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Arisa81
03-30-2005, 08:56 PM
Hope everyone is ready for a new month, cuz here it comes !

Here are my goals:

1. Pay attention to ideas that interest me, even if I don't think they'll pan out. I often bypass a lot of things b/c (maybe) I don't have enough faith in myself.
2. Write poetry/greetings
3. Write fillers and quizzes
4. Complete (finally?) my non-fiction book

I think that will be it, but if I think of any more I will of course add them.
So good luck everyone and keep us up to date !

Kudra
03-30-2005, 11:33 PM
I am officially declaring that March was the worst month EVER in my entire freelancing career. Sure, I landed some great assignments (most of which paid quite well, too) but darn was that motivation missing. Ask April. The poor gal's been listening to my whining all month! (I love you, April! :Hug2: )

So from April, I'm jumping back on the motivation wagon. I've done a lot of thinking the past month, done some heavy-duty office cleaning, and made a whole lot of lists and schedules. April's the time to implement them. Here are my goals:

1. Send 10 queries weekly.
2. Set up and design my new website.
3. Finish all pending assignments (currently 4 in the bag).
4. Write 4 short stories (one per week).

Good Luck, April! :Thumbs:

Richard White
04-01-2005, 07:08 AM
April Goals:

1) Finish first draft of Star Trek novella
2) Update web site
3) Add anime.nightwolfgraphics.com to my site (for the anime enthusiasts I've been meeting at conventions this year)
4) Get novel back from editor and make revisions so we can go to press.
5) Start working on my original novel again
6) Pad resume at work to try and get promoted this fall

Uncarved
04-01-2005, 07:37 AM
1) Finish health book entirely
2) Get two chapters done on covered bridge book so that I can make deadline
3) Sell $1000 worth of articles, whether its one or 100.
4) Begin new book proposal
5) Send out 20 queries.

I love writing them down now thanks to AW. Seeing them makes them all the more real.

sthrnwriter
04-01-2005, 08:46 AM
I decided today to start making goals for myself every month. These are just a few that I've come up with. If I come up with anymore, I'll be sure and add them to the list.

My April Goals:

1. Start building my website.
2. Relocate my blog
3. Revise short stories
4. Submit at least two stories
5. Donate money from first sold story to AW (that is if I earn any money and/or even have one published this month).
6. Improve my crit group.

Arisa81
04-01-2005, 10:22 PM
Mridu, I am sure this month will go wonderfully for you...I'll be around to bug you anyway haha. Just to keep you on track of course :P

And good luck everyone those are all great goals.
Sthrnwriter, I really like your #5 :)

Happy April everyone !

Poppy
04-01-2005, 11:17 PM
Okay, accomplished those 2 goals I mentioned earlier. The subs are in the mail. Feels good to get that done. :)

Now I'm going to research a couple more markets, then see what existing material I have and what new material I must write to meet their needs.

sthrnwriter
04-02-2005, 02:23 AM
Sthrnwriter, I really like your #5 :)


I made a promise about a month or so ago and I tend on keeping it. Good luck to everyone on accomplishing all your goals for the month.

Poppy
04-02-2005, 03:38 AM
Okay, here are my goals for the next week.

1. Write/submit 10 ideas to Snafu.

2. Write/submit 10 ideas to Paramount.

3. Write/submit 10 ideas to P. S. Greetings.

4. Write a book review (it's a self-published poetry book. Nonpaying, but I get to keep the book).

5. Write a piece about the movie The Forgotten from the POV of a bereaved parent (don't get paid for this one either, but this is one of those situations where I "give back").

Okay, that should be enough to get me started. I'm still waiting on my Writer's Market to get here. I'll really have some 'things to do' when it arrives and I start using it.

Arisa81
04-02-2005, 11:29 PM
Good luck Poppy and congrats on getting 2 of the earlier ones done

I can't really set any goals for myself for the week anymore since I am just going to write whatever comes to me. Hopefully I will get a lot done though. I do a lot of brainshorming which helps so much. I have to put things on paper to remember them, if I only think about them I never get around to them.

KTC
04-03-2005, 12:03 AM
My April Goal...

Send something out. My worst habit is not submitting. That goes for poetry, articles, short stories and novels. I am going to submit 3 things this month if it kills me!

Melina
04-03-2005, 01:45 PM
Oh, yeah--March was not a good month for me. I just couldn't get into the right frame of mind. So--April is bound to be better. I've already started off better than I finished in March. My goal is to continue the momentum.

Good luck to all of you, let's make our goals this month!

Melina

Savannah907
04-03-2005, 04:43 PM
Goals help me to accomplish what I want, though I often fail to set them. What a waste of time not to be heading towards my dreams.

