Sep 26 2014

October 2014 goals post – hop toward autumn

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Here’s something about culture, about how our society seems to be:


We measure our progress and our success based on how well it advances our independence.


It starts with babies. The milestones of interest are largely holding a bottle, walking, talking, and using the potty. Each of these propels a person toward independence. (Note- I am not saying that an adult who is unable to walk has lost independence. I’m saying that a baby who learns to walk doesn’t need to be carried everywhere. Swap it with wheelchair usage if need be.) Parents, or other caregivers, tend to want these milestones for their young. It becomes a big deal.


This praise for independence continues as a child grows. Brushing teeth without being told, going to bed on time, doing schoolwork without a fuss, making ones own food, learning to drive– these are all goals that many set.


Here in adulthood, we need to set our own goals. Sometimes we give up a bit of the independence we once fought so valiantly to achieve. For many of us, we find that our cheering section has declined. (Don’t think so? Take a little tyke to a diner and sit in a section with a nice middle-aged waitress. Say something like, “Someone can make poo-poo and wipe it up without help!” She’ll cheer for the kid. Follow up the statement with, “Oh, I meant myself.” Enjoy the awkward moment.) ((PS- I’m totally kidding. Don’t do that. Unless, of course, you have a friend who will put it on YouTube for you. No, really, I’m joking.)) In the world of adulthood, goals are something you need to want for yourself.


Though, every once in awhile, someone comes along to boost your drive a little.

With that in mind, I extend my warm thanks to Misha Gericke for this blog hop. It really helps keep me on track every month. (Even if some months it looks like I’ve fallen into the wasteland.)




So, without further ado, here are my current goals and review of goals from the past:



  • Publish two decent-selling book series
  • Survive at least another 40 years


2014 Goals:

  • Publish something every week on this blog (ie: Sunday Seven)
  • Have 5000 Twitter followers ~ currently at 3,704 — up 63 from last month!
  • Update / redo and
  • Download the update for my blog theme, whatever that might entail



Goals for October:

  • Keep up on Twitter follows
  • Remember to tweet for #WW #WriterWednesday  and  #ReaderthuRsday #RR
  • Finish reading 2 books
  • Take part in the Bucket List Blog Hop
  • Keep working on the fantasy book
  • Submit the next assignment for the fantasy writing class


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Review of Goals for September:

  • Keep up on Twitter follows
  • Remember to tweet for #WW #WriterWednesday  and  #ReaderthuRsday #RR
  • Finish reading 2 books Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Finish up the fantasy writing class
  • Move on to the next lesson in the writing for youth class   Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Visit and comment on 20 other blogs Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal  ~ Super accomplished! Between this hop,  Tina’s memorial (where I visited 107 blogs), and Alex’s Blogfest
  • Keep up with #WRiTECLUB2014 new entries Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Update / redo and
  • Download the update for my blog theme, whatever that might entail
  • Take part in Alex’s blogfest Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal



 Struggling with goals? Check out this post from Pecked by Ducks



Review of Other Previous Goals:

  • To get 300 signers on the guestbook.  ~ currently at 117
  • To get a literary agent.  ~ Still working on it.
  • To finish writing book two of the existence series.   ~On hold.
  • Work on Fraction of Existence rewrite ~ No progress this month
  • Work on the other fantasy book series ~ PROGRESS!!! Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Work on query letter ~ No progress this month
  • try Aloe water Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal



I’m actually still visiting blogs for Alex’s fest, but I hope and plan to complete that this weekend.

#Writeclub2014 has come to a close. The final two are on DL’s blog. Both are fantastic. I highly suggest checking them out.

I did fall a bit behind in my #WW and #RR this month. And I have to get back to using Social Bro again so I can find all those new followers and follow them back!

Aloe water- the one I tried- tastes just like regular water. I have no idea if any of the alleged health benefits have really come my way. I feel the exact same. Not sure how much I’d need to take before noticing a change.

The fantasy book– I managed to write two chapters this week! Yay. It was painstaking. Normally my words flow so fast that the screen can’t keep up. This week… it was more like 2 words a minute or something. Okay, I’m exaggerating. But really, I’d scroll, and say, “Is this it? Two pages?!? What have I been doing!???!” Micro-naps perhaps? I don’t know. But I’m planning to plug away at it more tonight.

As for reading two books:

This month I went with
Two books I read
(Actually, I have a few pages of Insurgent to go- but I’m positive that I’ll finish that this weekend.)


Under His Command was an intriguing book. The main female character had some interesting view points and thoughts which provided me with insight that I otherwise would not have gained. I learned about an interesting “relationship enhancing” technique which I was previously unaware. Those of you who are looking for some erotic entertainment through books would do well to check this out. I’m personally hoping for a story featuring the female firefighter and the brother, as that blossoming relationship amused me.


Insurgent isn’t quite the same as Divergent, yet it is enjoyable and has several twists I did not expect. Candor baffles me: People who grew up in a place where lying is rare seem considerably hellbent on seeking out anything that isn’t truth. A bit like craving a food you’ve never tasted and barely heard of. Still, I find the writing dependable for enjoyment.


And on the joyous news front– I have a writing win!

A story I entered in a contest has been selected as an honorable mention, and as such will be published this December in an anthology.

(More details will follow when I get them.)
contest win

See you next month!


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  1. Nice work on the goals! I never write out my goals – but I do keep some in mind as I work and it certainly helps to keep me focused! 🙂
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    1. Thank you.
      Having the goals has helped keep me in check this year. I’m very glad for this hop.

  2. Congratulations on the contest honorable mention and upcoming publication! You’re making great progress on your goals.
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    1. Thanks so much. 🙂

  3. Thanks for following my blog! Surviving this next week is all I am up to. And like Shannon wrote: congratulations on the honorable mention. Have a great new week,
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    1. Thanks so much!
      Yes, sometimes survival is the best we can hope for.

  4. So great that you’ve written out your goals. I have 4 this year, and I’ve only accomplished 1. I’d better get moving! :0)
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    1. One more goal completed each month and you’ll be good. 😉

    • Deniz on October 11, 2014 at 4:32 AM

    Congratulations on the contest! Love that cartoon, it’s so true…and the mischief managed — I’d like to use that icon on my blog! Sounds like you’re doing great with your goals. I hadn’t realised this was Misha’s bloghop, I’m so behind on commenting…will have to go visit her!
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    1. I did a “photomanipulation” of sorts with the mischief managed. I have the banner from a photoshop magazine, the footprints from a free source website, and the Harry Potter font was a gift bought for me by a friend a decade ago. So, as I put all of those together, though they resemble a certain famous magic map, I did create the icon. Use the icon if you like. I doubt it breaks any rules (considering my art teacher, when I was 12, had me trying to draw replicas of famous art, and that wasn’t illegal).

      Thanks so much for dropping by.

    • Deniz on October 16, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    Thanks for the detailed explanation! I’ll let you know if I use it 🙂
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    1. You’re welcome.

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