It’s that time of year again. I have a love/hate relationship with goal setting. I love it because goals really are motivating and help me not only get stuff done, but see progress when I need to the most. The thing I hate about goal setting is trying to figure out where the balancing point is between ‘Unrealistic Expectations’ and ‘Challenging Myself’. Tricky, tricky.
That being said, this is my attempt for this year:
Health: This relates to my writing because the healthier I am the more productive (and less dead) I am.
- Continue to eat healthy. In my case that is a low-sodium pescatarian diet.
- No drinking energy drinks
- Remember soft drinks are a ‘sometimes food’ (Thanks Cookie Monster)
- Workout at least five times a week*
- Lose 40lbs
School: I think this year is going to be more writing and editing-centric so my school goal is optional, depending on time and stress.
- Finish one, or, if I’m feeling super energetic, two more courses toward my degree
- Write the first draft of Consequence (Deadline is March 31)
- Participate in the monthly version of Write 1 Sub 1. I have a habit of writing ‘cast-off’ poetry for things like this when I become overwhelmed. That’s not acceptable here. Poetry only counts if it is in a complete and publishable form that I’m proud of. Same goes for stories.
- Figure out what to do with Shadows and my zombie poetry and get to work on doing it. This can mean looking for an agent, a publisher or any number of other things. I can’t be specific until I’ve made a decision
- Either finish a first draft of Hollow Children or a transcription of Twixt
- Revise the whack of ‘mostly finished’ short stories sitting in my Dropbox and start looking for homes for them
- NaNoWriMo is optional. So is NovPad.
- Participate in the Whittaker Prize again this year, but in only one category, not both.
- Finish writing poems for all the 2011 Novpad prompts
- Implement the new payment system for Niteblade
- Run a fundraiser and increase promotion in order to move out of the red
- Super Sekkrit Projekt w CJD (not Niteblade-related)
Wow… so that’s a lot more goals than I usually set in a year, but it covers some of the things which affect my writing and I don’t usually address in goal-setting. Hopefully that makes things go smoother, but if not I’ll know better for next year.
*The reward for 300 workouts this year will be Christmas in San Francisco. Rewards, especially those not related to food, are good.