January Status Report: 2012 Goals


To keep myself accountable for the goals I set for 2012, I’ve decided to keep track of my progress with a post at the end of each month.  Goals have a funny way of falling by the wayside due to everyday life and that pesky habit of procrastination that stymies even the best of us.  While my dream board helps me stay focused, an extra insurance policy of accountability will ensure I don’t wander off!

Here’s where I stand for each goal:

1) Submit five pieces of writing. 

I haven’t submitted anything, but I have been doing a lot of research on literary magazines where I can send my work.  I created a folder on my desktop to store links and submission guidelines.  At the moment, I have three strong contenders for a short story I feel is good enough to submit.

2) Finish minor changes in my first novel.

At the moment, my novel is resting comfortably on a shelf.  However, it’s not in the name of procrastination but rather a much needed bit of distance.  I’m at the point where I’m way too attached and involved.  I need a fresh pair of eyes before I start completing any structural changes, (no matter how small).  At the same time, I am happy to report that the first five chapters have been fully edited in terms of grammar and spelling.

3) Work on my second novel.

My muse and I have been very active on this front.  Over the course of January, I’ve written 3,654 words, reworked multiple plot points, and created two new characters.  This is my central project at the moment and it’s showing no signs of slowing down.

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

I’m relatively happy with my query letter after making a few minor adjustments, but I still want to tinker with it a little more.  I added four more agents to my list of possibilities and I continue to do more research via directories and agent websites.  The synopsis, however, is still nonexistent as I continue to  struggle with the format.

5) Keep up with my blog.

So far, so good!  Despite staying busy with so many other things, I’ve been able to consistently post three or four times a week.

6) Network more with other writers.

Surprisingly, I’ve made some decent headway on this goal!  Socializing is not my forté (I take on the role of a reclusive writer with much more ease), but I realize the only way to get my writing out there is to get myself out there.  The extension of my social network is evident on my sidebar:

  • I’ve added a new twitter button and now share my tweets.
  • Over on facebook, I created a Writer Page for my pen name.  I update the page daily with blog information and musings of a writer.  Click “Like” to follow along!
  • I joined goodreads to be part of the reading community as well as the writing community.  Eventually, I plan on creating a goodreads author page.

7) Inspire other writers to keep writing.

This one is hard to gauge, but I hope I’m a positive influence and inspiration for those around me.

Hopefully, I can keep the momentum going in February!

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c.b. 2012

39 thoughts on “January Status Report: 2012 Goals

  1. It sounds like you’ve got your goals well in-hand. The best of luck to you with finding a publisher. Don’t be discouraged if this takes longer than you’d hope. I spent 10 years looking for the publisher who would take my teen novels, but finally found it. I hope it doesn’t take YOU that long!


    • I’m already bracing myself for a long wait and loads of rejection. That’s the nature of the beast and I hope I will survive! It’s encouraging to know that it can (and will) happen with a little patience and persistence. 🙂

      Thanks so much for reading. 🙂


  2. That’s really good going for a January status report! And as for the final one, I can confirm that you really are an inspiration for others. I even have the blog post to show it! After your post the other day about how you’re still working out what London did to you, I had something of an epiphany on the train home from Paris and knocked out a far-too-long-for-a-blog-post reflective essay on last semester in Costa Rica. So yes, you can definitely check that one off the list.

    Thanks again for consistently sharing your writings with the rest of us, and for burrowing your way into my head and asking me questions I hadn’t thought to ask myself : )


    • You are such an inspiration to me, too. Thanks for helping me check off #7! 🙂

      I’m still trying to figure out London, but over the last two week the words have started to appear. 🙂 I’m excited to see what happens.

      Thanks so much for reading.


  3. Leila

    You can’t obtain anything with our the risk. You have good solid goals. Just be patient with yourself (I know I’m not particularly good at that 😛 ). Can’t wait to hear about your publishing domination! 🙂


    • With risk comes fear and I have to work hard at getting past the fear. Sticking to my goals seems to help me with steeling my confidence and I hope that trend continues.

      Thanks for the encouragement! 🙂


  4. Wonderful, as always, C.B.!! Yes, very motivating. I, however, am beginning to think that my goal (only one?) for 2012 is just to keep track of all the different places I store the spiral that contains part of my sixth manuscript. On a shelf, in my bag, in the car, by the computer . . .


  5. You are definitely a positive influence around here! =) Good work on your goals so far. After all, you did say those are the goals for the year and you’re only 1 month in! You’re going to do great.


  6. These are spectacular goals! You list has put my efforts to shame and it’s just the first month of 2012! This is going to be a stellar year for you, I can feel it in my bones. It’s also pretty intimidating, seeing all the hard work you’ve done and what’s waiting for me if I ever reach the point you’re at.

    I think you’ve mastered number 7- I definitely count you as one of my top supporters. Thank you.


    • It’s been a good month of motivation and I’m hoping to maintain the work ethic. February is traditionally a busy one for me at work, so it’s going to take a lot of fortitude to stay on track!

      I’m glad #7 has more good news to add my list! 🙂

      Thanks so much for reading and for offering so much support!


    • I’m a list person and always have been. As much as I like to wonder, I also love crossing things off a to-do list. 🙂 It felt really good to have something good to right down for each one of these goals.

      Thanks for reading!


  7. Denise Higgins

    You are certainly an inspiration to me. A writer you are and being published and paid for your talent is within reach. The goals that you accomplished for January alone prove it. Here’s to your muse and to all the places it will take you.


  8. One of my goals is to read more of your blog posts! As far as inspiration goes, you invented the word. The dedication you have to your writing is what will get you published. You have the creative side to write the words and the business side to do the work to get those words out there. And most importantly, you have the discipline to get both done, bravo to you!


    • My inspiration and motivation wouldn’t be anything near what it is without you or WIG. Ever week I walk away with renewed faith in the craft of writing and a jolt to keep writing whenever my muse speaks.

      I’ll be reading your blog, too! I’m always anxiously awaiting your next post! 🙂


      • Thanks for your confidence in me, you could friend me on Facebook as the only time I post a status, it’s a blog post. I’m still new to Facebook and my daughter set me all up, friends and all, but I’m getting the hang of it!


    • I’ve always worked better with a deadline looming and the concept of accountability. I hate failing, so even self-inflicted accountability is very effective! 🙂 Hopefully, I’ll be able to stay on track!


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