Update | Goals and Self-Doubt

A goal should scare you a little, and excite you a lot.

– Joe Vitale

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Update time! Normally, I do a goals and a recap of the year post, so I thought I would now too. The problem is that I didn’t have much of a goal written down for last year. My goal was to write 250.000 words.

I wrote 289.333 so yay me! But in retrospect, the words don’t matter as much as me starting a new name, Holly Day, and that Holly had 12 releases.

What annoys me is that now that I went back to look at what I had written as my goals for 2021, I saw that in 2020 I wrote 377.038 words. I mean FFS! That’s almost 100k more than I did this year, and I thought I did well. So yeah… now I’m put out instead of pleased LOL

I also wrote that I would write the third story in the Rockshade’s PID series during 2021. Did I? No! 😠

Ah well… on to 2022

Goals for 2022

I feel a bit nauseous writing this, but I want to do 12 new Holly stories, and I realise it might not be possible, but I want to. And then JMS has short story calls every other month throughout the year, and I want to do those. Aaaand I’ve signed up for a thing in December that means I’ll have to write stories – one for Ofelia and one for Holly – plus I really want to write that third story in the Rockshade’s PID series LOL

Without Rockshade, I’ve written down 16 deadlines in my bullet journal – that’s more than one story a month. And short stories are awesome, really, really awesome but even if I keep all stories short, I don’t really see how I’ll be able to pull this off.

Routine and discipline will get you a long way, but I fear I’ll have to sleep at some point LOL

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Update | Cheers and Fireworks 

“You never achieve success unless you like what you are doing.”

― Dale Carnegie

typewriter-3711589_640I guess this will be the final update for the year. I started 2021 by saying I was gonna write 250.000 words, and I have. I reached my goal on November 11th 🥳

So far this year, I’ve written 270.463 words. I’m not saying they’ve all been good words because of course they haven’t, but I’ve written them. I’ve gone up early almost every morning this year to write – unless I’ve had to go to the dreaded day job. I’ve still gone up early, but instead of sitting in the quiet by my desk and making up worlds and adventures, I’ve killed my soul for money.  I’m sure there is a lesson there.

But now we’re here, and I will write in December too, but I’ve done what I set out to do. Everything from here on out is a bonus.

How are you doing with your goals? There is still time to reach them!

I’ll have a think about what my goals will be for next year. I have no idea what my work situation will look like, so I won’t plan anything outrageous LOL but it would be lovely if I could do a repeat. We’ll see 😊

Update | Almost There!

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”

– Albert Einstein

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It’s update time, people! I filled out my numbers over at Wordkeeperalpha – I used to have a year-long project at NaNoWriMo, but then they updated their site, and my numbers got messed up. The lovely A.L. Lester then told me about Wordkeeperalpha, and that’s where I’ve kept my words ever since 😄

Anyway, adding all my numbers since it’s been two weeks since I last did, it turned out I’m 98.95% done! My goal for 2021 is to write 250.000 words, and so far, I’ve written 247.368. So I need to write 2632 words. That’s it!

And guess who sent in her story to her lovely publisher last night and therefore is allowed to start a new story – moi!

I think I’ll reach my goal this week unless the dreaded day job messes everything up, but should I decide to drag this out, I only need to write 48 words per day till the end of the year to reach my goal.

How are you doing with your goals? There are still 54 days left of this year! Don’t give up 😊