Howdy, howdy! How is everyone doing? Is 2020 treating you well? It has been a quiet month for me. I’ve been working hard. And since I have nothing to really talk about right now, I thought I would let you know how my goals are going thus far. I mean, it’s only been 22 days, but I’m a little impressed by how well I’m keeping up with things. I’ve usually dropped the ball on at least one of my goals by now. I can admit that. But not this time. Not yet.
Revision: I’m a little more than a quarter of the way through the major changes in DS1. I fell behind a little last week because some unforeseen errands popped up, but I managed to tack some extra words on my writing days to make up for the 1,000 words I missed. I’m still on track to meet my March 20th deadline. February might upset this rhythm a little bit (one of my favorite people is coming to visit one weekend! Yay!), but I can play around with word count to catch up on anything I miss if I really want to. Or I can just be happy that I’ll still be ahead of my April 30th deadline because I’m lazy.
Reading: I’ve finished 2 books so far. One of them, I will be reviewing either next week or the end of February (I haven’t decided). The other book was my first re-read of the year: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. It wasn’t as fun this time around. I’m hoping the series gets better as I get further in because I don’t remember much about the other books at all. I’m also currently reading two other books. One will be my review book for next week or February depending on how fast I can finish it. The other is a book of essays. You can stalk me on GoodReads if you want to see exactly what I’m reading.
Submitting and querying: I’m still submitting two pieces a week. I’ve got a couple of pieces shortlisted (fingers crossed) and have already received a few rejections this year. As far as querying goes, that has to wait until I’m done with revisions, so as long as they’re on track, I consider my querying goal on track.
Crocheting: It’s been slow since I’m focusing on revision, but I am still doing it. Some days I don’t crochet at all, but even if I can only squeeze in a half hour’s worth, I try to do it. I think once I’m done with revising and back on a writing schedule, I’ll have a little more free time. Not much, but a little.
Socializing: This wasn’t actually a goal, but I thought I’d mention it. I’m doing better than usual. As I said, someone is coming to visit in February. And I’ve been texting people in a semi-timely fashion. I still need to write a couple of letters. One of which I will write as soon as I’m done with this post.
So yeah. I think I’m doing pretty well. Are you keeping up with your goals for the year or month or week? As always, feel free to share your thoughts and comments here or on my social media pages!