Goal Update 10/17

GOAL 1) PUBLISH SKOS

  • My Goal: Spend at least 10 mins, 3 days/week minimum
  • Where I planned to be: Spent at least 30 mins
  • Where I am: Not ready
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going:
Welp, it’s my birthday tomorrow. If I had really wanted to, I could have gotten this out before now. But I want to do it right, or at least as close to right as possible. So I’m still doing some research. Keywords are hard. Like, really hard.

But I can say, it will be out soon. I still have another year to reach my goal of publishing before 30, but I’m not gonna wait that long.

GOAL 2) REVISE SYCU

  • My Goal: 2 Lessons per month/ 1 Lesson every 2 weeks (except L17 and L21, which get 4 weeks min)
  • Where I planned to be: Lesson 21, 234 pages in
  • Where I am: Lesson 21, 234 pages in
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going:
Going through the motions. One more week to go by my calculations. I’m definitely going to let this sit for a while when I’m done. I’ve made up my mind.

But I have been wondering if maybe I need another set of eyes on it. SKoS had too many eyes on it far too early, and while I managed to save it (thank you past me for saving and keeping old versions), if I could start over and do it differently, I would. This thing? Hasn’t been seen by anyone. Not sure if that may be part of the problem or not.

GOAL 3) SURVIVAL

  • My Goal: 500 WPD, 1500 WPW
  • Where I planned to be: 43500 words
  • Where I am: 42717 words
  • On Target or Behind: Behind

How’s It Going:
Work’s been kinda wild the last two weeks, with my coworker being out sick, so my boss has me working mornings and sometimes all day. And this coming week he’s on vacation, so more mornings and possibly all day Friday. Which has really been throwing me off, and I’ve been prioritizing classwork over my books (because let’s be real, cybersecurity is where I’m going to actually make some money). And really, prioritizing the other two over this one.

So yeah, I’m behind. But I’m so stupid close to the end and otherwise fit to reach my goal that I don’t care.

ETA (11/19/20) is based on hitting my Daily Goal on Working Days. WPD to Goal (221) is the minimum number of words I need to write on Working Days to hit my Word Goal by the Due Date.

Goal Update 10/10

GOAL 1) PUBLISH SKOS

  • My Goal: Spend at least 10 mins, 3 days/week minimum
  • Where I planned to be: Spent at least 30 mins
  • Where I am: So close and yet so far away
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going:
Trying to get a handle on how I want to release this. Sure, I could just publish it anytime, announce it everywhere, and be done with it.

But there are better ways. More work, but a good chance of better outcomes. I’m not expecting to become famous overnight, or even sell all that well right out of the gate. I just don’t want to rot at the bottom of the Amazon self-pub pit of despair.

GOAL 2) REVISE SYCU

  • My Goal: 2 Lessons per month/ 1 Lesson every 2 weeks (except L17 and L21, which get 4 weeks min)
  • Where I planned to be: Lesson 21, 156 pages in
  • Where I am: Lesson 21, 156 pages in
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going:
I’m starting to think that, once I’m done revising this, I should let it sit for a while. Bear with me here. Because this is only my second revision, and the first one I’ve done all in one go. I know that over the many years I worked on SKoS, I learned things, I grew not just as an author, but as a person. As upset as I am with myself that I took so long to finish it, I think time is what made it what it is today.

So I think I should let this one sit for a while. Obviously not years. Maybe one, tops. Mostly, I think I just need some distance so I can figure out what it is that’s missing.

But recently I got an email from Holly (she has a mailing list that she uses to send out little tips) that really put this story and my issues with it in perspective. I don’t owe it anything. I got it out of my brain. Maybe time will shape it into something better. Maybe it’ll rot in my Google drive. If it turns out that it’s not something I want to put out into the world… so be it.

I can always write more.

