May Status Report: 2012 Goals

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May is always a crazy month for me as it signals the end of the school year.  As a teacher, that means I’m in a mad dash to finish curriculum, administer final exams, close out grades, and pack up my classroom for the summer.  Despite the extra workload at my day job, I managed to make some great headway on my 2012 writing goals.

1) Submit five pieces of writing to contests, journals, literary magazines, or the newspaper.

I just finished a story for a small Writer’s Digest contest.  In every issue, they post a prompt with an invitation to submit entries.  The deadline is June 10th for the piece I wrote and I will submit it well before that date.

I am also gearing up to comb through a gigantic list of upcoming writing contests compiled by Stephanie Smith. While most contests seemed geared towards fantasy and YA genres, there are categories for contemporary fiction that might fit some of the stories I have in my “vault.”  It’s worth a look at the very least!

2) Finish minor changes in my first novel.

In April, I submitted the first thirty pages of my novel for a critique, but I learned the hard way that not everyone keeps their word.  After more than a month of waiting for the promised critique, I wound up with nothing.  Thankfully, the situation has since been rectified and those pages are now in the hands of someone who has very kindly agreed to pick up the dropped ball.

As a result of this little hiccup, my first novel has been on hold.  I’m hoping the arrival of a critique in the next week or so will allow me jump right back in and make some great revisions.  After all, the big picture goal is to make it as polished as possible for the eyes of an agent.

3) Work on my second novel.

Over the last few weeks, my muse has been obsessed with my second novel.  The story is swimming through my imagination at such a fast pace, I can barely keep up.  I literally keep my novel notebook and pen with me at all times because I can’t stop writing!  Two of my characters in particular are incredibly chatty and have created a new twist in the plot.  I never saw it coming and I am beyond excited to continue exploring this new story element.

Starting word count: 51, 381
End word count: 53, 695
Total word count: 2,314

4) Send out five query letters and be ready with a synopsis.

Last month I made the mini-goal of sending my query letter to Pitchapalooza via the World Literary Cafe.  I am happy to report that I met that goal.  I didn’t win the contest, but it felt great to finally put a query in the hands of an agent.  The ice has officially been broken and that motivates me to send out more query letters.  One down, four to go!

In addition, my new critiquer has agreed to give my query letter a line-by-line assessment.  I am beyond excited to get some help on making my query as strong as possible.

5) Keep up with my blog.

Back in April I set a schedule of posting four times a week, but my muse obviously did not agree with this plan.  In the month of May, I posted 29 times and my inspiration is not slowing down.  Thanks so much to my readers for continuing to stop by every day.  I have a lot planned for the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

6) Network more with other writers.

I’ve stepped back slightly from networking, (mainly due to time constraints), but I still managed to do enough to see my numbers go up once again.  I’ll be back in full force over the summer to keep my network growing!

My Facebook Page has grown from 110 to 140 Likes.

On Twitter, my followers have grown from 211 to 237.

Thank you so much to everyone who has clicked those “Like” and “Follow” buttons!  I appreciate all of you so much!

To follow me on either network, please visit my sidebar.

7) Inspire other writers to keep writing.

As always, I hope my presence is positive and inspiring.

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c.b. 2012

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28 thoughts on “May Status Report: 2012 Goals

  1. You’ve had a busy month and sounds like everything is right on-track. Good for you! And I’m glad your muse kept you blogging more as I really enjoy reading what you have to offer! :)

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    • I think my writing goals actually saved me from the insanity of my job. Writing may be Job #2, but I have a lot of fun doing it! :-)

      My muse is so addicted to blogging, she has me listing post ideas in my smartphone. There is no shortage of topics! Thanks so much for stopping by as often as you do! :-)

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  2. ~Lady Day

    Awesome! I have an odd question…your school year ends now, or end of June? I’m in Canada. My kids don’t even get a full two months off. So was just curious.

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    • The last day of school is usually the last week of May, but we pick up again during the first week or so of August. This isn’t typical for most regions, but in Arizona this is the norm.

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    • Isn’t that compilation amazing! :-) I hope you find somewhere to submit some of your fantastic work!

      I’m happy to jump back into the social realm as I really enjoyed meeting so many fantastic people. I’ve missed tweeting and reading tweets. :-)

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  3. You can pat yourself on the back. Your working very hard toward publishing success. And you are enjoying yourself in the process! That’s the true mark of success. Enjoy your summer. It sounds as if it will be very productive.

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    • I always try to have fun in whatever I do, (whether it be working retail, teaching, or writing), because that makes the hard work something to look forward to. :-)

      I hope I can stay on track this summer. There is a lot of free time, but that can be distracting sometimes – I have to stay focused! :-)

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  4. Good for you! I love reading your updates. I’m sorry the crit fell through, but I’m glad someone is making it right. And I’m glad you’re so inspired that you have to carry a tablet with you. LOL Don’t you just LOVE that feeling?! :)

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    • I absolutely LOVE that feeling. This story feels so special and I love how it keeps speaking to me. Perhaps one day it’ll speak to others in the same way. :-)

      I got my crit yesterday and it was incredibly helpful. The person who did it truly saved the day in more ways than one. I couldn’t be happier. :-)

      Thanks for being such an awesome source of support and encouragement!

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  5. This is something that’s very inspiring to me…it seems you really want your dreams to happen and by all accounts your pushing through. You can’t help but root for someone like you in your situation, I have a feeling this connects with a lot of people on here.

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    • Stay inspired! :-)

      I started documenting my progress (and sometimes failures) on my goals to keep myself accountable, but its turned out to be something that reaches much further. I love how it seems to inspire people to go after their own dreams whatever they may be. :-)

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  6. That query letter has been such a bugaboo – I am delighted to hear that you got one out there. Once you’ve stared it down once, it can’t scare you nearly as bad! Yay you!!!!

    No wonder you have insomnia – those people in your head just won’t shut up and let you sleep. (I’d put a smiley face here but don’t have doing that mastered, so please insert a virtual smiley face now.) I’m glad that they are making themselves useful with new plot twists and stories.

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    • I just got some great advice on how to make that query better. I can’t wait to get started so I can send out the new and improved version. :-)

      LOL! That’s why my insomnia will never go away. My characters have no respect for the need to sleep. :-D

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