I need to take a new approach to my goals. I was seriously not paying attention to my editorial calendar when I wrote down my goals for April. Oops. I barely touched Secondhand Mom. In fact, I’ve been feeling pretty weighed down by this manuscript, so I’ve decided to table it for now. Instead, I focused on finishing up Ermengarde, (Cowardly) Zombie Slayer and started rewriting it, and whipped Sandpaper Fidelity Season One into ebook format.
I made a couple of author-ly appearances. I did my first reading and signing event, and read at the NVCC annual writers’ conference.
I made my sales goal of $75 look silly, and divided the money between bills, wedding things, and savings. This is largely in part thanks to the trade paperback of Sade on the Wall. I’m now a huge advocate for getting your stuff in print. I’ve already made back half of what I spent on producing the paperback version.
I did a lot of brainstorming and planning and outlining. While there is nothing new in the works yet, I got my creative juices flowing.
Aside from all of that writing stuff, I made it my business to get outside more, and did some gardening inside. I planted basil and cat grass, pruned my dragon tree and my sister’s fern, and am hoping to transplant some of the dragon tree. I also got the go ahead to plant a garden outside. Whoo-hoo!
Even though I accomplished a lot last month, I want to revamp the way I set my goals.
My Goals for May
- Release Ermengarde, (Cowardly) Zombie Slayer for May 7th. I keep wanting to add more to the current manuscript, but need to remember that it’s a four-part series of novelettes; all of the things I want to do with #1 can wait until #2 or even later. I’m just loving playing in Ermie’s world. Pfft, writer problems.
- Write Sandpaper Fidelity Season Three. Since Season Three begins in July, I need to give myself plenty of time to write it. Episode #25 is already about a quarter written, and I’ve already outlined #25-30. I cannot wait to start writing this season. It’s going to be the best yet… even though some of my readers might end up hating me.
- Produce more print editions. Since Sade on the Wall is doing so well in print, I’d like to release more trade paperbacks—and even some hardcovers. I have to be careful, though, since this format is a bit more expensive, and I don’t have too much overhead… yet. There is one title in particular that will be at least going to trade paperback this month. Stay tuned!
- Write something new. I’m not sure if I’ll get to this, but it’s been a couple of weeks since I wrote anything new. I wrote a poem a few days ago, but that doesn’t really count. I’d like to write a new short story, or maybe even a novel. We’ll see…
I know I usually set other goals, but I’m trapped in the wedding prep closet, so that’s pretty much my focus this month. I really need to delegate more things to Mike. Trying to work on my writing, get my health in order, and plan for the wedding is really overwhelming. I know that, traditionally, the bride-to-be takes care of all the details, but my fiance is more than capable.
What are your goals for May? How did you do with last month’s goals?
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