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I’m getting ready to head off to the Northwest Roasters Group event in Seattle, and I won’t be back until February has already begun (and god knows I won’t get a damn thing written while I’m there because I’ll be too busy drinking coffee, talking coffee, eating (oh, yes!), and hanging out with some of my fave coffee people, which means music, dancing, drinking, lots of laughter and late nights (or, rather, early mornings — if I get to bed before 3 a.m., it’s a rare thing).

Thus, it seemed like a good time to check in on my goals for January, and see how I was doing. I woke up this morning a little worried, not sure that I’d met them, but it seems I’m pretty much right on track.

Here’s my monthly goal list:

  • Submit 2 erotic stories/month Done. This is the easy one, of course.
  • Submit 2 other stories/month Done. One horror, one lit fic.
  • Submit 3 poems/month Done.
  • Submit 1 other/month Oops. Forgot about this goal. Damn.
  • Submit 3 novellas/year Working on one of these already.
  • Submit 2 novels/year Working on this too. Pages every day so far.
  • Submit 2 non-fiction proposals/year These will come later.
  • Edit 2 collections/year Got a tentative yes to co-edit a new collection.

All-in-all, not too bad. Next month is going to be busy — I have two trips, a huge magazine and a show guide to work on, plus a million other things. We’ll see how well I do!

How are your goals coming? Do you find that you’re starting to fizzle? Or do you gain momentum as the year goes on? How do you keep yourself on track? Inquiring minds want to know. (Along the same vein, go check out Alison Tyler’s “How do you write a fucking novel?” Now -that- is the million dollar question.)

Kiss kiss bang bang, s.

“To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.” ~Mark Twain

PS – Yummy man-shot by this artist.