Goals for the Week 3/29 – 4/4/10

About last week – I’d just like to say “meh” and “good riddance”. That stupid head cold/sinus “thing” got all the way into my eyes, making it nearly impossible for me to actually get any writing done at night (since I don’t have voice software, vision is important to writing). I think I went through a good three-quarters of a tube of eye gel in the last five days. But I’m feeling remarkably better, and ready to attack my writing again. Good grief – it’s nearly April! And I want to have HPC out the door sometime in June, which leaves me only two months to get my revisions done.

As you may have noticed, I tend to get really “gung-ho” when I decide to pursue something. It takes me awhile to relax into it, and realize that I don’t have to do it all “right now”. I’ve been going through the same “cycle” with my goal to get published, and I’ve finally reached that spot where I realize that there’s absolutely no hurry to get another draft done. I have another complete draft finished and waiting to be revised after HPC, and I can only query one book at a time. HPC could be out on the query circuit for up to a year (I’d probably pull it after a year and try a different ms), and then Desert Heat will be up next. Basically, I don’t “need” HOT for awhile in terms of getting published.

So for the next couple of months, I’m going to focus all of my nightly writing time on getting the HPC revisions done. HOT will be the project I pull out on a lazy Sunday, or maybe work on in the evenings if I’m caught up with blogging, but it will be a secondary thing. I’m anxious to start querying and since I already have Desert Heat drafted, I feel like I can relax a little on drafting until HPC is done and out. As far as progressing as a writer, I feel like I’ve been making a ton of progress lately. I’d like to get that feeling as far as progressing towards publication goes as well.

The blogging deadline is going well – really well, actually, so I’m keeping it. And I’ve actually been using digital journaling software this past week – I like it! I find it much easier to make time for it when it’s on my computer screen, rather than paper – and it doesn’t feel so conspicuous either.

Weekly Goals

Writing

– As much revising/rewriting as I can get done on HPC in 90 minutes (6x week)
– Chapter 13 of Indelibly Inked

Publishing/Branding

– Join QueryTracker.net, start researching agents
– Start guest post
– Work on questionairre for blog interview
(more on the last two later!)

Personal

– Pot up starts in the greenhouse
– 3 workouts for the week (really!)
– Laundry! 
– A few journal entries

That’s what I’m up to this week. What’s on your plate? Read any good books lately?

5 comments on “Goals for the Week 3/29 – 4/4/10

  1. Samantha Hunter

    I am so glad you are feeling better! b

    This blog made me smile — it so links into my blog on pacing I posted today, LOL, and how we pace ourselves as well as our books.

    I have some goals for the week, but they are very much fuzzier now than when I am on deadline. I like both “states.” One is always kind of a relief from the other, if that makes any sense.

    Sam

  2. Dolly

    Woohoo, you are keeping journaling goals. I am all misty eyed 😛

    You’ve already read my goals, so you know what I am up to, but it is so cool/weird how our wavelengths connect. 🙂

    So good luck to us both for conquering the revisions, and then hopefully submissions.

  3. Jamie DeBree

    That makes perfect sense to me, actually. Each “season” appreciated for it’s individual properties. 🙂

  4. Jamie DeBree

    LOL Dolly – yes, the journaling thing is all your doing.

    Onward, then! 🙂

  5. Carol

    Glad you’re feeling better and you’re able to get some writing done again! 🙂

    Just finished reading the Time Traveler’s Wife – it’s a wonderful book and I highly recommend it!