“July is a blind date with summer.” Sundial of the Seasons ~ by Hal Borland
I BUSTED OUT OF TWITTER FOLLOW JAIL!!!
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.
Anyone who tries to bring you down, ask that person "What's YOUR goal?" and watch that person reply, "I don't know."
Remember that answer when someone gives effort to bring you down from your goal. That person has no goal. You are their goal.
Don't be annoyed. Ask. You'll see.
— Joseph J. Miccolis (@JosephJMiccolis) July 24, 2019
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.”
MAIN LIFE GOALS:
- Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
- Survive at least another 35 years
- Publish a book and sell 2,000 copies of it in one week or 8,000 copies of it in one month.
- Watch a meteor shower while in the Cranberry Lake area of New York or Cherry Springs State Park in Pennsylvania. (USA)
- Visit Mount Sinai.
- Learn how to play checkers.
- Take a hot-air balloon ride over Maine.
- Have dinner at Armando al Pantheon in Rome.
Current Writing Goals
- Self-publish + Blog the reference book on Writing Book Reviews #BookishResolutions
- 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.
- 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:
- Lenni Lenape (Native American) — 0 posts
- storytelling –0 posts
- writing –1 post
- legends — 0 posts
- characters — 0 posts
- urban fantasy/ speculative fiction — 0 posts
- read –1 posts
- 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!
- September 1
- Take part in NaNoWriMo
- July Camp #BookishResolutions
- November 50k words #BookishResolutions
- Publish two books #BookishResolutions
- One: Writing Book Reviews As An Author: Inspiration To Make It Easier
- Be part of 3 blog hops/fests
- Enter 7 writing contests #BookishResolutions
- 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:
- 50 Book Pledge
- Goodreads ~ 50 books
- Bout of Books 24 January
- Bout of Books 25 May
- Bout of Books 26 August
- TackleTBR September 16 – 22
- Try Something New
- Author I Haven’t Previously Read — #BookishResolutions Goal= 12 — Read= 15
- Debut Book — #BookishResolutions Goal= 8 — Read= 6
- First book in a series — #BookishResolutions Goal= 2 — Read= 3
- Trope Challenge
- MC returns to hometown Trope — #BookishResolutions Goal= 2 — Read= 1
- Beat my Backlist
- #BeatTheBacklist — #BookishResolutions Goal= 20 — Read= 14
- Read books selected by The Insecure Writer’s Support Group (Book Club)
- #IWSG Book Club — #BookishResolutions Goal= 3 — Read= 1
- Read books selected by Of Wonderland Book Club
- #OWBookClub Book Club — #BookishResolutions Goal= 3 — Read= 0
- Read Speculative Fiction books — #BookishResolutions Goal= 7 — Read= 7
- Read Classic books — #BookishResolutions Goal= 3 — Read= 0
- Read Writing Craft books — #BookishResolutions Goal= 4 — Read= 5
- Read Diverse books — #BookishResolutions Goal= 3 — Read= 9
- Read A to Z Challenge books — #BookishResolutions Goal= 2 — Read= 5
- Work on the spreadsheet organizing my TBR by page length
- Comment on 30 blogs
- Comment on 10 #AtoZChallenge blogs
- Monthly Blog All About It post
- Tweet 10 Diverse Book tweets
- Tweet 4 Debut Book tweets
- Operation Awesome – debut authors (SIX spots left this year.)
- Fix more broken image links
- Follow more All Author group members
- Take part in Sunday Stealing posts
- Review-a-thon in BoutofBook-ers Facebook group
Goals just for August:
- Read and review 6 books
- Post results of the #AtoZChallenge after survey
- Do Bout of Books (reading, reviewing, challenges)
- Work more on Anah’s story
- Have a good birthday
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
- Pass or Pages Query Contest at Operation
- July NaNo camp Pretty sure I’ll have this done before July ends. Only need 3 more hours!