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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.|