Monday, December 3, 2018

The Last Goals of the Year

At long last, we come to December. I'm not sure how it's December already, and this is terrible news for the goals I set for myself back in January because I am really far behind.

Which brings us to the end-of-the-year push where I attempt to make up as much of the difference as I can.

But first, here's how last month's goals went:

1. Win NaNoWriMo.

If you follow me on social media, you may already know how this turned out. It went a little something like this..


So yeah. I managed a win. I basically dragged myself across the 50,000-word line and called it quits because I am feeling as though the book went in the wrong direction, meaning the plans I've had all along for this story need to be reconsidered and revised. Possibly thrown out entirely and started over. Always a great place to be. But hey, even if I do end up throwing out everything I wrote this month, at least I got a NaNoWriMo win out of it?

2. Don't hide/embarrass myself during this month's book events any more than absolutely necessary.

I'm not actually sure how to judge this goal. I attended two events, made eye contact with a few people, and despite that, still managed to sell a few books. Not a ton of books, but then again, I never sell very many books. So...success?

3. Log at least three miles every day

This one I did. Yay for me not becoming part of my desk chair!



Now for December's goals...

1. Finish writing the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Bad Romance novel

Yeah, that's right. This book still isn't finished. I feel like I'm two completed chapters from the end, but I'm struggling to figure out how to end it. You know, besides happily. One of my critique partners suggested I just kill everyone off—like a Red Wedding kind of thing. Think that means she's sick of this project?

2. Read 11 books.

Yeah, that's right. I'm 11 books away from reaching my 2018 reading goal. According to Goodreads, I need to read multiple books a week for the rest of the year to complete my challenge. That's what happens when you literally don't read anything for two months straight. You know what this means...it's graphic novel time.

3. Walk an insane number of miles that I'll never actually reach because that's how far behind I am in my 2018 mileage goal.

Yeah, that's right. I actually did the math, and in order to make my 2018 mileage goal, I will have to walk a good 15 miles a day, every day, for the entire month. So yeah. That's not going to happen. Still, I will attempt to log as many miles as I can. Or I will sit on my couch and binge watch The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.




That's it for me today. What's on your agenda this month? Is anyone else in a end-of-the-year crunch?

Thanks for stopping by!

20 comments:

  1. I would say your November was a success! :)

    And good for you for not becoming part of your desk chair. I wish I could say the same. Sigh.

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    1. Yes, overall, November should be counted as a success. I wish I were in a happier position with the NaNoWriMo project, but fortunately I didn't make that goal. That will be a problem for 2019...

      Congrats on your own NaNoWriMo win, by the way!

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  2. I am so looking forward to the new season of Mrs. Maisel!

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    1. I haven't seen the first season yet. It's been on my list since it premiered, but I told myself I couldn't watch it until I had achieved certain goals so I'm just getting around to it now.

      Last time I make that deal, let me tell you...

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  3. Congratulations on winning NaNo and walking everyday. That's quite an achievement! Even if the words didn't go where you thought they'd take you, at least now you have something to play with as you edit.

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    1. Yes, I'm hoping I'll find something to salvage from the NaNo project whenever I get back around to it. Perhaps time away will help lend perspective?

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  4. Yay for completing NaNo! Good luck with your goals! Even though you didn't complete all you had wished, progress is progress. :)

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    1. I will take whatever progress I can manage these days. :)

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  5. If only you could figure out how to read novels while walking at the same time. And then do that all day. Then you'd be set.

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    1. I've actually tried that. It did not work for me. Triggered my vertigo-esque issues. But it would be really nice if I could manage it.

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  6. I think those 15 miles are doable. And read a book while you're doing it. LOL Congrats on NaNo. I'm actually right on spot with my goals and hope to keep it rolling into 2019.

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    1. I really wish I could read and walk at the same time. It would be amazingly helpful.

      Way to go being on track with your goals! I hope to emulate your example next year!

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  7. Congrats on winning NaNo. Have you considered making the THNGBR a trilogy? No, wait, hear me out. If you cliffhanger end it, you could make it end horribly with the promise of an HEA in book 3...

    Well, it was just a thought.

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    1. I have not thought of making it a trilogy, but the possibility of it having a sequel has crossed my mind more than once and doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Which, of course, makes me want to bang my head against the wall until I forget I was trying to write this book in the first place.

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  8. Congrats on NaNo and good luck with December.

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  9. I'm working on something. My only goal is for it to actually become a finished something at some point in the future. I like to keep it simple :)

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    1. I should do that, too. I would really love to have a finished something at some point in the future. :)

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  10. I had mixed results on my goals and some of my goals changed on me in midstream, but overall I'm feeling pretty good about 2018 as a year of writing. I think you should be, too. You did a lot! @mirymom1 from
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    1. I did accomplish my biggest, most important goal of 2018, and knew the others were the longest of long shots, but I'll still be annoyed that I didn't get more done.

      Glad you're feeling pretty good about your writing in 2018!

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