Report Card: Looking Back at My Goals for 2012

Report Card: Looking Back at My Goals for 2012

In early January of 2012, I posted a list of my writing and publishing goals for the coming year. Looking back on them, I don’t think I did too badly. Here’s a look back at what I thought I’d accomplish, and at how well things turned out. You might want to go back and read the original post first for context.

Get back to a better blog posting schedule. I defined this as posting “at least twice a week.” I just went back through my archives and did a quick count, and it looks like I posted a grand total of 57 times last year. That’s just slightly better than once per week, but you know what? I think that’s a pretty respectable average. I may have fallen short of the actual target number, but I don’t think I did too badly. I’m gonna go ahead and give myself half credit for that one.

Post video content. Yeah, this one I completely dropped the ball on. There are a couple of readings that I recorded, including my reading with fellow writer Luna Lindsey, that I still haven’t dug out the tapes for, cleaned them up, and uploaded the results. Zero credit for this one. I feel bad about that, but really, all of my video-related energy has gone into …

Do everything I can to get Causality Season One finished. Yeah, this one I feel good about. We’re still not done with Season One, but that’s certainly not due to the lack of effort on anyone’s part, let alone my own. The delay has more to do with the difficulties involved in coordinating the efforts and schedules of such a large and growing group of talented people. I’ve worn an entire hat rack worth of hats so far on this production — everything from writing and producing to prop building and set design to being a general errand boy and occasionally, a caterer. (Never doing that again. I think I’ve successfully discovered the most thankless job in all of independent film.) I’m even trying to talk my co-producers into letting me handle some of the post-production work, which has been an uphill battle so far, but we’ll see. Full credit on this one.

Finish and release Still Life. This is the novel that grew out of my story “One Last Sunset.” To be honest, I barely touched it. I gave it a once over, polished a couple of lines here and there, but overall, I’m going to have to give myself zero credit on this one, especially considering how much work there is left to do. I finished the first draft of this thing years ago and I really need to get off my ass and get it out into the world.

Get my individual short stories up online. I said that I would have at least twenty of them, and I’m not going to go count right now — I can tell you off the top my head I only have about half that. It turned out to be a lot of effort, and I’m not 100% sure that it’s worth it. They do sell, albeit slowly, and it is nice to be able to give them free days on Amazon, so I’ll probably try to get back to it. I did get a handful online, so I’m going to go ahead and give myself half credit for this one, too.

Submit to at least half-a-dozen anthologies. Yeah, not quite. I submitted a story to exactly one anthology. While I’m glad I did at least that much, I’m going to be ruthless here and give myself zero credit.

Release another collection of short stories. Full credit for this one! 2012 saw the release of Permanent Damage, which has been quite well-received and I’m totally happy with it. Good job, me.

Publish a new edition of Counting From Ten. Full credit for this one, too. Like I said last year, doing this was kind of a no-brainer. Not to disparage any of the effort I went to to proofread it, reformat the text, and design a brand-new cover that, if you don’t mind my saying so, looks pretty damn sharp.

Actually promote things once in a while. I had a very specific measurable goal for this one, which I don’t think I met — I wanted to contact 50 book bloggers throughout the course of the year. I kind of shifted gears on that one a little bit, and concentrated my efforts mainly on running book giveaways instead, contacting potential reviewers through sites like Goodreads and LibraryThing. I reached hundreds of potential new readers that way, so even though I didn’t go about it the way I’d intended, I think I get full credit for this one.

So let’s see, how did I do? Looks like that’s 5 out of 9 points. I think we can call that a passing grade, although just barely. But although this list doesn’t necessarily reflect it, I did work my butt off last year. So I’d say, honestly, if I were going to assign myself a letter grade, I’d give myself a solid C. Definitely room for improvement. But that’s what 2013 is for.

Now I’ll need to sit down and figure out what my goals for this year are, and we’ll start this all over again. I’ll see you here next time.

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