This month, I plan to:
complete 4 chapter revisions in book1,
back up and organize what I have done,
go through the filing cabinet and make sure that I'm not overlooking previous comments of things that needed to be fixed in the chapters I've put to bed,
write a new sample piece for my website,
update my blog,
write a piece suitable for submission to Cup of Comfort,
write and submit at least one magazine article,
make time for fellowshipping at Absolute Writes,
figure out why the site won't let me post new replies or use regular reply option

Lavinia
04-04-2005, 06:15 AM
1. Re-read first 100 letters of *Letters Home*
2. Brainstorm parallels
3. Tab significant events
4. Create glossary
5. Create timeline
6. Send Writer's Digest Entry
7. Write five chapters of *Letters Home*

Oh boy, this is the biggest and most complex writing I've done. Baby steps Lavinia...baby steps!

Poppy
04-07-2005, 08:08 PM
1. Write/submit 10 ideas to Snafu. - complete

2. Write/submit 10 ideas to Paramount. - in progress

3. Write/submit 10 ideas to P. S. Greetings. - incomplete

4. Write a book review. - incomplete

5. Write a piece about The Forgotten. - incomplete

One more goal I've added to the list is to write and post a piece for the Just for Fun thread in the Absolute Idol forum. I have until Sunday to do that.

So there's my progress, or lack thereof, but the week isn't over yet. :)

sthrnwriter
04-08-2005, 03:10 AM
An update on my progress:

1. Start building my website Started
2. Relocate my blog Done
3. Revise short stories Started
4. Submit at least two stories not yet
5. Donate money from first sold story to AW (that is if I earn any money and/or even have one published this month). not yet
6. Improve my crit group. Done

So far, as you can see, I've completed some of my goals for this month. It's a start.

Rose
04-08-2005, 07:33 PM
Hi Everyone,

For good or ill, posting my goals for all the world to see inspires me to achieve them. So, here we go:

Rose's Goals for April 2005

1. Send 25 queries, with at least 12 going to markets that pay 35 cents/word or more.
2. Get organized! In April, (a) buy magazine holders and file/prune magazines, (b) set up filing system for contracts and such, and (c) scan corporate copywriting stuff for use as clips.
3. Write the 5 articles due for an academic publisher (not due until May, but why dilly dally?)
4. Finalize research on two articles due in May and write first drafts
5. STAY POSITIVE


I'm also a glutton for full disclosure, so here's a recap of my March goals and the outcomes:

March 2005

1. Send 25 queries with at least 8 going to markets that pay 35 cents/word or more (my ultimate goal is 100/month using Mridu Khullar's 5 queries/day method) - NOT EVEN CLOSE, FELL FLAT ON MY FACE, ER, KEYBOARD
2. Write and submit the essay due to an academic publication - ACHIEVED
3. Begin research on an article due in May - ACHIEVED

Kudra
04-09-2005, 07:08 PM
Here's an update from me as well.

1. Send 10 queries weekly. So far so good.

2. Set up and design my new website. Coming along okay.

3. Finish all pending assignments (currently 4 in the bag). Yep, done. And got a few more, too. Cha-ching.

4. Write 4 short stories (one per week). Um, no.

Arisa81
04-10-2005, 09:47 PM
Mridu, glad to hear you're doing well.

Rose, good luck on your goals.

I think I am doing alright with my goals. I seem to be writing more fillers/articles than ever right now. I guess it helps when you don't try to force things.

Poppy
04-10-2005, 10:05 PM
I am going to carry my unfinished goals from last week over to this week. Actually, I'll just make them my goals for this month. Maybe taking some of the pressure off will help.

Lavinia
04-11-2005, 03:48 AM
1. Re-read first 100 letters of *Letters Home*
2. Brainstorm parallels
3. Tab significant events
4. Create glossary
5. Create timeline
6. Send Writer's Digest Entry
7. Write five chapters of *Letters Home*

Oh boy, this is the biggest and most complex writing I've done. Baby steps Lavinia...baby steps!
1. 50% done
2. 50% done
3. 50% done
4. Working on it as I go.
5. Started.
6. Haven't started yet.
7. Not yet.

Overall, I've had a very hard time this month. This is such a huge project and I don't think I realized how huge it was! But I can do this! Right? Lavinia

SeanDSchaffer
04-11-2005, 07:24 AM
I've never posted on this particular forum before, but now that I have some goals for April, I definitely would like to post them here, if I may.

I have two April goals, basically:

1) Start working regularly on a new WIP to which I've given the working title 'The Knight.'

2) Send out a submission to a major house for my now-completed work, Kindel the Changed. I have the submission guidelines to a company called Tor Books -- they've published a couple of my favorite SF/F authors -- but actually sending the first three chapters like they say to do so in their submission guidelines is very intimidating to me, because I'm told they're a major house. I'll see if I can't complete the work for the submission by the evening of Monday the 11th.

Thanks for letting me post here and I will keep you up-to-date -- as seems to be the way things are done on this particular forum -- as to my progress.

