Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Update Day: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Me and some awesome bloggers have set some big/huge/crazy goals and we have a monthly bloghop where we let each other know how we’ve been doing. You can click here for the list of participants and to see what their goals are.

But before I get into that.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

May 2015 be full of blessings for each and every one of you. 



My goal is the one stated at the top of the blog. Earning $7500 in royalties per month, every month for a year, within the next five years. In other words, I need to start earning $7500 per month in January 2018 at the latest. To further explain, this isn’t about money. It’s all about getting me motivated to produce a long list of books that I’ve had pipe-lined for almost three years now. The idea here is that the more high quality books I produce, the more likely I am to eventually hit that $7500 a month goal. I picked the number that high, because the way I see it, I’ll still be happy even if I fall short.

Knowing this, I set a ton of goals for 2014, because I also figured that the sooner I published more, the better the odds of me earning that goal amount. Really, it’s quite sensible if you think about it. And I was sensible. I knew I wasn’t going to achieve most of the goals I set. The plan had been to maybe achieve five or six of them.

What I hadn’t expected, though, was that 2014 would be a year straight from hell. The publishing deal I’d had for two books (on of which had been published in 2013) went sour so spectacularly that I’ve had my trust in the publishing industry shaken to its foundations.

My personal/work life has pretty much shaken my faith in humanity at large.

I was so busy with surviving all that, I couldn’t ever really focus on my writing career like I’d wanted. Which means that of all the goals I’d set, I’ve achieved exactly two. I’ve managed to cut the majority of refined carbs and sugars out of my diet. Along with processed foods of all sorts. And I’ve been doing some needlepointing and crocheting. (The goal had been to do some crafts other than writing too.)

The diet one, I have to say, is a huge achievement. Doing other crafts… not so much. It was my survival mechanism. Infinite repetitions of the same motion, leaving me free to drain out some of the bad thoughts and emotions that had been bothering me all year.

So all and all, it could have been so easy to call this year a failure and mourn everything I’d lost. (And I’ve lost a lot.)

But I won’t.

Because even though my goal score for this year looks pathetic, I know I’ve achieved a lot. Let me list the ways:

Reading:


Despite my life often sucking so much that I often couldn’t even concentrate on the words in front of me, I read twenty five books this year.

Writing:


I fought for and succeeded in regaining the rights to both the books that had been with my former publisher.

I still wrote over 150 000 words into rough drafts this year. I also wrote over 60k this month alone, although 40k of it was rewriting the western I’ve been working on.

Most of those 150 000 words were written by hand.

I finished five rough drafts out of the seven I started with.

I finished rewriting about two thirds of the above-mentioned Western. For those of you who've been around for a while, this is the book I’d lost a few years ago.

Life:


I’m still here, and I’m looking forward to tackling the new year’s challenges.

Which brings me to this coming year’s goals:

Writing:

I want to finish as many of the following as possible:

(For simplicity’s sake, I’m going to list my projects by the Acronyms I use for them, since that’s what I use on my year planners as well. Also, I haven’t gotten around to revealing some titles yet, and now seems like the wrong time.)

Publish:


Wo6C1

Wo6C2

BvB1

ES1

My Untethered Realms Anthology Short Story.

Publishing Edits (possibly for publishing in 2015):


Wo6C3

BvB2

Revisions and Rough Edits


O1

VD

Rewrites:


Wo6C4

SS1

P

MDtS

Rough Drafts (The ones I do by hand):


DD

ES2

CdW

HM

StW

In Addition:


Basically, I want to stick as close as possible to the year plan I have. This is what it looks like right now.




Reading


I want to read 75 books next year.

The minimum amounts of which must consist of:


5 books or plays in a language other than English.

5 plays by Shakespeare

5 classics other than Shakespeare, of which one must be Chaucer.

5 non-fiction titles.

5 books by some of my blogging friends.

Social Media:


I seriously need to sort out my Social Media stuff. I haven’t been near active enough last year. What this entails, though, is something I still need to wrap my head around.

Life:


Help my family build our own house. (Yep, brick by brick.)

Sort out some sort of business that I can do on my own terms. (SO over trusting people to help me when they only help themselves at my cost.)

Seriously. I need to get back to singing.

Also, I really really want to paint this year. Other than the above-mentioned house’s walls.

Then, I want to continue with my more healthy diet, since it makes me feel good and gives me a lot more energy. (Useful when I’ll be lugging lots of bricks around.)

Last of all, and probably most importantly, I need to get past all the stuff that’s happened this year, so that I can get through 2015 with as little contamination as possible.

Okay. Who’s still with me? You’re awesome.

Now, the last thing…

Goals for January


I think in 2014 I made a bit of a mistake not to draw more of my life into my goals. After all, I don’t think success will come without balance.

So…

Writing:


1) Get back to sorting out the covers for Wo6C1, Wo6C2 and BvB1.

2) Finish final edit rounds for at least one of the three above mentioned books.

3) Finish rewriting ES1.

4) Rough draft 15k words.

This should be what my January looks like, writing-wise: 



Reading:


Continue reading L’Etranger by Albert Camus.

Start reading Twelfth Night by Shakespeare

Read 4 other books

Social Media:


Still having to postpone, pending me gaining access to reliable Internet.

Life:


Survive first month of building a house while still editing and writing.

