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Sunday, January 4, 2015

2015 Goals, Pre-Round 1 for A Round of Words in 80 Days

Glad I thought to check the site, I would have forgot all about the pre-check in, goal setting entry. Sheesh, you would think I was still a noob! Anywhoo, a new year and new goals. I hope all of you, Dear Readers had a lovely holiday. I know mine was relaxing and yet still productive. Been thinking long and hard about what I want to accomplish this year. Much to do, so I am going to start 2015 out think small and building foundations.

I learned a few things about myself and how I work this past year. 2014 was a year of many things and now it's time to put that into practice. I also learn a heck of a lot from my fellow ROW80-ers about goal setting and making things happen. I have a clearer plan for what I want to accomplish this year and even a better idea of how to do it. This is the year!

First, SET SMALL GOALS! Don't start too big. You can always build up. It feel heart breaking to
build down. It happens, that's part of life, but I believe now that starting small and building up will help my goals turn into habits.

Second, SET MEASURABLE GOALS! Yeah, I heard it lots of time over the year and some how missed the point. I get it now. Set goals you can measure, like write 500 words a day.

Third, PUSH YOURSELF! Okay, maybe this is more for me, but sometimes I slack when I could be working on a script or story, learning how to use Adobe Photoshop, EDITING, etc. If I push myself I find that I can get sh!t done!

Okay, with that being said, let's do this!

Goals for ROUND 1:
        *Writing: I am going with an easy one and write 100 words everyday. Might sound small, but I am directing a production of The Mousetrap and when I get to February I will have less time to spare. I also want to get in the habit of writing daily.
        *Blogging: this one is more to return to my normal form, I have fallen out of this habit. Blog once a week (non-ROW80). With ROW80 I blog twice a week, but I and some of my other readers miss my regular and eclectic content. Or maybe alls y'all like everything. I miss my regular blogging. so, I am going to blog once a week about books, movies, random events, interviews, etc.
        *Editing: this is another goal that got put on the back burner. From about late August through the end of the year I was editing my previous works. To make this goal measurable I will post my edit updates on Wednesdays and have at least one page edited by check-in time. First up The Audition.
        *Novel: first step in revision of The Real Road Trip print up novel. Updates to this goal will change week by week; I am starting simple with this one. After that, I will post a new update. 
        *Social Media/Visiting: simple. Visit 3 - 4 blogs/sites every day.
        *Reading: finish at least 3 new books in Round 1.
        *Submitting: I also forgot, I will submit to at least 1 online journal a week and I must report on it every Sunday.

This is new for me and I am going to be held accountable. Today's song is one I posted before, but its a good remind to be brave when heading into something new. I want to see you be brave, Dear Readers! Also, check out the ROW80 page and come and join us (we have cookies!).



  1. I'm right there with you on the small goals. Nothing sucks worse than feeling like you failed. I'm starting extra small because I just finished and sent off my WIP which took me a year to write and revise. Need to refill the well before starting anything huge.

    Your goals look very doable! Good luck!

  2. Ooh, I love the Mousetrap!

    I admit I am always a little bit surprised how many people seem to misunderstand 'measurable goals'. You've definitely hit it this round, though! good luck for the round!

  3. Cindy, thanks for the heads up on goal-setting! Revised mine after reading ;) YOU GO, GIRL!

  4. Good luck! I’m going small this quarter, too -- attempting 500 words per day, with hopes of completing my WIP by June 30, 2015. I’m participating in a reading challenge, as well, but nothing extremely structured. I made a list of 50 books I want to read this year, and if I hit ‘em all, that’s awesome, but if I fall short, that’s okay. We can do this!

  5. Great song! Perfect for getting ready for a day of writing. I have definitely benefited from setting measurable goals--write 1K words per day, or revise a certain number of chapters per week. I plan to take it one project at a time in 2015.Good luck with your writing and your theater projects.

  6. I'm the opposite. I start with a buffet of goals; as the weeks and months go on, I can see how much and what manner of things I'm going to be able to get to, and which I might be better off adapting or setting aside.

    I need to get into it to know these things...

    Of course, I also don't look at the challenge as a win/loss , but more a chance to make progress...

    These seem like good, measurable, realistic goals. May 2015 amaze you! =)

    1. Thanks!

      Hey, everyone works in different ways. May theb '15 be with you!!! ;-)

  7. Did your blog eat my comment??? :-(

    1. I don't know...maybe it got hungry. Try again (unless it was so perfect that recreating would not be possible... :-/ Silly Blog!

  8. At any rate, I was trying to say that I am a noob at the ROW80. I've been around the blog block a bit, but have had some major writer's block lately. Your goals got me thinking about the past year. It's a pleasure to meet you and I look forward to checking in later to see how you're doing. Love your blog, btw! Hitchhiker's Guide. All time favorite. xoxoxo Lucy


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