Monday, May 14, 2012 | By: Angela Brown

Goals, #Writemotivation, NEVERLOVE

I haven't done an update in a while.  But that doesn't mean I haven't been setting or working toward making goals.  Let me share about last month and this month:

Goals for April 2012:
1: Read 3 books.
2: Comment to other blogs, at least 20 to 25 a week.
3. Fully participate in the A to Z blogging challenge with daily posts and visiting other blogs as well.

Goals for May 2012:

1: Complete first draft of NEVERLOVE.
2: Comment to other blogs, at least 20 to 25 a week.
3. Complete minimum two blog posts a week.

With April being a beta read month for MINGLED and a month of focus on the A to Z blogging challenge, I had a chance to read a bit more than 3 books:
The Secret of Spruce Knoll by Heather McCorkle
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Possession by Elana Johnson
Solstice by PJ Hoover (check out the good news about PJ!!!)
Cabinet of Earths by Anne Nesbet
Angelfall by Susan Ee
I also got to meet goals 2 and 3 as well.  So April - I'd say - was a good month :-)

How am I doing in May?
Goal numero uno is on a steady pace.  I've completed the first 5 chapters and am working on chapter 6.  I have recuperated enough that I can speed up my pace and feel confident this goal can be met.
Goal numero dos is a "Go!"  I love visiting over blogs.  Even if you don't see my raised eyebrow in the comment section, know that I'm still scoping you out :-)
Goal numero tres is happening with the help of other authors.  Since I was focused on A to Z last month, I've gotten stoked about sharing books by authors that are established or new-to-me for the month of May.  Some you already know.  Others will be a new introduction.  And I love it all!

NEVERLOVE is like a new love to me.  I feel like I'm in the honeymoon stage right now.  Probably just the "first draft euphoria".  Once it's time to check in to Revision City, I'm sure I'll be back on the ground with the rest of reality.  For now, guess I'll enjoy the bliss.

So, friends, how goes it with your goals?

51 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Just enjoy the bliss, Angela!

Angelina Rain said...

Great goals. Good luck with them. I tried doing monthly goals but then life got in the way and I accomplished nothing!

Angela Brown said...

Oh yeah, Alex. I don't get to do that much so enjoying it for sure :-)

Angela Brown said...

Life, much like that other not-so-nice-four-letter-word, happens.

LD Masterson said...

Kudos on doing so well with your goals. I fear you're putting me to shame.

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, LD. No shame to be had. Just work for me and you to boogie to. Off we go!

Damyanti said...

Am jealous!!! :D

But I'm inspired as well, heh! :)

Angela Brown said...

Inspiration is always a good thing. You were also very inspirational having done what I'm doing, which is published your A to Z blogging challenge stories last year. I suppose I'm following in wise footsteps :-)

Raelyn Barclay said...

You're doing wonderfully Angela! Keep it up :)

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Raelyn. Going to do my best.

Rebekah Loper said...

I'm so glad to see someone doing well with #writemotivation! I, and every other person I've read today, are having some difficulties, so it's nice to see something going right for someone :D

Beth Stilborn said...

You're doing well! I so appreciate your comments on my blog. I need to do better on commenting on yours!

Nicole said...

I haven't really made any goals for May. Sometimes, I make goals for the week but let them get away from me. One of my current goals is to finish a short screenplay that I've been working on since january. I kinda lost my steam for it and it should've been done by now because I planned to shoot it before the Summer...looks like that ain't gonna happen! LOL

Some things I have done though is to setup the linky for my Monday Movie Meme, update my Blogger profile to make it public and also start reading new blogs, so those were some very short-term goals that I completed since this weekend.

~Nicole
Blog: The Madlab Post
@MadlabPost on Twitter

Talli Roland said...

Looks like you're doing great! I'm behind because of, well...life! But I'm trying my best to catch up.

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Rebekah. I've got to check out more of my #writemotivation peeps and offer my cheers of encouragement!

Angela Brown said...

You are welcome here anytime, Beth :-)

Angela Brown said...

Well, heck. You've taken some great steps toward goal achievement. Maybe that movie short won't get done this summber, BUT, you can start attacking smaller chunks and who knows what you'll achieve :-)

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Talli. I'm sure you'll catch up before you know it :-)

Bonnie Rae said...

WOW! We are both going at the same pace, lol. I am also working on chapter six!

Angela Brown said...

Good on you, Bonnie. Here's to rocking the pace and making a splash at the end of the month.

Amy Saia said...

Congrats on meeting your goals. Especially with the writing--that's great!

