It’s the first Monday of August, which means it’s time for the accountability thread! Okay, okay, you caught me. It’s Tuesday. Life intervened and I couldn’t make it by the blog on Monday, but that doesn’t mean we get out of sharing our July progress and posting our August goals. Even though some of us (ahem) might really like to skip that part about sharing July progress, or lack thereof.
First, a reminder about how this works. The first Monday of each month, we’ll invite you to share your plans and goals for the upcoming month. (Okay, yes, I keep saying Monday and today is Tuesday, but just for this month we’ll call in Monday-ish. Monday-adjacent. You get the idea.) As this is a writing blog, we’re dying to know about your writing goals, but feel free to share other life goals as well. Learning origami, taking up daily meditation, or perfecting your crow pose? Tell us what you hope to achieve by August 31st, 2017. Then be sure to come back the first Monday in September to share your progress!
I’ll go first, but only because I have no choice. Fair warning: it’s not pretty, people.
July Goals with Outcomes
1) Finish the second ginormous revision of my Victorian Romance novella and submit it to beta readers. Seriously.
Not completed. I really was serious. And I made some important progress. I untangled some plot problems identified by critique readers as well as a few new ones I’d created in fixing the old ones. I’ve really connected with these characters and know them so much better than I did at the start of the summer. And I’m about halfway through the revision, which is more like a total rewrite than I’d hoped it would be, but the book is getting stronger page by page.
2) Choose an editor, a proofreader, and a cover artist for the novella.
Partially completed. I’ve gotten through the first round of down-selecting, and have narrowed it down to two contenders in each category.
3) Write the first draft of Act II of Take the Money and Run and submit it to my coach for comments.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, that didn’t happen. Not completed.
4) Read one book a week, every week. I’m dialing this down from two, because I really need more writing time if I’m to have any hope of completing goals 1 and 3.
Completed. Finally, a goal I not only met, but exceeded! I read 9 books in July. Yes, that might have had a little something to do with falling short on my other goals, but what the hell. Those were 9 good books.
1) Get through All the Things for my daughter’s wedding, which is happening in September. Everything from helping out of town (including international) guests with travel and accommodations to getting final dress fittings to planning the post-wedding (next day) brunch. Mother of the bride is nearly a full-time job at T minus 27 days.
2) Start a new consulting gig in my day job world. Yeah, that one definitely wasn’t on any of my 2017 plans, but it kind of fell out of the sky. There’s a lot to discuss. So much so that I’ll devote a separate post to that topic. But in the meantime, I’m putting it on my August list. This is a gimme because I’ve signed a contract and start billing hours this week, but hey, after my poor showing in July, I need a few things I can put in the win column.
3) FINALLY finish that novella revision. I’ve told you enough about it. Now I just need to shut up and do it.
4) Pick an editor for the novella (and the rest of the Victorian Romance series). Finalizing a proofreader and cover artist would be added bonuses. Fingers crossed.
5) Work on Act II of Take the Money and Run. I’m not even promising to finish the damn thing. Just work on it. Baby steps, people.
Now it’s time for all of you playing along at home. How did your muses and writing moods and best-laid plans treat you in July? What amazing and lofty goals are you setting for August?