:Sun:

Melina
04-11-2005, 01:52 PM
Hey, Sean! Welcome, we're happy to have you here! :welcome:

Good luck on your WIP, and congratulations on your honorable mention for AW Idol. I have to tell you, your entry was on my top 10 list.

Keep us posted!

Melina

SeanDSchaffer
04-12-2005, 12:46 AM
Hey, Sean! Welcome, we're happy to have you here! :welcome:

Good luck on your WIP, and congratulations on your honorable mention for AW Idol. I have to tell you, your entry was on my top 10 list.

Keep us posted!

Melina


Thank you kindly Melina, for the well-wishings and congrats. I definitely will keep you all posted.

Starting with right now: I found a good envelope to use in submitting the first three chapters; now I have to check a cash :Huh: I have with me and prepare for the rather large amount of postage. I'm going to send it via metered mail. I still have to, though, work on a cover letter and synopsis for the work today. I think I have one previously prepared on my hard drive; I'll be looking that up probably later today. Like I said in my previous post, I'm going to try to have all this done by the end of the day today.

I just got up and it's already 1:47 in the afternoon, so I guess I'd best get on the ball.

I'll talk to you all later.

SeanDSchaffer
04-12-2005, 08:56 AM
My second goal, that is. I got to the Bank very late, (thanks to the Bus System around here,) and though I had enough postage to mail the manuscript, it presently is still sitting on top of my filing cabinet, but at least it's all prepared to go. Hopefully I'll be able to go to the Post Office tomorrow and take care of its mailing. It's just a short walk up the street and I'd imagine a few dollars of metered postage.

Goal One is coming alone quite nicely, though. The inspirations for my new WIP seem to be plugging right along. I've already written a couple of short vignettes for the work -- I'm wont to start a WIP with vignettes and then put the ideas together into outlines -- and I can already feel the characters' emotions and the words just seem to flow right out of my mind and onto the paper. I haven't had an inspiration this good in a long time. It's great to see the muse in me coming back to life; the feeling is awesome.

Everyone have a great week! Talk to you all later.
:Thumbs:

MadScientistMatt
04-14-2005, 11:13 PM
My goal for April is to finish the chapter on suspension for my book about cars and get started on the chapter on engines.

Melina
04-15-2005, 02:36 PM
Hey, Matt! Welcome, and good luck attaining your goals!


Melina

Kudra
04-15-2005, 10:53 PM
Hey, it's mid-April. How's everyone coming along with their goals?

Here's what I've been upto:

1. Send 10 queries weekly. Did it the first week, but so far this week, I've had a truckload of assignments to deal with, so haven't go to that.

2. Set up and design my new website. It's coming along. Should be done by the end of the month.

3. Finish all pending assignments (currently 4 in the bag). Finished the four I reported earlier. Got five more, so I've been a busy girl.

4. Write 4 short stories (one per week). Hey, I said I've been busy! :D

Melina
04-16-2005, 11:15 AM
Wow! Good going Mridu!

Melina

SeanDSchaffer
04-16-2005, 11:32 AM
Hey, it's mid-April. How's everyone coming along with their goals?



Well, my April goals are almost met. I've put together the Tor submission -- a week late, I'm sorry to say -- and now all I have to do is send it off with the proper postage.

(I was going to send it earlier this week when I realized I had forgotten to insert a return SASE, and at the time, I thought I didn't have any more big envelopes to put the entire set-up in -- I feel stupid now because I found one, perfect for this situation, in my desk drawer today, :Shrug: addressed and everything. All I had to do was put everything inside and seal it up.)

Now everything's all ready, and tomorrow I have to take some cans to the grocery store anyway for deposit reimbursement -- I might just have the money I need. Here's to hoping the Post Office is open tomorrow.:Hail:


On my other goal, although I've been a bit lax in writing my vignettes for my new WIP, I definitely have a good story coming along and also, though I haven't had any new inspiration in the last couple of days, am feeling like writing quite a bit more in the near future.

And hey: at least I'm writing at all. For the longest time I wasn't doing any, so this is a vast improvement over what I was doing shortly before I joined up with AW.

SeanDSchaffer
04-17-2005, 01:34 AM
Good news everyone! The manuscript is on its way! :Thumbs:

sthrnwriter
04-19-2005, 12:48 AM
Update on my goals:

1. Start building my website. Completely finished
2. Relocate my blog Done
3. Revise short stories Revised one so far
4. Submit at least two stories Submitted one story
5. Donate money from first sold story to AW (that is if I earn any money and/or even have one published this month). incomplete
6. Improve my crit group. Done

MadScientistMatt
04-19-2005, 09:28 PM
Good news everyone! The manuscript is on its way! :Thumbs:

Way to go, Sean!

SeanDSchaffer
04-20-2005, 09:38 AM
Way to go, Sean!


