Third Quarter 2020 Goals Review

I like to review my goals quarterly to see how things are going. Who knew going into 2020 that the world would be plagued by a pandemic and civic unrest the likes of which I’ve never been old enough to witness or understand. Both have definitely been distracting, but I plug away and do my best to stay focused.

Goal 1: Develop one of the ideas from my stash.

Progress: The upcoming closure of one of my publishers has waylaid this goal a bit. I’ve spent more time figuring out what my plans are for the books that will go out of print than in writing anything new. I did, however, figure out which idea I want to work on. It’s another Christmas book.

Goal 2: Decide which of my completed stories to submit next.

Progress: None, because I’m not happy with them yet. I’ve reviewed them, but they really aren’t ready. I plan to take Christmas break and sit down and go through them all to see what I should focus on for 2021 (hard to believe that is only months away).

Goal 3: Edit The Sisterhood and submit to the agent I met at a conference.

Progress: The work on this project continues. We decided that it needed a total rewrite. We are about a quarter of the way through it.

Goal 4: Finish additional material for the new version of A Christmas Kindness.

Progress: Finished this in June. The book went out to the printer recently. I can’t wait to see it!

Goal 5: Acquire and edit three manuscripts for 4RV Publishing.

Progress: I have worked on two this year. I’ve also been editing for others I know. I’m not sure what 2021 will bring for me at 4RV, but I am looking forward to the future.

Goal 6: Write for Guardian Angel Kids.

Progress: Sadly, Guardian Angel Publishing will close next month. I am beyond sad. They published three of my books and hundreds for other authors. COVID left it’s mark on the publishing world with this loss.

Goal 7: Write five chapters of Amelia’s Mission.

Progress: None. Amelia is stuck on chapter 20 because of my focus on other projects–The Sisterhood, A Christmas Kindness, finding a new publisher for three books, editing, etc. I will read through the last chapter once I am done with this editing project.

That’s it from my neck of the woods. How are your 2020 goals coming along? Are you considering what you’ll work on for 2021 yet?

Blogging at 4RV – Novel Writing Software

 

This is my Wednesday to blog over at 4RV Reading, Writing, & Art News. Today’s topic is novel writing software. As a panster, I’ve avoided it. Have I found one I like? Check it out at https://4rvreading-writingnewsletter.blogspot.com/2020/08/novel-writing-software.html

Do you use novel writing software? Which one? What do you like about it? If you don’t use novel writing software, why not?

2020 Goals Review

Typically, I review my goals quarterly, but 2020 has given all of us a run for our money so far. Between the pandemic, a brief slow down in the real estate market, and the loss of my father-in-law to COVID-19, my goals got buried as I struggled to find a new normal. It’s time now, though, to stop the negativity and focus my attention on moving forward. Here is my list from January and an update on my progress:

Goal 1: Develop one of the ideas from my stash.

Progress: None, however I did float around to one of my publishers that I had more story ideas similar to two of the books that have already been published.

Goal 2: Decide which of my completed stories to submit next.

Progress: None, though that is because of Goal 3.

Goal 3: Edit The Sisterhood and submit to the agent I met at a conference.

Progress: The first draft of a full-length novel was completed before I ever wrote a children’s book. It simply has never seen the light of day. Even edited once or twice, it needed help. I had been reading it to my writing group, which provided some good feedback. I also pitched it last fall to an agent at a conference who expressed interest if some work was done to it. That work started a month ago. My sister/co-author and I are on Chapter 3 right now.

Goal 4: Finish additional material for the new version of A Christmas Kindness.

Progress: Done and in the hands of my publisher. I am waiting for word from the editor.

Goal 5: Acquire and edit three manuscripts for 4RV Publishing.

Progress: I have worked on one totally new manuscript this year, completed edits to the first novel I acquired for them, and hope one more comes to fruition in 2020.

Goal 6: Write for Guardian Angel Kids.

Progress: Sadly, this will remain an uncompleted goal. Guardian Angel Publishing announced that as a result of slow book sales thanks to the pandemic, it is closing its doors after 15 years. I am so grateful for the faith they had in bringing three of my books into the world. We don’t have word if Guardian Angel Kids will continue, but I don’t think so.

Goal 7: Write five chapters of Amelia’s Mission.

Progress: None. Since my focus has been on the additional material for A Christmas Kindness and The Sisterhood, I simply haven’t had time to think of poor Amelia. With my limited amount of time, I know I need to dedicate what I can to one project.

Did you set goals for 2020? Where are you at right now? I hope you’re happy with your progress.

Blogging at 4RV

 

Today is one of my Wednesdays to post at the 4RV Publishing blog, 4RV Reading. Writing, & Art News. My topic today–Turning Busy Time into Productive Time. You can read the article at https://4rvreading-writingnewsletter.blogspot.com/2020/04/turning-busy-time-into-productive-time.html

Here are a few of my other recent articles:

Inspiration During a Crisis – https://4rvreading-writingnewsletter.blogspot.com/2020/03/inspiration-during-crisis.html

Kill Procrastination Now! – https://4rvreading-writingnewsletter.blogspot.com/2020/03/kill-procrastination-now.html

Advice & Inspiration for Writers from Writers – https://4rvreading-writingnewsletter.blogspot.com/2020/02/advice-inspiration-for-writers-from.html

Hope you have a productive and blessed week.