As 2018 approaches, I find myself thinking about my accomplishments this year. Because while I realise I didn’t manage to complete my SMART goals, that doesn’t mean I didn’t do a lot more than I imagined I’d be able to.
I like setting goals. Sometimes, I reach those goals. Usually I have a lot of goals. But a few months ago, I narrowed it down to two. Finish this round of TAO editing, and win Nanowrimo again. I may not have finished the TAO edit, but I did win Nanowrimo. Which I now see I completely forgot to write about, but I did tweet about it (of course).
In winning Nanowrimo, I also finished Remnants! Which is huge! The sequel, which has the working title Unleashed, is already rattling around in my head, so I’ll have to make sure to start outlining that soon so I don’t forget anything. I may not have set finishing Remnants as a SMART goal, but it was always there in the back of my mind as a big part of the Nanowrimo goal.
As for TAO, I focused so much on Remnants I just never got around to it. Besides, my brain wasn’t really cooperating either. Brains can be weird like that. What can you do, right.
This year saw a change for me. I decided on a pen name, and set up a new website. I’m working on my worldbuilding workshop, which I hope to have up and running in the next year. I self-published my short story The Answer at the X via Smashwords, and you can currently get that for free if you want it. And I’m actually trying to be an active Twitter user, which it turns out is a lot more work that I though it would be.
I hope everyone has a wonderful celebration, and I wish you all an amazing and productive new year.