pages a day, and I believe I should be able to easily accomplish that with around 2 hours of dedicated writing time. Now I struggled  with this goal last year because I wasn’t consistent, and I let things like a bad mood or lacking confidence deter me, and I would often force myself to write a lot in a short period of time to try to catch up, and then not write for many weeks due to burnout.
  2. Finish at least 6 books. I managed to finish 3 books last year, with me writing very inconsistently. If I can stick to goal #1, this one would happen naturally.
  3. Blog every week. I got a leg up on developing this habit last year, with only a few weeks missed in all. I’d like to continue the routine at a minimum, with hopes to increase the frequency.
  4. Read 1 book a month. With a full-time job, family, responsibilities and a writing career on the side, my free-time is limited. But I love to read, and there were some periods last year where I got so caught up in books that I didn’t write anything for days and days. I don’t want that to happen again unless I’m on vacation, but I also don’t want to let a month slip by where I haven’t read at least 1 book.
  5. Beat 1 video game a month. I’m a big gamer. I especially love RPG and action/adventure games, but I’ll play almost anything that has a good storyline. Last year, I let full quarters go by without putting in a single minute of gaming, and paid for it in the form of added stress and unfulfilled due to denying myself one of my favorite pastimes. I won’t be able to play every day, but allowing myself a few hours each weekend would be good.
  6. Exercise 5 days a week. Last year I aimed to workout 4 days a week, and averaged 5. I didn’t reach the weight goal that I wanted to, but found that I felt much better all around when I exercised frequently than when I didn’t. Family Exercise Time is still a hit in our house.
  7. Submit a writing project every other month. Last year, I had an over-zealous goal to submit something every single month. But I meet my first and second goals on this list, I will have enough new work to submit something every other month in 2011.
  8. Start non-fiction freelance writing. For a while now, I’ve been wanting to dip into some non-fiction writing on subjects that I’m interested in. This year, I’d like to at least set myself up to begin one on-going project. Since getting my finances in order is something I’ve become very passionate about, I’m thinking a personal finance blogging and article-writing project is in my near future.
  9. Break from the computer more often. There were far too many days last year that I was practically on the computer from the moment I woke up until the minute I fell asleep. Apparently, my laptop’s keyboard makes a pretty good pillow/drool-pad. I’d like to restrict my daily computing time in order to 1) protect my eyesight, 2) not suffer from burnout and then go on computer-strike like I did for my entire vacation in December, and 3) prevent my kids from being surprised when I’m actually not on the computer. I’m considering something like a 6am to 6pm time constraint, but the details are still TBD.
  10. Drink less alcohol. It ‘s not so much the quantity that I’m looking to change (I have a low tolerance and am quite satisfied after just 1 drink or a little less) but rather the frequency. I’d like to cut down my intake from one alcoholic beverage a night to no more than a couple of drinks a week. This would break an unnecessary habit, help maintain good health and save money all at the same time.

What are your goals for the year?

2010 Mid-Year Goal Update

Half of 2010 is over already – can you believe it? I hardly can – boy did time fly. At the beginning of the year, I made a list of 10 goals I want to accomplish in 2010, and now seems like a good time to do a review to see how I’ve been measuring up.

  1. Write at least 1500 words every day – STRUGGLING. Unfortunately, I haven’t been as consistently prolific with my fiction writing as I would like. However, I’m rearranging my schedule and priorities to help better achieve this goal.
  2. Finish 6 novellas – BEHIND A BIT. At this point in time, I have 2 novellas finished, 1 novella needing revisions, and another novella halfway drafted. Not too bad – I’ve got 6 more months to finish the 2 already started and to write 2 more – if I can get diligent about sticking to goal #1 though I should be able to do it.
  3. Write 1  novel – BEHIND A BIT. Although I hadn’t planned to start drafting the novel until September, I wanted to have all 6 novellas finished first. Depending on how much progress I make over the next two months, I may have to consider either changing my goal of 6 novellas this year to 5 or have less time than I wanted to finish the novel.
  4. Redesign this website – DID IT. You’re looking at it now! (and I’m quite proud of how it turned out, I must say)
  5. Blog more frequently – DOING IT. I’ve been posting at LEAST once a week for several months now – a big accomplishment for me. I think I’m finally getting into a groove.
  6. Lose 25 pounds – BEHIND A BIT. The good news is I’ve lost a few inches and a dress size already so far. The stressful news is that half the year has passed, but so far I’ve only reached 1/4 of my weight-loss goal, despite the fact that I’ve been very successful at goal #7 …
  7. Exercise at least 4 days a week – DOING IT. I’ve been consistently working out 4 or 5 days a week for 40+ minutes for the past several months, and even managed to get my husband to join me most of the time. It is now a household routine.
  8. Submit a writing project every month – BEHIND A BIT. Of the 6 months this year I’ve probably submitted something 4 of the months. Not bad, but not quite there.
  9. Get Published – DOING IT. Although my book hasn’t been released yet, I do have a publishing contract, a book cover, and have completed a first round of edits. I am going to be a published author in 2010! 😀
  10. Go to at least 1 Writing Conference – DID IT. I went to my very first writing conference this April and had a great experience!

How are your 2010 goals and resolutions looking?

My Goals for 2010

Okay, so I’m  a little late in posting my goals for the new year, but that’s because I’ve been busy working to achieve them!

Here are this year’s goals:

  1. Write at least 1500 words every day. This would take me about 2 hours a day to accomplish, more or less. Very doable.  If I’m in editing mode, then I plan to polish 5 pages a day.
  2. Finish 6 novellas. I just finished one up last month and I have another drafted, so I am already 1.5 down with 4.5 more to go. And it’s only February!
  3. Write 1  novel. I have 2 very different ideas for new full-length books that are fighting for priority right now, but time will likely only permit one to win this year.
  4. Redesign this website. *laughs* Yes, within a week or so I’m going to change the look of this site again. I like the look of this current theme, but my husband is creating a custom design made specifically to reflect my personality, and it looks so awesome I’d be crazy not to use it. You’ll see!
  5. Blog more frequently. I get a point for this post, right? 😉
  6. Lose 25 pounds. I gained quite a bit of weight during my last pregnancy ~ over 60 pounds. But that baby is now 2 frickin’ years old, and I’m still fighting with the remaining 25. It must go!
  7. Exercise at least 4 days a week. Preferably 5 days, for at least 40 minutes. Consistently, no weeks skipped. My biggest challenge here is keeping my routine even during the weeks I’m out of town for work. I’ve got to get better at that.
  8. Submit a writing project every month. Be it a query or submission for a novel, novella, short-story, proposal, web article or contest, I’d like to aim to have something to send out every month. This goal is a way to sort of push myself to be brave and just submit my work! How else will I ever achieve the next goal …
  9. Get Published! Nothing would make the year 2010 earn its Ten than for it to be the year I land my very first publishing contract. A girl can dream, right?
  10. Go to at least 1 Writing Conference. I had it in my head that since I didn’t have a book published, I didn’t have any business attending a professional writing conference. Now I know better. By attending one I can actually try and meet face-to-face with folks who can help me accomplish my goals.

It’s good to put your goals down in writing (and to give them eternal life on the internet for the entire world to see, putting terrible, terrible pressure on you to perform), so feel free to share your goals, too!