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Goals for 2013

Each year, I think about what I have accomplished and what I want to do next.  I have a point system for encouraging progress.  These are some of my goals for 2013:

* Actually look at this list of goals, at least once a month, before the end of the year in hopes of meeting more of them and not trying to cram in December.
(1 point per visit)

* Place one new book-length project on the market, either by writing a book proposal or by writing a complete book manuscript.
(100 points)

* Experiment with self-publishing a chapbook in ebook and/or home-printed format.
(50 points)

* Finish writing the poems needed to complete The 50 Poetic States collection. Keep shopping around the proposal for it in hopes of finding an editor who likes it and can afford to buy it.
(50 points for writing the poems, 5 per proposal submission to editor; or can be used for 100 points book-writing goal or 50 points self-publishing goal)

* Finish compiling the manuscript for The Origami Mage collection.  Add supporting materials as necessary.  Submit completed manuscript to Hunt Press.
(can be used for 100 points book-writing goal)

* Write at least 400 poems.
(1 point per poem)

* Continue holding one Poetry Fishbowl per month.
(3 points per month)

* Collate at least three more poetic series into collection files.
(5 points per short collection, 10 points per long collection)

* Subdivide the Serial Poetry page, putting series onto subpages for easier reading.
(10 points) MET -3-13

* Create more supporting materials for poetic series as necessary, such as character cast lists or scientific notes.
(3-10 points per item)

* Sell poetry to at least 3 new markets.
(5 points per market) "the sun comes out of the cave" to Plunge  [1/10/13]

* Sell at least one poem of 10 or fewer lines, eligible for the Dwarf Stars Award.
(3 points per poem)

* Sell at least one poem of 50+ lines, eligible for the Rhysling Award long category.
(3 points per poem)

* Write at least 3 stories. Take more care not to let fiction engine idle until things spurt out sideways at inopportune times.  Ideally, write at least one story advancing the main Fala/Rai storyline in Torn World; and at least one story in some other setting.
(1 point per Torn World story or crossover story, 5 points per other story)
Torn World: "Their Age-Set Anniversary" 1/11/13
Crossovers: "Browser History" 1/4/13, "Two Spirits, One Past" 1/25/13

* Finish at least one story that was partly written and then abandoned.
(3 points per story)

* Edit at least one story that has already been written, and put it on the market.
(3 points per story)

* Submit all unsold stories to markets.
(5 points)

* Sell at least one story to a standard market.
(1 point per dollar)

* Participate in at least one bingo fest.
(1 point per square filled) Trope Bingo Card 1-2-13

* Obtain at least one new, regular writing or editing job that pays reasonably well.
(100 points)

* Continue expanding my connections with intentional community; write at least one article for Communities  magazine.
(3 points)

* Run the Rose & Bay Awards for 2013.
(10 points)

* Keep up with writing records better, updating at least weekly.
(1 point per week that is properly up-to-date) 1/17/13, 1/30/13

* Complete at least one significant outdoor project, such as replanting the forest garden to replace plants lost to drought. 
(25 points)

* Replace two bookcases in my office, assembling the new bookcases and moving the books onto them.
(10 points per bookcase)

* Go through closet to remove clothes that no longer fit, and take them to a charity.
(3 points per bag)

* Fill in the blank: __________.  This slot is left open because, during any given year, I usually pick up some "surprise" goals.  This time I want to give myself credit for that.  
(variable points)
Cleaned out chest freezer (25 points)
Launched serialization of "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal" (1 point per episode)

* Beat last year's point score of 1128.

What are some of your goals for 2013?

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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 2nd, 2013 05:50 am (UTC) (Link)


I do write stuff in a calendar, like the Poetry Fishbowl dates.
rowyn From: rowyn Date: January 3rd, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
VYou've got a points system too! Do you have a year-end score that you're shooting for? :)

My 2013 goals are up on my LJ ... I'd link to the entry, but my phone doesn't want to copy links at the moment, apparently o.O

Edited at 2013-01-03 04:15 pm (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 3rd, 2013 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)


>>Do you have a year-end score that you're shooting for? :) <<

Hopefully beat my 2012 score of 1128 points.
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