Sunday, January 13, 2019

Goals for 2019

Here it is, two weeks into the new year, and I’m still figuring out what I want to get done this year. Last week I posted my 2018 goals for the year and how they came out. Thanks for all the comments. From what you all had to say, I am dropping some goals completely. Still keep them in my head, but not on paper.

So, here’s what I am going to start with:  

WRITING     
1)    Finish the proposal for “The Truth Beyond the River”.
2)    Edit “Finding Justice”.
3)    Finish typing “No Body Found”.
4)    Start the next novella to go with that series. I had ideas for four novellas to put together - the two above, one with the working title of “Ghost House” and one more that I can’t remember.
5)    Finish writing “Old New Spies”. This is a lofty goal indeed. But I will give it a shot.
6)    Continue posting three times weekly to “The Dino Chronicles.”
7)    Continue posting here once a week.  
REACHING
1)    Find an agent.
2)    Publish “The Truth Beyond the River”. If I haven’t found an agent or a publisher for it by June 1, I will self-publish.
3)    Submit fourteen pieces.
4)    Redo my website.
READING
1)    Read fourteen books, two from the “classics” list.
2)    Read an average of five other blogs per week, commenting on three of them.
REMAINING
1)    Return to Kenya in the fall.
2)    Empty the box of old pictures in my office.
3)    Finish my family tree. This has already consumed a lot of my time this year.  
4)    Clean out all of the closets in my house. Last year’s ridiculous goals was to get the whole house as clean as possible. I don’t know how that could happen, so I’m trying to be more realistic. And by cleaning, I mean – empty all the junk out of those puppies.
5)    Keep my weight at 140. Last year I was going to get in the best shape of my life. Didn’t know how that would look, so am being more specific.

That’s it for now. Next Sunday, I’ll get after the week-by-week goals. Wishing you the best in betting your goals together. 

Cleaning out the box of Mom's pictures means I come across gems like this. Looks like a primary grade picture from 1924 or maybe 1921. I can't quite tell. My dad would have been nine or six years old, but I can't find any boys in this picture that look like him. 

Sunday, January 6, 2019

2018 Recap

First, I want to thank everyone for your support over the last couple of years. And most especially, for cheering me on when I had the stomach flu last week.

For anyone who is new to this group, it may not seem like it day-by-day, but the ROWer’s will be there for you in a pinch. Hang in there, keep writing, keep blogging, keep sharing your progress on the ROW website or Facebook page.

Before I jump into the goals for 2019 (which are still being tweaked, and as we all know, will continue to be tweaked for twelve months), I thought I would tell you how 2018 ended up. Here are the year-long goals I came up with a year ago and whether or not I achieved them. Green highlight is achieved, red lettering is a fail. (If you are new to my blog, I also usually include other colors for goals at least worked on, but I was thinking that in 365 days, I either succeeded or failed.)

WRITING     
1)    Start and finish editing my novel “The Truth Beyond the River”. Finished the second edit in September.
2)    Start and finish editing the novella “Finding Justice”. Nope, not really.
3)    Finish typing the novella “No Body Found. Nope, not at all.  
4)    Start writing the next novel, “Old New Spies”. Wrote six chapters.
5)    Continue posting three times weekly to “The Dino Chronicles”. Pretty much.
6)    Continue posting once a week here. Pretty much.  
REACHING
1)    Find an agent. Or how about an editor first! Done! Hired an editor in November, who got the manuscript back to me in December. She did a wonderful job. Unfortunately, I haven’t had the time to review all her edits. This really needs to be my priority this January.
2)    Publish “The Truth Beyond the River”. Nope.
3)    Submit twelve pieces. Only submitted nine and two were accepted (which is about what I’ve been averaging the last few years).
4)    Have 40 reviews of “Where the Sky Meets the Sand”. Only up to 28.
READING
1)    Read twelve books. Read exactly 12. Yeah!
2)    Read an average of five other blogs per week, commenting on three of them. Pretty much.
REMAINING
1)    Return to Kenya in the spring. Yeah! Went with my son Nick and had a good time. 
2)    Write a Procedure Manual for Tumaini Volunteers. Worked on it, but I guess it is a work-in-progress.
3)    Empty one box of old pictures.  I don’t know that I actually got rid of one, but was able to consolidate it down from three boxes to one.  
4)    Get in the best shape of my life. I never liked this goal, too vague, and not even close to being achieved.  
5)    Get my house in the best shape of its life. Again, way too vague, and way too not close to happening.  

That’s it for now. Next time I’ll let you know what I am thinking for 2019. 
A Very Merry Christmas was had by myself and my kids.