Friday, December 21, 2012 | By: Angela Brown

Hello Goals, *Wink*, It's Been a While

After bringing our Partners in ParanormYA blog tour to a close at the end of October, I figured I'd take a little break for November. You know, keep up my blogging schedule, visit other blogs more regularly, read a  lot so I could do some reader reviews. But, then that got a little...hmmm...changed, in a good way.

I still got in some reading, and am still getting in some reading, but I also got involved in the holiday season of promotions. Thankfully, I didn't jump into the craziness alone.

I'm part of the Holiday Online Signing Party with great writers such as Christine Fonseca, Ali Cross and Heather McCorkle. Put in your order today!

The Gifts Aren't Only from Santa giveaway is still on and this is a reminder to enter and tell your friends, please :-)

And of course we have the Indie Holiday Giveaway - still time to enter so tell your friends about this one also, please :-)

But I hadn't done something I found very helpful during the year, which is set goals for December. I noticed it when I realized how I hadn't really DONE as much writing as I hoped to do. I'd set my mind on writing projects and goals. Gwen touched on them at PIP, but the actual doing got lost in the promoting, Twittering, spending a little extra time with my Chipmunk - actually, that last one I'm quite okay with :-) As the end of the year approaches, I'd like to make sure I'm headed in the right direction to get more things accomplished in 2013. I've got stories on the brain and I want to share them. This time, I want to be better prepared at making things happen:

Goals for December 2012
1. Finish RT re-revision (cuz, I really thought it was done but not so) which used to be titled MINGLED, but recent feedback has prompted a working title change.
2. Get at least first half of middle grade project, FB, done.
3. Review first page of TAFD, sequel to Neverlove, and make more notes on what direction I need things to go.
4. Review and set up schedule for a few novellas that I'd like to put out during 2013 for the NEO Chronicles, which will also coincide with the Shadow Jumpers series to eventually - hopefully - culminate in TAPESTRY being released in 2014.
5. Finish reading and review Souled by Diana Murdock and Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews.
6. Publish 3 posts a week.
7. Visit and comment on 20 blogs each week.

Yeah, I'll, uh, be a little busy, but having these goals will help me see just how I'm doing in accomplishing at least ONE thing lol!!!

What do you have planned for your reading/writing as the year draws to a close? Any end-of-the-world activities because I think today is the day, right? Or is it tomorrow?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You have a plan!
And it was today, but since it's already tomorrow in Australia, we survived.
I need to decide what my writing goals will be next year beyond the revisions from my publisher on CassaStorm.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Wow, are you planning to get all that done in the next week?! Or have you been working on it all month?

I started the sequel to THE EIGHTH DAY this month. My goal over my Christmas break is to make it past the first third of the book. This is significant because I only have a detailed plan for the first third. The rest of the book is, um, only vaguely planned. I want to at least dip my toes in the vague part before the year ends.

Laura Eno said...

My goal for next week is to write up a storm and try to get a jump on 2013. I have a 500K goal for next year, which is 1400 words a day. I'm in the middle of book 1 of a 5-book epic fantasy so I need all the steam I can get.
Happy holidays to you and the Chipmunk!

Maria Zannini said...

Well, I already lost two weeks of my life to the plague, so I'll be trying to catch up for what's left of the month. :)

Angela Brown said...

Yeah, had to get some plans together or things would be too jumbled and not focused on getting anything done. Glad you survived the NOT end of the world :-)

Angela Brown said...

Some things have been in the works but others are me reaching for the stars and hoping to land on the moon lol!!

Good stuff with working on the sequel. I hope you're able to get to that vague part and get your toes wet :-)

Angela Brown said...

WOW. 500k is a lofty goal and with focus and dedication, I'm sure you can make it happen.

Happy Holidays to you as well :-)

Angela Brown said...

The plague? Oh dear, any quarantines needed? No, for reals...I hope you are able to catch up :-0

Heather said...

Wow you really are busy! And such great goals! I know that feeling all too well, thinking a project is done and then getting an inspiration to improve it even more. I'm going through that right now! *sigh*

Angela Brown said...

Le Sigh. Sometimes we just can't help wanting to keep improving :-)

The Golden Eagle said...

Awesome list! Looks like you're ready to take on the rest of the month. :)

Charlie Holmberg said...

Hefty goals for a hefty month! Much luck on completing them. :)

Angela Orlowski-Peart said...

You have been busy! I'm so happy that Neverlove is doing so great on Amazon :-) Hard work pays off.

Awesome list of goals for 2013. I'm planning to get back into my strict writing routine after Christmas. The deadlines are approaching waaaay too fast!

I loved Souled and I can't wait for the sequel. And Ilona Andrews is one if my favorite authors (actually it is a husband-wife team).

Merry Christmas, darling. See you on YA Ninjas page!

Barbara Ann Wright said...

I'm hoping to get the newest draft of my latest book done. Besides that, no big looming goals.

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