May 26 2017

Barbequing Summer Goals

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I’m over my A to Z burnout. The survey results are on the a to z blog, with my thanks to the 231 people who filled it out.
(There were 1344 blogs at the end of the 2016 challenge. Feel free to do the math on the likely percent of participants took the 2017 survey.)
The stats were pretty positive, overall. Here’s my favorite one:
69% follow blogs they found through the #AtoZChallenge!

If you’ve been checking out my blog over the last few days, you know I’ve been reading the book 47 Mind Hacks for Writers by Karen Dimmick & Steve Dimmick. There are two new sections in my usual goal area as a result. (Writing End Goals and Weekly Goals) Accountability is likely to keep me on track, and that’s part of what this hop is about!

As for my annual outdoor adventure by myself… Snookums and I had a bit of tiff over it. There was some bad weather, so the other half didn’t want me to go. I explained that I don’t care if it rains. It isn’t as if it was all sunshine and roses for the first decade or so of my life. But I somehow lost this debate this time.

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  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
  • Survive at least another 38 years
  • There’s also the Bucket List.

Current Writing End Goals

From the End Goals of an Author post.

  • To consider the feedback of two (already lined up) Beta Readers and then self-publish Fractions of Existence in 2017.
  • Self-publish Anah’s Story by March 20, 2018.
  • Find a way (emotionally, mentally) to complete the high fantasy short story.
  • Redo the longer version of the tribal story, then self-publish it in 2018.

2017 Resolution:

  • This year I resolve to finish at least one of my big writing projects.

2017 Goals:

survivor #atozchallenge
@JLenniDorner #nanowrimo Camp-2017-Winner-Profile-Photo

2017 Reading challenges GenreSF120 #NewToMe2017 image #FlightsOfFantasy image debut author reading challenge 2017 image

2017 Reading Challenge

J. has
read 0 books toward
their goal of
50 books.

Goals for June:

June Badge #WEPFF Bridges writing

Weekly Goals:

May 28 – June 3 Prepare FoE for Betas.
June 4- June 10 Prepare for WEP
June 11- June 17 Prepare FoE for Betas.
June 18- June 24 Writing 6000 words of Anah’s Story.
June 25- July 1 Writing 6000 words of Anah’s Story.

Review of Goals for May:

  • #atozchallenge reflection post
  • Leave comments on A to Z reflection blog posts Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Help in the OA Pass or Pages query challenge Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Annual trek alone to the wilderness Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
  • Finish following the All Author group members on Twitter Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
  • Bout of Books 19 Read-a-thon Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal

Finished during Bout of Books
Runaway by J.R. Vincente
We Can Be Mended (Divergent #3.5) by Veronica Roth
Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard
Tender Wings of Desire by Colonel Sanders
The Virgin Billionaire by Ryan Field
Wider Still and Wider by Curtis Bausse
The next Bout of Books starts August 20.

@JLenniDorner is the Interviewer for the Operation Awesome blog Debut Author Spotlight on Wednesdays


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  1. Ambitious goals and well done for making progress with your writing. Interested in your plan to do a wilderness walk and sorry it looks like you didn’t achieve it. I spend far more time walking than I do writing!
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    1. For me, it’s more like going home. Spending too much time out of nature drives me mad.
      Thanks for stopping in.

    • Misha on May 27, 2017 at 4:20 PM

    You’re really rocking the goals! Nicely done. Sorry that you couldn’t go on your trip.
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    1. Thanks!
      I’m excited about the new weekly goals.

  2. I didn’t do as well with the A-Z Challenge this year. I posted every day and tried to comment on some of them, but life got in my way. I hope to do an A-Z reflection post in June, though, and visit more blogs.
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    1. That’s the nice thing — the blogs are always there.

  3. Awesome goals. I wish you luck on all of them. Especially living the 38+ years. May they be very happy ones filled with lots of books 😀
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    1. Thanks! I do love any year that’s filled with books.

  4. If you like Self help books. You may like Power of Habit or Show Your book-A book for artists and writers and the importance of showing your work and the process to anyone interested.
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    1. Who is the author of “Show Your book” ?
      Sounds interesting.

  5. Wishing you all the best with your goals! I think they sound awesome. Especially living another 38+ years. 🙂
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    1. Thanks! And thank you for stopping by.

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