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Counting Crows will be crooning us into this new month. October was about balance. I spent time learning how to balance my writing life with work and home. I spent time learning how to balance different aspects of my writing life with each other during the time I had to spend on it as a whole. November was about introspection. We will get to that in just a minute.

December though is about action. As you saw in my last post, I have some pretty definite goals to reach this month. They are not all I need to accomplish. I also realize that my writing time might be compressed during certain periods of the month. I’ve been planning for this. I want to get it done. I want to meet these goals. If I accomplish these, I will have done more than I planned to get to in my writing for the year. I also need to map out next month and the first half of next year.

This is where November comes back in. In a previous post I mentioned what I was contemplating last month. “November will be about introspection, gratitude, and growth. What are my goals as a writer? What have I accomplished this year? What have I failed to achieve and why? What will I work on next year? How will I get there? What should I continue to do? What should I drop?”

Let’s take these one at a time. My goals as a writer are pretty simple. I want to write quality dark fiction and get it in the hands of readers that will enjoy it. I want to learn, grow and continue as a practicing writer. I want to help others in their writing journey.

This year I’ve become a better review writer. I have promoted the works of others. I finished one story and have seen its rejection. I have mapped out several others. I have made better use of available social networking tools. I’ve made new connections, strengthened old ones, and added to what I hope will one day be my fan base. It is currently one heck of a support system/cheering squad. I built one website for another writer and created my own. I joined a small writing group and have managed to be an active participant. I have continued to beta read for a couple of people outside of the group and am improving my editing skills as I go.

So far, I haven’t finished the stories I wanted to this year. The bottom line is poor time management and lack of commitment to the practice of writing, in this case I mean words on screen/page/ whatever. I’ve been working on this during the last part of the year. Really there is nothing to it but to do it. I see my fiction page, and I lament that there isn’t more there for you, my readers and friends to go chase down. I am not diminishing my one, sold story. I am just frustrated that I haven’t sent more out this year. Maybe next year I will get to gripe about the tons of rejections I’ve gotten. I will be proud of that!

I think the previous entry and what is written above covers what my goals are for the remainder of the year, and as I am trying to set the pace for the coming year, you get a pretty good idea of my goals for the next. If you are on my LJ beta filter, then you will be getting more on this in detail. I will accomplish this by managing my time wisely, setting realistic goals, and honoring my commitment to the practive.

I will continue to work with social networks to broaden my audience and make more connections. I will also explore what I can do with my website to include the featured folks segments next year. I will continue to promote others and remain active in the crit group. I will stick with my beta reading. I will continue to run my writing community, Lobo_Luna on LJ. I will write more reviews and query zines to see if they are interested in them for publication. Most importantly, I will write. I will finish stories. I will redraft them and send them out into the world.

I am not sure what I should drop at this point. I think I’ve already taken steps to minimize the time I waste on the net. I’ve realized that the other aspects of my writing life do play an important role. I just need to be sure the stories are there too.

Ok that is my babble. What about you? What do you feel like sharing about your year? last month? this month? the next year? We can talk lessons learned, goals, or even how your Saturday night plans played out.

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Hungry Dino, credit unknownSo after eating everything in sight – ok not quiet everything – it is back to work for me.

Over the holiday, I caught up on my critique work. I planned a short story. I read. I am telling you right now, Seanan McGuire’s Rosemary and Rue does not disappoint. I hope to have a review for you guys this week. I have a feeling it will be gone all too quickly.

My goals for this month are simple:

Promote the work of others due heavy December retail traffic. People, buy books. Please!

Finish at least two more reviews.

Crank out three stories.

Complete a second draft for my alien story.

Yeah, I have very high hopes for December. If I get all of this accomplished, it will be a true gift to myself. Care to share your plans for the month of December? Will you be polishing up your NaNoWriMo from November? I want to extend a hearty congratulations to those of you who accomplished your November goals, whatever they might have been.

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Cthulhu saysFinding the time to read or write is often difficult for me. This month has been about balance. I think maybe next month needs to be about something similar.

I was working hard to get this story for one particular anthology done on deadline. It took forever to get the pieces together. Once they came together, there really wasn’t much time left to get the story written. The deadline is Sunday. I still need to write the story. I should be excitd to get it out of me as now at least I have a plot to go on, and the main characters are cast. Yet, I am not motivated. Grrr to that. Now what? What is the next step? Do I write the story? Do I move on to the next anthology that I plan to shoot for? Do I dabble in both? Do I go back to my alien story?

I have questions and no real answers.

Instead I have been reading. I have been completely absorbed in Caitlin Kiernan’s The Red Tree. I have several more spectacular books lined up to read. I have a bottleneck of great reading to get lost in. All I want to do is read in my free time right now. That time is fairly limited. Sometimes balance just means making a trade-off.

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