GOAL 3) SURVIVAL

  • My Goal: 500 WPD, 1500 WPW
  • Where I planned to be: 42000 words
  • Where I am: 42012 words
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going:
So I recently learned how to ride a bike (don’t ask) and I’m getting that feeling like when I’m careening straight for the pole that used to hold up the net on the tennis court (don’t ask) and suddenly my entire body forgets how to turn and I panic a little bit because oh god I’m gonna hit the pole and fall off the bike and it’s gonna hurt like a son of a bitch.

Where are my brakes???

Goal Update 10/3

Damn, is it really already October? I feel like I’ve done nothing for months, lol.

GOAL 1) PUBLISH SKOS

  • My Goal: Spend at least 10 mins, 3 days/week minimum
  • Where I planned to be: Spent at least 30 mins
  • Where I am: Screaming internally
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going:
Been looking into what I need to do to get this sucker published. Still working on it, though. Just need to get my ducks in a row here.

GOAL 2) REVISE SYCU

  • My Goal: 2 Lessons per month/ 1 Lesson every 2 weeks (except L17 and L21, which get 4 weeks min)
  • Where I planned to be: Lesson 21, 78 pages in
  • Where I am: Lesson 21, 78 pages in
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going:
So many typing. @_@

GOAL 3) SURVIVAL

  • My Goal: 500 WPD, 1500 WPW
  • Where I planned to be: 40500 words
  • Where I am: 40503 words
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going:
If it wasn’t obvious by now, I am literally flying by the seat of my pants here trying to keep up with my word count.

But, ah, home stretch? Only 9500 words to go.

Goal Update 9/26

GOAL 1) PUBLISH SKOS

  • My Goal: Spend at least 10 mins, 3 days/week minimum
  • Where I planned to be: Spent at least 30 mins
  • Where I am: Done accepting Audrey’s changes
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going:
I have no excuses now. I think it’s ready.

But first, I’m going to go ahead and buy my domain name and at least buy a hosting plan with WordPress, work on the site a little. I also need to do some other backend stuff before I publish.

GOAL 2) REVISE SYCU

  • My Goal: 2 Lessons per month/ 1 Lesson every 2 weeks (except L17 and L21, which get 4 weeks min)
  • Where I planned to be: Lesson 20, finished
  • Where I am: Lesson 20, finished
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going:
Welp, that was anticlimactic. Time for type-in, I guess.

And I was smart this time, I’ve already worked out how many pages I need to go through a day to do this in just 4 weeks. (The answer is 26.) We’ll see how that pans out.

GOAL 3) SURVIVAL

  • My Goal: 500 WPD, 1500 WPW
  • Where I planned to be: 39000 words
  • Where I am: 39002 words
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going:

Goal Update 9/19

GOAL 1) PUBLISH SKOS

  • My Goal: Spend at least 10 mins, 3 days/week minimum
  • Where I planned to be: Spent at least 30 mins
  • Where I am: CLOSE!
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going:
Sent the manuscript to Audrey on Sunday and got it back yesterday. I’m very pleased! She picked through and fixed all my formatting errors and typos (or should I say “Texanisms”… I think there were only about one or two true typos), and even pointed out a few story inconsistencies, which was nice. We also connected a bit, I think…

I just kind of quickly looked through to see if there was anything I needed to ask about, but I’ll be going in sometime next week to apply all needed changes, reject any changes to stylistic choices, and otherwise do my final spit polish.

This is it, you guys. This thing is almost done, and I mean DONE done. (Dun dun dun! Sorry…)

Guess that means I need to drop some money on a domain name…

GOAL 2) REVISE SYCU

  • My Goal: 2 Lessons per month/ 1 Lesson every 2 weeks (except L17 and L21, which get 4 weeks min)
  • Where I planned to be: Lesson 20, 156 scenes in
  • Where I am: Lesson 20, 156 scenes in
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going:
Another light lesson. Deceptively light.

I am very uncomfortable.

GOAL 3) SURVIVAL

  • My Goal: 500 WPD, 1500 WPW
  • Where I planned to be: 37500 words
  • Where I am: 37524 words
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going:
I think Jeremy Clarkson can sum up my current feelings about this quite succinctly.