Wow. That was a lot! Thanks to everyone sticking with me for the whole post. Now tell me. What’s your big goal for the year? Do you have a big/crazy/crazy important goal or dream that you’re working towards? Why don’t you sign up?

28 comments:

Rosie Reast said...

well done that's an amazing achievement. I will be publishing my first novel next year and hope to publish another. I want to write two rough drafts, blog regularly and to get out of debt.
Am now going to work on planning out my schedule for the year.

Annalisa Crawford said...

Wow, you have a lot of goals! Congrats on everything you achieved last year, and good luck for next year. Have a very happy new year :-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You were thrown for some serious loops this year. Just readjust and keep moving forward.
Here's to a better 2015!

Patsy said...

Good luck wth your 2015 goals.

joss said...

Happy New year! It sounds like you have had a busy year with a both ups and sadly some downs. I hope that 2015 is better for you.You have a lot of goals this year, way more than I think I could ever handle myself, but I wish you all the best with them. I failed miserably at my goals last year due to a lot of issues with my pain levels due to my disability so I am hoping that this year I'll do better. One thing I did manage to achieve was quitting smoking, so I'm pretty proud of myself for that. This year I am aiming for shedding some weight and getting more productive so any healthy eating tips are gratefully received :)

Emma Adams said...

Wow, those are some ambitious goals! Best of luck! ^_^

Hana Sheik said...

My gosh! Brick-by-brick...I'm this close to sending you a care package. xD

But these goals are great, Misha. I especially like the breakdown by month. I know just how overwhelming it can be to set a goal encompassing a whole year because things happen along the way.

I hope 2015 beats/blows 2014 out of the water for you (or however that saying goes). Happy New Years!

*P.S. I hit 60K this month, too! So I'm glad you got that goal knocked down this month! ^^

Hana Sheik said...

Hey! Congrats on quitting smoking--I hope it wasn't too tough? Happy New Years, joss.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Misha,

Happy 2015.... You survived! Although last year was tumultuous, you made it! Hitting bottom can only mean this year will be an upward climb to reach your goals. You are such a determined young woman and I know you will make it. You set amazing goals for yourself, but you are smart enough to know that if you partially achieve them, then you are a winner!

Take care and keep that positive attitude going!

Terry W. Ervin II said...

Wishing for you a year of writing progress and other forward leaning achievements!

Catherine Stine said...

Wow, you are incredibly organized with all of those charts! Best of luck with your goals in 2015! Hugs, Catherine

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

You have enormous goals. I hope I just get out of bed in the morning the next 365 days. May 2015 be a marvelous adventure.

LuAnn Braley said...

Sorry your 2014 sucked. But hey, it's OVER! WAHOO!!! (I am still in awe of how much you accomplished despite the difficulties.)

I like your visuals for 2015. I've been thinking of doing something similar for my reading challenges, to make sure I don't get behind like I did in 2014.

ROCK 2015! :O)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Oh my goodness. You need to get a cape super lady! That is a lot to shoot for, but like you say, it's better to shoot high than too low.

Best of luck getting it all done! Hopefully 2015 has far fewer headaches than 2014 for you.

Michelle Wallace said...

Happy New Year to you and your family, Misha!

Yolanda Renee said...

My goodness you do have a full plate! Life does have a way of screwing with goals, but it's simply a delay. You have it all worked out, and I know you'll make progress. Just remember to be patient with yourself.
Happy New Year!

J Lenni Dorner said...

Those look like some great goals!
It sounds like last year was s bad for you as it was for me. But we've both managed to shake it off and look ahead to 2015. Let's rock it!

Trisha F said...

You did so well, considering your year came straight out of the pits of hell! 2015 will be better for you, so much better!

Can't wait to see your progress with goals this year.

Murees Dupé said...

Happy New Year! May 2015 bring you tons of happiness and success.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Wow! Happy New Year!!! You accomplished a huge amount even in the midst of a serious series of storms. I hope and pray that 2015 is a wonderful year for you!

Christine Rains said...

Happy New Year! Wow, that is a huge list. 2014 was pretty rotten for many of us, but here's hoping that 2015 is a great one. :)

Susanne Drazic said...

Best wishes with all of your goals! Happy New Year!

ruthlivingstone.net said...

Sounds like a helluva year (and not in a good way). Thank goodness it's over. Fresh start for 2015 :)

Katie Cross said...

I love a girl with tenacity, seriously.

You got this. seriously. If anyone can do it, you can.

Shell Flower said...

Wow, you are really good at setting goals and not giving up. Glad to hear you at least achieved some important better eating habits and 25 books is nothing to feel bad about, especially considering all the critiquing you do. I really want to publish at least one book this year, if not two. Here's to an improved 2015!

Susan said...

Misha, I love your ambition. I also like that you set high goals with lots of flexibility built into them. Reading your post reminded me so much of myself. I always have so much drive and ambition (plus way too many projects to count), but life seems to have other plans for me. Just keep at it! You'll get there. Perseverance is one of my favorite life skills.

cleemckenzie said...

You've set out quite a full year here. Isn't it amazing how much we do accomplish? You're to be congratulated on what you've done and what your plans are for this year.

Beth said...

Well, you accomplished more writing in 2014 and it sounds like our experience with 2014 was about the same. Here's to a better year.