Quarterly Report +

With all this talk about issues, interest and goals, I remembered a little list of my own goals. And that got me wonderin’, how am I doing?

With that, here is my quarterly report, although a little late.

At a glance I can tell you I’ve made some progress but I still have a lot to do.

If you read my Goals for 2010 post you’ll recognize this list.


1. Finish editing my manuscript — In progress

2. Take at least two more on-line writing classes — One down, one to go

3. First, organize my home work space for more efficiency — I tried, it’s still not perfect

4. Later, (after August) create a new, quieter and more private work space somewhere in the house away from the general living space — fingers crossed and hoping for the best with this one 🙂

5. Write down my story ideas right away instead of letting them fade away into nothingness — YES, this one I’m right on top of.

6. Finish reading the following books

  • Plot and Structure by: James Scott Bell — Bahahaha yeah right, no, I haven’t done this yet.
  • Dialogue by: Gloria Kempton — nope this either, but I am reading Syn and Syntax and Stein on Writing
  • Conflict, Action & Suspense by: William Noble — nope
  • A Natural History of the Senses by: Diane Ackerman — nah, maybe later

(These are all books I’ve started but never finished.)

7. Get off the Jennifer Crusie crack pipe and read something outside my genre. Okay, so I read one Jennifer Crusie book this year 😉

Here is a list of books on my list:

  • Crazy For The Storm by Norman Ollenstad — not yet
  • This Is Where I Leave You by: Jonathan Tropper — forgot about this one
  • The Art of Racing In The Rain by: Garth Stein — read!
  • Heart in the Right Place by: Carolyn Jourdon — not yet
  • Crime and Punishment by: Fyodor Dostoyevsky (unless someone wants to recommend something different by Dostoyevsky) — not yet

8. Write more short stories and essays – quality short stories and essays – no playing around this time!– I wrote a couple of essays and published one!

Not bad for four months. How are you doing on your goals?

16 thoughts on “Quarterly Report +

    1. I think I need to print this list. I actually forget a few of these items. You have good reasons for not meeting your goals, I don’t. 🙂

  1. Your comments are hilarious! Personally, I think that since you had an essay published this year (I say as I hang my head in shame and sult back into a dark corner 🙁 ) that you should get a free pass on all other goals you may come up short on by December 31st. 🙂 I’d be so thrilled to be published the rest would just be secondary time fillers.

    1. They don’t publish themselves. You have to submit something. *nag*nag* 🙂

      Personally, I think you could write a couple of gardening essays and get them published in any home mag. Especially this time a year. 😉

      1. I’m working on it. That is my underlying goal with the Creativity Workshop to get a few poems and short stories written with the goal of publication in mind. I even picked up a few Sci-Fi magazines so I could get a feel for their taste in style and language. I love my novel, but lets face it – It’s not going to get me anywhere, anytime soon.

  2. Well, I’m impressed! I don’t know how you do it while holding down a job and raising a family, but it looks like you are doing great. Plus being published!

    The second set of books sound like alot more fun than the first. Great job Dayner!

    I’m just at week one of my new goals and I have written every day, altho not always for 60 min.

    1. I agree about the second set of books. Although, I flipped through A Natural History of the Senses by: Diane Ackerman and it’s pretty interesting. I need help in that area too, I tend to leave out the sensory detail in my writing. *shrug* I’m learning…
      Is that 60 min at one time? Yikes! I couldn’t do that in my house either.

  3. I admire you for taking the time to analyze your progress and goals.

    I’m great at procrastinating over using my time in such a productive way!!!

  4. Given everything else you do, I think you are pretty amazing, Wonder Woman!

    And I think it’s a lot more important to WRITE than to read books about writing.

    Good for you!

    1. HAHA! That’s funny. Today I bought a little pocket notebook with a picture of Wonder Woman on it. It’s going to be my “action verb notebook”. Who better to represent action verbs than Wonder Woman.
      I agree about writing vs. reading about writing, but I am getting something out of Syn and Syntax–at least when I get the time to sit down and read it.

      What was the other Dostoyevsky book you recommended?

      1. Oh, now I want a Wonder Woman notebook too… I picked up The Idiot (Dostoevsky) at that great book sale I went to a couple of weeks ago, but of course haven’t opened it yet.

  5. What I great idea…I am ashamed to say I completely forgot I did this, also…I think I may need to go back and review mine, but I guarantee you will have made far more progress than I. So congrats!!

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