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Wednesday's Word Count & April Goal Review

We're heading into May this week. Do you know what that means? Goals are upon me! Not just weekly goals, monthly goals, and even some of my "long term" goals. June is just around the proverbial corner and then half the year will be over. Yowza! So today, I'm going to mix Wednesday's Words with my Monthly Goal Review (cause I'm running out of month and we have a Spotlight tomorrow).

Prior Goal:
4,000 words.

Achieved: 8,539 (can I get a woot, woot!?)

Goal for new week: 7,000.

Excuses / comments: "The end" is in my field of vision and I'm amped! Of course, this particular "the end" will only lead to "the beginning" of massive revisions BUT, I'm still excited. I also challenged Heather with a deadline. We're to have to our respective drafts done by May 15th (the same drafts we worked on for the 30k challenge). We both need it, and if I can manage it, it will fall in line perfectly with my 2009 goal to have a complete draft done by May or June. What does it all mean? I have to write around 17k over the next 16 days. Given my track record with other challenges, I know I can do it.

Now for my review...


Still on track to have my WIP finished by the end of May.
Still on track for my end-of-year goals.
Read seven books.
Blogged regularly.
Finished the 30k in 30 (one) days challenge on time.
Practiced reading outloud.
Reviewed my goals for April!

What didn't I accomplish?

I didn't manage to write daily, as hoped, but I've still done very well, I think.
I didn't do a book review STILL.
I didn't post a teaser.

So for May I charge myself with the following:

Finish this draft by May 15th, which will cover one of my year goals.
Begin revisions.
Read at least three books.
Write at least three Fashy Fiction prompts (I'm awful about this and awful at it).
At least one book review.
Maybe that teaser I keep talking about.
AND...the usual, i.e. blogging, commenting, learning, etc.

Woo! Glad that's over with. Please sift through all this madness as you please and add your own goals - weekly, monthly, yearly, whatev! If you'd rather just answer a question, what have you been doing this spring? How's your weather been?


PJ Hoover said...

I'll send you a whoo hoo! you're doing great!

Casey Something said...

Thanks PJ!

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

you missed one thing on your accomplishments - TAKING CARE OF A NEW BABY! rock on - you are my hero - writing and taking care of baby - woot woot!

Casey Something said...

Oh ya! The kids! I knew I forgot to take care of something...

I'm just kidding. Thanks so much Shelli!

C. N. Nevets said...

That's some good work, Casey! You've got momentum now, so keep busting heads and taking names!


Or literally, if it helps you write.

Casey Something said...

Thanks Nevets! I think I'll pass on the head busting.


Trisha Pearson said...

Woot woot on more than doubling your weekly goal! Congrats.

Anonymous said...

that's all pretty impressive!

well done ... roll on May!


C. N. Nevets said...

By the way, since you asked us to share goals, I shall do so. A week ago this past Monday, which is a literary way of referring to 20 April 09, I set myself the following goals, and posted them on my Facebook to keep myself accountable.

Daily: I have to write on at least one project each day. I am counting serious editing and revising in that.

Weekly: I have to submit or query at least one item a week. Since I write stories and scripts as well as novels, this is doable. It helps too that I'm sitting on twenty years of product that needs to be perfected, but is written.

Following your model, I'll set myself another goal-set, and post it here. As I told my Facebook friends, please throw rotten vegetables at me if I fail.

May: I need to be settled on a genre/classification. Rose and I need to be settled on a genre/classification to focus on for our work together. Rose and I need to have an outline finished for one of our planned novels, appropriate to the genre we select.

And plus I better have done my daily and weekly goals.

So there you have it!

Heather Hansen said...

OH, GOD! *covering my face and wanting to die* Is it goal day already?!

I didn’t make my goal last week. I think I’m 2K shy.

My huge problem is… I have NO IDEA what I’m doing with this book. It is complete aimlessness at its best. And to finish it in 15 days…!!!! It will be a freaking miracle.

My goals for this next week:

Today: Figure out the “plan” for the book (PLOT *COUGH!*).

Then… In order to finish I figure I have to write 2K a day. HOLY CRAP! My stomach is sick thinking about it.

So next week’s goal is… 12,000 new words.

Please don’t laugh. I don’t think I can do it either. BUT I will try to stay positive.

C. N. Nevets said...

You can do it, Heather!

Casey Something said...

Thank you Trisha and Jonas!

Nevets, looks like you have some great goals lined up! You should keep us updated on your querying (I can never read enough of that).

Heather! You're doing FINE. And you CAN do it. How'd your plotting go yesterday? I'm starting to feel intimidated by having 15 days to do this, too. Oi!

And yes, we must stay positive. I've written 1k so far today but I really should do more.