2014 is rushing toward its conclusion. I’ve chosen to return to Facing Facts — my monthly check-ins of progress I made on stated writing goals and setting goals for the next month. My writing goals between October 8th and November 5th were declared as follows:
Let the novel rest in the hands of agent and meet with other prospective agents at Mount Mary University’s Publishing Institute on November 15th.
2. Done Darkness
Time to select, winnow, send acceptances and rejections. Prepare for agent meeting at Mount Mary.
Give this space more attention and time. Invite some guest posts.
How did I do? Well, first, the novel is sitting in the hands of an agent in NYC. I am crossing my fingers that she will represent me, and checking with her assistant about the kosher-ness, propriety, whatever, of contacting another agent or two.
For Done Darkness, Kathy Lanzarotti and I have been choosing and winnowing, but have not sent acceptances or rejections. That is a high priority in the next ten days.
I checked in a little more frequently with the blog – and got great feedback here, on Facebook and Twitter for a few posts — especially the announcement of a flash piece up at Digging Through The Fat and a very recent post on Stumbling on Happiness.
Some other things that happened in my writing life the past month that weren’t stated goals were:
1. Read an essay at a public reading in Milwaukee
2. Revised and sent that essay to NPR (after the great feedback I got at the event)
3. Submitted some essay proposals to Wisconsin Public Radio.
4. Helped a writer friend revise a query
5. Encouraged a writer friend struggling with insecurities
6. Drafted two new essays
I’m pretty pleased with my effort and production this past month, therefore, I give me two of my favorite dudes, Bruce Springsteen and Jimmy Fallon, singing “You Rock, Pam Parker.”
As I consider my goals between now and December 5th, I must keep in mind that Thanksgiving is coming, Christmas is coming and holy Celtic-crapola Batman, Scotland is coming!! If all falls into place as hoped, my husband and I will be living in Glasgow from January through June next year. Am I excited, you ask. Yes. And anxious. There are things to get in order here, and there, as much as possible in the coming weeks. So, bearing those things in mind, I must keep my writing goals realistic but optimistic. There’s no sense in choosing to do nothing when writing is what I WANT to do! Therefore, my goals through December 5th are:
1. Done Darkness
Make final selections and update submitters of their status. Continue contacting indie presses. Get one lined up. Discuss with agent at Nov. 15 Publishing Institute?
Follow through on other agent contacts, if appropriate after contacting assistant of agent with manuscript now. Discuss with agent at Nov. 15 Publishing Institute.
Prepare submissions for the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters contest.
Continue working on essays to consider for submission.
4. Encouraging Others
Blog. Email. Facebook. Twitter. Be a positive presence.
If you are doing any self-evaluating, I hope it is productive and you’re not letting it become self-flogging. Acknowledge what you are getting done and keep at it. As previously shared, remember this: