Jul 29 2019

July is a blind date with summer #quote Goals Update

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“July is a blind date with summer.” Sundial of the Seasons ~ by Hal Borland

That’s right. I finally got proactive and did enough unfollowing of inactive accounts that I busted myself out of Twitter follow jail. I can follow people again! Woo.

Two things had a negative impact on my goals this month:

1- I noticed that Anah, of my story ANAH ON TENTERHOOKS, doesn’t have a personal goal she could achieve on her own. For example, in the (non-fiction but is similar to Anah’s situation) DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, Anne’s obstacle is that she had to hide from the Nazis and then hope the Allied Forces would save her. That wasn’t something she could personally achieve on her own. My story is fiction, and my main character needs some sort of goal she can fight toward. Preferably something that her obstacle, not being abducted by the HSMTF, is hindered by would be good. I’ve kicked around the idea of giving her a hobby and her wanting to go to a convention for that hobby (as part of her goal), but the HSMTF might be there so it’s dangerous. Right now, she’d be able to take on one agent, maybe three or four. But the entire task force? She isn’t there yet. So I need her to have a goal that’s possible (even if she can’t reach it, at least plausible).

2- I’ve been fighting for a cause. It isn’t very different from what Anah’s dealing with in the story. A particular skill set from my unusual past is, hopefully, useful to learn for some of my fellow Native Americans. And that’s all I can really say about that. Except it takes up random chunks of my soul and triggers memories I’d rather keep locked away.


My brilliant A to Z cohost, J R Vincente, made a spreadsheet to track progress for the year.
I’m counting blogging as “social media.”
key 2019 Productivity JLenniDorner image



  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
  • Survive at least another 35 years


  1. Publish a book and sell 2,000 copies of it in one week or 8,000 copies of it in one month.
  2. Watch a meteor shower while in the Cranberry Lake area of New York or Cherry Springs State Park in Pennsylvania. (USA)
  3. Visit Mount Sinai.
  4. Skydive
  5. Learn how to play checkers.
  6. Take a hot-air balloon ride over Maine.
  7. Have dinner at Armando al Pantheon in Rome.

Goal image (NOT an actual screenshot.)

Current Writing Goals

  • Self-publish + Blog the reference book on Writing Book Reviews #BookishResolutions Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Self-publish Anah’s story (ANAH ON TENTERHOOKS) #BookishResolutions , including writing 60k more words, by August 2020.
  • Write 15k more words of high fantasy short story, and publish it, by Feb 2021 to give the characters more story-space/ page-time.
  • Write 20k more words of WIGS tribal short story, and publish it, by April 2021 to prove to myself it’s worthwhile.
  • Write 40k more words of the next Existence book, and publish it, by Sept 2022 to share this version of a story that was passed on to me, and hopefully make some money and have a career as a writer as a result.
  • Write 90k more words of Alison Fantasy book, and publish it, by Sept 2023 to sell books so my RPG time was valuable.

Other important goals:

Enter 2 writing contests this year to get my brand out there.
Complete my reading challenges half way for the year for fun and to be a better writer.
Comment on 20 blogs a month to stay connected with my blogging community.
Tweet 5 diverse books a month to support book diversity.
Tweet 2 debut books a month to support debut authors.
Fix 13 blog posts a month from Photobucket broken links to make my blog aesthetically pleasing to my eye.
Unfollow 900 Tweeps by Aug to get out of Twitter follow jail. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal

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2019 Resolution:


  • This year I resolve to publish two books and write at least 25% of the year.

Seven Focus Topics

Posting about these topics monthly will keep my author brand strong:

  1. Lenni Lenape (Native American) — 0 posts
  2. storytelling –0 posts
  3. writing –1 post
  4. legends — 0 posts
  5. characters — 0 posts
  6. urban fantasy/ speculative fiction — 0 posts
  7. read –1 posts

2019 Goals:

  • 12 Blog All About It posts
  • Keep rocking the Debut Author Spotlight at Operation Awesome
  • 91 days of writing is my big #BookishResolutions (others are hashtagged)
    • Update on May 1 Posted!Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
    • September 1
  • Take part in NaNoWriMo
    • July Camp #BookishResolutions
    • November 50k words #BookishResolutions
  • Publish two books #BookishResolutions
    1. One: Writing Book Reviews As An Author: Inspiration To Make It Easier Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
    2. Two:
  • Be part of 3 blog hops/fests
    1. One: #AtoZChallenge First A to Z Book Tour Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
    2. Two: #AtoZChallenge TENTH anniversary of the April blogging challenge Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
    3. Three:
  • Enter 7 writing contests #BookishResolutions
    1. One: WriteClub 2019 ~ Congratulations to Wendy Cross.aka Sicaria
    2. Two: WEP April
    3. Three: WEP June
    4. Four: SPFBO5 Progress= Qwillery – Qwill has mine.
    5. Five:
    6. Six:
    7. Seven:
  • Add 200 books to the spreadsheet organizing my TBR by page length
    • 419 as of Jan 1
    • 430 as of Feb 23
    • 432 as of Mar 29
    • 441 as of April 30
    • 448 as of May 31
    • 461 as of June 28
    • 473 as of July 28
  • Complete Reading challenges:

blog all about it challenge 2019 try something new square 2019 book reading challenge all about the trope 2019 book reading challengeCreativity Reading Challenge 2019 Back to the Classics 2019 reading challenge2019 Diversity Reading Challenge #BeatTheBacklist2019 Ravenclaw The Insecure Writer's Support Group Book Club #IWSG Of Wonderland Book Club #OWBookClub #BeatTheBacklist #amreading #books 2019 #BookishResolutions

2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge
J. has
read 0 books toward
their goal of
50 books.


Goals just for August:

  • Read and review 6 books
  • Post results of the #AtoZChallenge after survey
  • Do Bout of Books (reading, reviewing, challenges)
  • WEP
  • Work more on Anah’s story
  • Have a good birthday

wepff aug 2019 Bout of Books
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 26 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Review of Goals just for July:

  • Read and review 4 books Pretty sure I’ll have this done before July ends.
  • Post results of the #AtoZChallenge after survey FAIL image because @JLenniDorner FAILED this goal
  • Pass or Pages Query Contest at Operation Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • July NaNo camp Pretty sure I’ll have this done before July ends. Only need 3 more hours!

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  1. Sorry for only getting here now. Didn’t see you guys left comments until a few minutes ago.

    Interesting point about Anne Frank’s goal. As you said, her story is non-fiction, but I think the thing that made it resonate was the fact that it has so much about her diary that reads like a story.

    Your book sounds fascinating, btw. 🙂
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    1. Thank you. Anah’s story gets more and more relevant every day. Which is good for me as a writer, but sucks for me and all humans. So, yup, there’s that.
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  2. Whoa, J Lenni, I didn’t have time to read all of this post, but wow , do you have some great goals. Inspiring! I love to read anything about Anne Frank but I’d never thought of her in this way before. It’s all about her internal journey which she was in control of. The external journey was mostly out of her hands, unfortunately.

    Glad to see WEP on your August goals!
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    1. Exactly what I’m thinking about. Because Anah’s story, the big conflict that makes my point is something that’s out of her control. So I need to give her a second obstacle, something that her choices can influence. Even a decision we don’t like is a choice, that sort of thing.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!
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