Thank you kindly, MadScientistMatt, for the congrats.

Hey, guess what! I wrote a poem today. It's the first one I've written in nigh onto fifteen years. You can find it on the 'Just for fun: Join in on the Theme' thread, Page 3, in AW's Idol forum,

I'm sorry to say I've been lax in writing my daily prose, but the poetry has sort of re-ignited some of the passion that I lost yesterday with some not-so-welcome emails I received. I'm glad I'm writing again; it definitely means a lot to me.

So Goal 2 -- to write something every day -- is still haphazard at best, but at least I'm trying.

And though my WIP has stalled, that's okay, because that's just a part of me. I did have a chase scene I wanted to try writing, where a lady's coach loses its driver and becomes a runaway. I don't have much in my mind but it seems to hold a bit of promise for me.

Anyway, I guess I'd best not take up too much more space on this thread tonight. I have a whole bunch of stuff to do, so I'll talk to you all later, and I hope you all have a good week.

Thanks again for the congrats, MadScientistMatt. I look forward to hearing from Tor within a few months. Although I hope otherwise, even a rejection from such a major company, to me, would be an honor.

mudflat_marsh_hawk
04-21-2005, 02:18 AM
Rofl...I typed Gaols in the title....April Goals, April Gaols...writing is a bit of a jail - until the words flow and set the ideas free.


AHEM. Straightens tie. Flattens skirt.

April Goals:

1.Polish up a few articles and submit them.
2.Continue work on WIP's.
3.Breathe


Keep on Keepin' on...

:Sun: :Sun: :Sun:

--mudflat

SeanDSchaffer
04-23-2005, 03:58 AM
Although it's not one of my April Goals, I thought I'd share this with you all.

I finally got up enough gumption to email a submission of a short story to an E-zine called 'Nanobison.' My story is a short fantasy comedy thingymadoo. I hope they like it, but if they don't, hey at least I finally submitted the thing.

And I could, maybe, get some good pointers on how to format stuff with rtf. I'm terrible at it, especially since I sent the story in the body of my email.

But I've been eyeing this e-zine for some time, and have been procrastinating much too long. Now the submission is done. Again, I hope they like it.


I sure am glad this board is here. Because of 'Goals and Accomplishments' I've actually submitted a book manuscript and a short story work and I think this is outstanding.

Thanks, guys, for being here!
:Thumbs:

mudflat_marsh_hawk
04-23-2005, 06:04 AM
Congrats on your submissions, Sean. I too, find encouragement from the wonderful folks here at the Water Cooler. And have been writing more articles and getting more WIP work done, than previously.



Thanks for being here AW.

SeanDSchaffer
04-23-2005, 06:41 AM
Although it's not one of my April Goals, I thought I'd share this with you all.

I finally got up enough gumption to email a submission of a short story to an E-zine called 'Nanobison.' My story is a short fantasy comedy thingymadoo. I hope they like it, but if they don't, hey at least I finally submitted the thing.



Hey, guess what, everyone! I got a reply already from them. They were very glad I submitted, but asked that I send it differently than I had originally. An RTF document attachment was needed, and I had originally sent my submission in the body of my email. So, I put the document in Rich Text Format and submitted it as an attachment. It's nice to know they're so prompt with their responses.

I thought you all would like to know about that.

Cool, huh?

KTC
04-24-2005, 06:28 PM
My April Goal...

Send something out. My worst habit is not submitting. That goes for poetry, articles, short stories and novels. I am going to submit 3 things this month if it kills me!

I realize that my goal was a lot smaller than others, but I have a bad habit of letting a few months go by between submissions. That's how lazy I am about that aspect of my writing. Anyway, I just wanted to announce that I met my goal and surpassed it!!! I sent out 3 poetry submissions this month AND 1 short story. I'm exhausted...I think I need to visit margaritaville now!!!! (PS I think had it not been for this thread and me deciding on the spot to reply to it I probably would not have submitted. It was always there, niggling at the back of my mind...this 3 submission goal. I'll have to make goals more often!)

SeanDSchaffer
04-26-2005, 09:14 AM
I've been working, albeit not exactly regularly, on my 'Knight' WIP, and today I wrote two more vignettes to add to it.

I'm about to start working on putting the Vignettes into the proper places within the story to make a basic outline of my First Draft. It's coming along better than any previous manuscript I've ever written. Six vignettes for the same WIP, in three weeks, is not bad at all for me.

So my April Goal #1 is coming along quite well.

I'll try this week to work on it every day like I've been telling myself I should do. It'll be interesting to see how well everything turns out. I'll be sure to keep you all posted.

MadScientistMatt
04-26-2005, 11:26 PM
Well, I've got the suspension chapter finished for a first draft and the engine chapter started like I had hoped to. I may even get the engine chapter finished by the end of the month.