Getting Organized/Count Down to 2006

November 30, 2005 | Writing

Well fellow writers, today is the first day of the last month of 2005. This year has gone very fast and there have been events in my life, that have rocked me to my very core. My mother died suddenly in February, fifteen months after the death of my father. I was just coming to terms with the death of Daddy when she passed. To say I’m still in the shock and denial phase of mourning is an understatement. Sloane and Beth have been pillars of support, and the Brazen hussies and other writers were too. So, I’ve thought about and written my goals for 2006, and there’s not one diet goal around.
What are your writing goals for next year? In fact, why wait until January, cheat and get started now. I just finished participating in my first Big Book In A Quarter, sponsored by FF&P. Now the group wants to continue into next year. Works for me.
So, I’m going to post one of my goals each day. I’ve created a spreadsheet with my goals and time lines. I’ve included, the family vacation in June. My goal is survive five days at sea with my husband, 22 year old daughter and 15 year old son, without throwing them all overboard. However, if I went to jail I’d have at least fifteen hours to write on a daily basis without any interruptions. Goal Number One – finish line editing my interracial romance and send to Triskelion by December 12th. In order to meet this goal, I can not play tennis this weekend. I am captain of a women’s team, and we are determined to win our division this year. If I played, I have to dedicate four hours on Sunday to the match, instead of working on the book. I won’t even go and watch. We provide refreshments for both teams after each match. I’m going to set everything up and spend about half an hour with everyone afterwards. If we lose, I’m going to be pissed, but there are more matches. Our season doesn’t end until April, so I’ll have ample time to play.

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  1. My goal? Simple. To finish something, damn it. I haven’t finished anything for awhile now. I got peeps relying on me. How can I get readers if I give them nothing to read?

    Good luck with the Triskelion book! Rootin’ for ya.


  2. Best of luck with the Triskelion submission, Yasmine! I know you’ll finish and it’ll be great. They can’t help but love you.

    My goals? Finish my current novella, then the rewrite for my submission to Ellora’s Cave (the one the editor said, this is a bunch of kaka (not sure how to spell that!) but, if you rewrote it, I’d love to see it), and get started on the vampire tale that’s percolating in my head. Plus continue on my low-carb lifestyle.

    Is that enough?


  3. You’re doing great, Baby. Beth and I’ll whip you into shape yet. Never fear, you’ll meet everyone of your goals.

    Triskelion will be so happy with your work they’ll contract you for a lot more books. Now ain’t that a good thing?

    For 2006 I hope to get Teddi and David sold then complete Wolfe and Dru’s story because Heicke and Francine are bugging the shit out of me. Never heard or saw my characters before but these last two are constantly in my mind.

    Oh yeah, I wouldn’t mind losing the fifteen pounds Studly made me put on by cooking four times a week. I’m sure the wine with dinner didn’t add anything or the beers when we go to our local gin mill!


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