First off, my short story "Twenty-Seven Rules for Coping" is now live on Goldfish Grimm's Spicy Fiction Sushi as part of their 3rd issue. There's also a short interview with me on the site.
With a new month just about upon us, it's time to do a final check-in
on my April goals and set my May goals. In April I had planned to:
1) Keep all my writing routines -- Daily Writing Chain (aka Seinfeld Chain), blogging schedule, etc. - Done.
2) Write and submit one or more short stories for the first time. - Also done. In fact, I wrote five new stories in April and three of them are already on submission.
3) Make revisions to my non-fiction project based on feedback and my own editing of it. -This didn't happen due to other priorities.
4) Write 7,500 words of new fiction. - I ended up nearly doubling this mark with 13,588 new words written for the month. Over 7,500 of those words were written in a one-week span near the end of the month.
4/30, have two non-time-sensitive blog posts written and ready for
future use on a day when I'm not able to post something "new." - I have one. I could have easily had two, but didn't get around to finishing up the second one.
6) Relaunch the Dissecting the Short Story series on my blog - Done, though I have to say that the relaunched version hasn't seemed to garner any more interactivity than the original version. I'll give it a go for another month or two, but it's possible that this feature will get retired permanently over the summer.
Now for my new goals for May:
for a Memorial Day Weekend blogging hiatus, keep all my writing
routines -- Daily Writing Chain (aka Seinfeld Chain), blogging schedule,
etc. - Memorial Day weekend (Thursday through Monday) is apt to be a
total zoo for me. I am going to plan on skipping some or all of my
Thursday, Sunday, and Monday blog posts. I could use "extra"
posts I've written in advance, but I intend those mostly for unplanned
issues. I do still plan on aiming to meet my Daily Writing Chain goal
during those days.
2) Write and submit one or more short stories for the first time. - This is my basic "Write 1/Sub 1" goal for this year; at least one a month.
3) Make revisions to my non-fiction project based on feedback and my own editing of it. - Bumped back from April.
4) Write 7,500 words of new fiction. - After
the success of April, I thought about increasing this number but since I
know the end of the month is likely to be very hectic for me in
general, I decided to keep it where it is. I'll hope to surpass this
target, all the same.
5) On 5/31, have two non-time-sensitive blog posts written and ready for
future use on a day when I'm not able to post something "new." - Ideally I won't have to use the one I have completed and I can wrap up the second one I have in progress and be all set.
6) Launch at least one new eBook
- When I brought out "Gravity's Pull" earlier this month I knew that it
would go nowhere if it was a one-shot deal. I'm intending to launch at
least one new eBook every month for the remainder of this year. When it
comes time to set 2013 goals, I can evaluate whether this is something I
want to keep in my repertoire or not.
Does anyone have any exciting news or goals to share?