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Amy. Setting and working towards these monthly goals is very important...also helps keep me accountable :-)

J.L. Campbell said...

Hi, Angela,

Sounds like you're consistent with your goals. Trying to catch up on everything lately.

Charlie Holmberg said...

I love how thorough you are with your goals! Good luck with them, not that you need it ;)

Gwen Gardner said...

New love. *sigh*. I'm so happy for you, Angela. You are getting such a lot done. I need to set goals, then I'm sure I'd get more done. Can't wait for Neverlove!

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

Enjoy the honeymoon :) Looks like you're doing well with your goals - good work! How did you like those books you read? I've only read Possession off that list, but I have Spruce Knoll and Solstice. Which should I read first? :)

Maria Zannini said...

When do you sleep, woman?! And you have a munchkin too!

For April I did something I put off for too long. I met with other writers and friends IN PERSON throughout the month. Blogs are wonderful, but nothing beats a good hug and a rousing bull session.

Leslie Rose said...

In my next life I'm going to be as productive as you. I think the spark of Neverlove will only grow.

Angela Brown said...

Hey J.L. Consistency has been key in staying on target.

Angela Brown said...

Oh yes, Charlie. I can use ALL the luck you and every person can send my way...please :-)

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Gwen. Honestly, I can't say I'd be where I am now without setting these monthly goals for #writemotivation, the brainchild of KT Hanna. This is been so helpful.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Wow -- are you writing the whole first draft in a month? NaNo in May -- You go!

I am excited about my new WIP, too, but it's not getting done in a month. And I'm already over the word count quota for this part of the story. Urg. What else is new? I am too wordy.

Angela Brown said...

I'm doing all I can to relish this time of joy :-)

Now, to answer your question, I would have to say Spruce Knoll. I actually say this for the fact that Solstice has been sold by PJ Hoover and it will be re-released either late this year or sometime next year. Can't remember the timeframe. Two thumbs up to PJ!!!

Angela Brown said...

Chipmunk has been very forgiving of me. Plus, I have her reading books so that when she's reading, I'm either reading something so it can be "together" time or doing some writing. Sleep comes to kidnap me and I just wake up to the alarm the next day lol!!!

Glad you've had a chance to meet some bloggers in person. I can't wait for a chance to do some of that as well.

Angela Brown said...

I still think I'm riding high from the wonderful encouragement from blog followers like you and Raelyn who pumped my heart full of gooey joy with your words of encouragement from how much you enjoyed Abby and Basil's blog opera.

Angela Brown said...

I'm hoping to get the whole draft done this month. It's an aggressive goal, but one that, even if I don't meet it, will have me very close to the finish line.

You may not be wordy...just beautifically descriptive. Yes, not sure if that is a real word but there it is lol!!

J Q Rose said...

Angela, we have in our crit group one gal who MAKES us set goals each Monday. Oh yeah, she cracks the whip! I have never actually written down the goals till joining this group. AND I really, really think it helps. You are doing great on yours. Keep up the good work. BTW I love your blog. Best wishes!

Angela Brown said...

Thank you, JQ. And man, you've got a driver in your crit group. But darned if I can't agree with you more. It really does help having them written down.

Clarissa Draper said...

Congrats for completing your goals. I love setting and reaching my goals.

Shelley Munro said...

You're doing well with your goals. Keep up the great work!

Candilynn Fite said...

Great goals, Angela. You're an inspiration. :)) Can't wait to read the finished product of Nevermore! I love how you were inspired to write a novel from the challenge.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Congrats on meeting and keeping your goals Angela!!! I love the honeymoon stage of writing!

David P. King said...

Can I tell you how much I love that title? Neverlove. That alone makes me want to read it. Best to your WiP! :)

The Brazen Broads said...

Well, I sure hope you'll send your book, when finished, over to the Broads. We'd love to read, Angela. Congrats on hitting those goals. You seem to be doing well.
Moíra ♣ - @Brazen Broads

Susan Oloier said...

Angela, I like how refer to being in the honeymoon stage with NEVERMORE right now. I'm having that experience with a first-draft YA right now. I'm sure it will come to an end someday for me :-)

PJ Hoover said...

Thank you for the good news love! And great luck going for your goals!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Sounds like you're doing a great job reaching your goals, Angela. You're setting a great example for me. :D

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you're doing well with your goals. :) I'm trying to do the same.

Anonymous said...

great work on your goals. i'm only making fair progress so far, but at least it's progress.

PJ Hoover said...

Yay! Thank you!!!!! <3

Christy Farmer said...

You're doing an awesome job, Angela! Crossing fingers for you on "Neverlove"! Keep up the great work!