Happy New Year everyone!
I’ve been looking at my goals. I didn’t set any, at least none that were public for 2019. I think I needed time to kind of do my own thing without the pressure of scrutiny. This post shows my goals for 2018.
We’re in a new year and a new decade. I wanted to reflect some on last year and what I’d like to do for this one. I may do a decade reflection later this month, but I wanted to start smaller than that. (And even this has been a doozy to try to assemble.) Let’s take a look at last year and what I hope to accomplish this one. Let’s dive in, shall we?
I started a Patreon! I had some requests to create one so that people could support me. I do a lot for the writing community and it’s all free. Having people support me and my endeavors help to keep me going and hold me accountable. Plus, it’s really incredible to have people who are interested enough in the work that I do to support me with even a dollar. If you’d like to join my cozy community or see what I have to offer over there, c’mon over.
My main hope is to reach a threshold of 50 patrons so I can put my books into paperback. In order for me to do that, I’ll need to pay my cover designer to expand the designs for the Mystic Eye series, and to design new covers for the Beach Bound series.
And of course, none of that is free.
If I can get more support from Patreon, I would be able to do one book at a time after I received a monthly payment. And it’s an excellent way to gauge community interest and engagement.
Books happened y’all! I released two: Murder to Spare and Wiped Out. They were so much fun to write. I’ll be writing and releasing their follow-ups this year, hopefully, two for each series and a surprise or two along the way. I’ll also be writing short fiction works on my Patreon for one of my upper tiers so check that out. They might link to the ongoing series, or they may just be random topics that caught my eye. I want to do more creative writing this year outside of the books that I’m working on. I may even explore poetry again, but no promises on that front.
And of course, I’m still working on the freebie that I’ll be giving out this month for my patrons, people who are subscribed to my newsletter or who sign up for it. I changed up my newsletter a bit as well, now that I think about it. But that’ll have tinkering here and there as I go along.
I also started my street team! It’s pretty quiet in there as I’m still learning how it works and what I should be doing with it. It’s a learning curve, but I’m up for the challenge. If you’d like to be one of my Riot Readers, join us!
With my productivity: I started using a Productivity app and I keep track of my work in a little book. I host a weekly write-in on my YouTube to keep me and my writing friends motivated. You’re more than welcome to come and hangout with us. We do timed sprints and then chat in-between. They’re generally 2 hours and it’s a great way to force me to get the work done. I do them every Thursday at 2 pm Eastern, which is generally 8 or 9 am HST depending on the time of year. If you subscribe and ring the notification bell, YouTube should let you know when I’m streaming.
I have a journal that I do morning pages in when my mind feels too cluttered and of course, my planner is key to keep me going. For this year, I want to write at least 1k words daily and edit a chapter. The stretch goal is 3k words and 3 chapters.
Rediscovering my journalist roots:
My writing buddy and good friend, Carrow Brown and I started a podcast called AuthorTube News. We discuss issues in the publishing community from an indie and traditional published perspective. It’s been a great way to get to use my journalist background in a way that fits into my current world. I’m excited for us to get better at this, create more content, and share our viewpoints with all of you. The latest episode is about the dumpster fire that has been the controversy in the Romance Writers of America (RWA) organization. Here’s the latest episode:
Like a lot of us, I’m a book hoarder. Though these days ebooks are more my speed, just for the sake of being able to move them. I realized I was reading more of fiction than my writing books. WAY more. In order to combat that, I created Writers Workshop. A group of friends who are trying to keep up with that nonfic reading and I get together on the Saturday of each month to discuss one writing book. It has been such a help and I’ve really been learning new things to push my writing career forward. There’s also a Goodreads group if you want to join it.
For 2019, we’ve added some new people to chat and we’ll be trying to utilize the Goodreads a bit more. I’m excited to see where this collaboration can go.
I’ll be releasing a video this week talking about our latest choice. Here’s the playlist so you’ll be able to find it.
I’ve created a Goodreads goal of 50 books for the year. I use it more as a way to keep track of what I’m reading, though I did a pretty poor job of that in 2019. In 2019 my goal was 100 books and for the first time, I didn’t reach it. I’ve been prioritizing writing over reading. I think 50 books is an excellent number to keep me still reading, but to also give me wiggle room to explore my writing more.
#writestuff is going strong! Chatting with other writers about their work, their lives, and even commiserating about the writing life, in general, is the highlight of my week. The chat still happens every Tuesday at 9 p.m. Eastern and of course, there’s the FB group where we can keep in contact between the chats. I’d love to see this grow this year and I have some ideas in store. Just you wait and see.
We had another successful Project AuthorTube (formerly known as Project WriteTube). This is where myself and 12 other writers give advice and encouragement for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). This is my favorite collab that I do annually and I can’t wait to do it again this year! I’ll be adding in new people and trying new ways to get people excited about it. I did an IG challenge for 2019, but that didn’t pan out as well as I wanted to. Oh well. Those are the breaks.
Speaking of NaNoWriMo, I was asked to be part of 2019’s NaNoWriMo YouTube channel, which was incredibly excited. Sen pai noticed me. It was an excellent opportunity and it got me in front of a lot of new eyes, which was lovely.
Here’s one of the videos I created:
I feel like there’s probably much more, but I want to keep this to big-picture items and things that I’m continuing to do in 2020. I plan to update this blog and my website. It would be lovely if I could merge them in the future, but I’m not sure how to do that. I pay for hosting for both of them, and to lower costs a little is always helpful.
In any case, thanks so much for being here and supporting me. I hope this post finds you well and in good spirits. In the comments, let me know how your 2019 was and what are some goals for your 2020.