I learned my lesson with this past year–setting a schedule for myself when it comes to projects doesn’t work, in large part because I get too ambitious.
A lot has changed for me in 2012, especially my employment situation. I went from a part-time retail position to a full-time office/customer service position that’s also had me traveling in the past couple of months. It’s been an amazing experience for me so far and I’ve already learned a lot in the eight months I’ve been with the company. However, the 8-5 (sometimes 10-7) position hasn’t afforded me the same opportunities to write that I used to have. I’m still adjusting my sleeping schedule and sorting out exactly how much sleep I need versus how alert I will be in the morning. It’s getting better, but it’s not quite there yet.
This being said, I’ve got some goals for 2013.
- When All’s Said and Done completed by mid-year, published by end of year
- Legacies of the Lost Earth: The Last Colony edited and published by end of February
- Epsilon: Redeemer completed by mid-year, published by end of year
- UNSETIC Files: In the Beginning – at least two collection stories completed by end of January and published as ebooks by end of March
- Awakenings: War Drums available as ebook and in print by end of June.
I’m not willing to get any more ambitious than that–and even that’s probably more ambitious than I should be, considering that I will be starting up Legacies of the Lost Earth again shortly with Ashes to Ashes and continuing to keep up a schedule on Awakenings.
It’s important to have goals–but it’s also important to have goals that are achievable. Otherwise, they mean nothing at all.