I was serious when I made my goals for 2010. I’ve been hard at work with life and writing and here it is, one month down already. Where do things stand in my quest for life-dream fulfillment? Take a look:
Goal 1. Write a second novel in my No Peace for the Damned Magnolia Kelch series – I submitted Chapter 2 of the series’ second book to my writer’s group for feedback. Their response: needs work. Where the prologue and first chapter had a steady mix of emotion and action, I don’t have enough happening in this second chapter. I introduce a new character, but the conversation is flat and the story doesn’t really move forward. Not to mention the chapter ending is weak. (This is exactly why I LOVE my writer’s group! They give me the reality of my work before I make the mistake of thinking it’s actually good.) I’ve started on the third chapter but haven’t done much with it for about two weeks. Now I’m at that awkward point where I need to decide whether to correct chapter 2, or just keep moving forward. Either way, I really need to get a move on it this month if I want it ready for submission by the end of the year:)
Goal 2. More focused time with the kids – Quality time with my kids is hard because what I consider quality and what they consider quality are two totally different things. For example, I’d love to sit with my son and read with him, or have him help me fix dinner, or even play Battleship. However, he’d much rather I sit and watch instant replays on his Wii Madden 10 game – over and over again until I realize the true awesomeness that is Madden 10. So these past couple weeks I’ve tried to just ‘listen’ to them. What do they really want from me when we’re together? Sounds easy enough but I’ve been a parent long enough to know that this whole parent/child relationship thing is just plain confusing and much harder than it looks. Fortunately, the rewards are what makes life worth living. True awesomeness for sure!
Goal 3. Publish 1 article per week for examiner.com – Last week I published 2 articles for examiner.com. (http://www.examiner.com/x-29283-Indianapolis-Community-Sports-Examiner) So does that mean I don’t have to publish one this week to meet my goal? Yeah, I didn’t think so either.
Goal 4. Develop self-marketing platform – I twitter now! I was addicted to Facebook when I started using it, so I was somewhat prepared for the allure of twitter and am pacing myself well. I am working my way through the ins and outs as more of a process than anything else. I have connected with some awesome writers and even have a couple blogs I’m following now so the appeal level if definitely high. But I don’t want to jump in and drown when I don’t really know how to swim yet. It’s a start, but I still have a long way to go on the whole personal marketing platform.
February is off to a distracting start, full of No Peace for the Damned book 1 revisions and under-the-weather kids, but I will not be daunted! I will meet my goals for the year and be a better person for it, gosh darn it! That said, I think I’ll get another cup of coffee. This is going to be a long year:)