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.

On the 4RV Blog

 

Last Wednesday was my date to post at the 4RV Blog. My article talked about virtual book tours–something I am really good at since I did it for over seven years. You’ll find 5 Tips for Coordinating a Virtual Book Tour here.

Today the blog features an interview with author Karen Cioffi. An award-winning author and children’s ghostwriter, she has published several books with 4RV Publishing, including the award-winning tween book Walking through Walls. You can read the interview with Karen here.

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.

 

 

 

Blogging at 4RV – Intentional Writing

 

Yesterday, I posted an article on “How to Practice Intentional Writing.” This goes together with my 2020 theme of being mindful and intentional this year. You can find the article here.