January is over, and I must say I feel like I kicked off 2018 with a bang.
I’m hoping I continue this into February, a month that’s always given me a hard time over the years, but before I jump forward, it’s time to look back.
- Try at least one new thing a week.
- I’m pretty excited about this one! This month, I learned how to use a sewing machine, finished crocheting an afghan, baked a cake from scratch, learned how to find my way from my small town to San Antonio, Texas, and started gardening. I learned way more than I thought I would, and it’s been an amazing experience.
- Start a writer’s Group.
- This one was technically accomplished, even if group attendance has an abysmal. The next meeting will take place on Saturday, so I’m crossing my fingers that people show up!
- Host a giveaway.
- This one wraps up today, and I hosted it over on Twitter. There’s still some time if you’d like to jump on board.
GOALS I FELL SHORT OF
- Do a January writing challenge.
- This kind of ties in with the next one, but when I’m working on a novel, I tend to ignore challenges. Because I started two big projects this month, doing a challenge didn’t seem as important as starting to write my next book. Not a great way to handle challenges, but I’m glad I got my next novel started.
- Complete an Instagram or Twitter Challenge.
- I’m not sure why I’m having such a hard time with these. I really enjoy them, however I push them to the back burner whenever another project pops up.
- Limit my social media time to an hour a day.
- My online life goes one of two ways. Stay on it all day every day, or avoid it completely for days. The first one isn’t good for me, and the second isn’t good for my writer’s platform. I need to be more consistent and focus on the quality of what I’m posting, not the quantity.
- Write and read for one hour a day.
- While I accomplished this about half of the month, I still didn’t consistently write and read every single day. I have faith that my February will be better though.
- Sent more queries for “Flightless” and got a full manuscript request.
- After a handful of rejection letters in early December, I took a break for three weeks before I started submitting again. On my third email, I got a full manuscript request about an hour after I sent the query, and it really renewed my faith in my writing.
- Found books to cover my “2018 Reading Challenge”
- Reading challenges are completely different for me than online challenges. I started a writing list on Instagram, and my stack is piling up. I’m going to have a blast knocking out all these books.