I’m not feeling very accountable lately. Last month I was a day late with this post. This month, I’ve stretched it to a week. I’m afraid it gets worse from there. I accomplished none of my August writing goals. And a week into September, I’m not showing much improvement. But wait! The story does get happier, I promise!
First things first, though. Here’s a brief recap of my August goals, complete with admissions of defeat.
1) Get through All the Things for my daughter’s wedding, which HAPPENED on September 3. I should really stop there. This one I completed like a champ. I took on even more than I’d planned, like playing house mother during a week-long trip to the beach with the bridal party, throwing together a last-minute bridal shower after the maid of honor forgot to do it, and hosting out-of-country relatives a few days longer than we’d originally planed. It was all worth it. The wedding was beautiful and perfect, full of personal details and all the feelz. It was one of the most amazing days of our lives. So yeah, mic drop here.
Except…Optimist Nancy did set those other pesky goals way back in the beginning August. And this thread is all about accountability, which doesn’t work if we don’t ‘fess up when we fall short of our goals. So deep breath in, big girl pants on. Let’s finish this thing.
2) Start a new consulting gig in my day job world. Not only did I accomplish this goal; I exceeded it. The job was supposed to ramp up slowly, with a big project I’d support coming in October. Due to circumstances beyond the control of me or the company, the project started six weeks early. Just as I and my family were in the final days of wedding craziness. Given this turn of events, you can imagine how my last few weeks have gone.
3) FINALLY finish that novella revision. I’m so, so sad to report I have not even opened this file for weeks. I will get there, I swear, but I’m obviously taking a slow boat to China to finish this thing.
4) Pick an editor for the novella (and the rest of the Victorian Romance series). I did pick two editors with whom I think I’d work well, so as soon as I, ahem, finish the damn revision, I’ll see whose schedule aligns with mine. I’m claiming this as a half-win!
5) Work on Act II of Take the Money and Run. I’m taking partial credit for this one as well. I didn’t add pages to the manuscript, but I did noodle around with some of the issues that cropped up while I wrote Act I. I still love the characters and this world, and while it’s a Women’s Fiction story, there is a sizzling hot romance, so I’m anxious to get back to the story.
Now for the happier story. There’s a new dawn, there’s a new day. There’s a new month. (Yes, I know, we’re more than a third of the way through said new month, but for goal-setting purposes, let’s just say we’re starting a new month.)
1) Finish the novella revision. Yes, you’ve seen this goal before, multiple times. I’m going to hope this is the last time you see it in the to-be-completed pile. In fact, I’ll go one better than that. I plan to make this the last time this goal appears on the list. In October I will claim success!
2) Make my one-year writing plan. I already did this months ago, but my writing has gotten derailed so many times, I don’t even know where the tracks are anymore. I’m attending a retreat with writer friends the last weekend in September, and before I do anything else (like work on the damn revision), I’m doing an honest assessment of short- and long-term goals, then building myself some new tracks.
3) Sign up for a 6-month book coaching program. I won’t start the program until October, after the day job has settled down a bit, but as soon as I have my plan in hand and know what I want to accomplish by the end of March, I’m going to get on the coach’s roster.
4) Re-engage with this and other special online communities. I miss you! All of you! I miss following the posts and the discussions, reading Friday writing sprints, and being a part of this wonderful and supportive community. You’ve always been here; I’m the one who had to wander away for a while. But now I’m back. Maybe not as much as I want to be just yet, but back a little bit. And once I clear a few more hurdles life has seen fit to throw in my path, I’ll be back more regularly.
So that’s where I’ve been this past month and where I hope to go during the last (not quite) three weeks of September. Now it’s your turn. How did August go in your part of the world? What’s up for September? And does anyone want some ice cream cake left over from a bridal shower?