Quarterly Writing Goals: Q2 2017

I can’t believe another quarter has past. For me, 2017 is flying by at a snail’s pace.

With regards to my writing life, I’m months behind. My goal to have my debut novel, Hound Dog Confidential, published on August 1st, must be pushed back. There are so many more steps to this self-publishing thing than I first thought. And, everything about the process is time consuming. If only publishing a novel on Amazon was just a click of a button.

With regards to my personal life, the days can’t go by fast enough. Sometimes I wake up in the morning and can’t believe it’s only July. That end of the year ‘blah’ feeling I usual get around fourth quarter has taken over me.  Each day drags on with too many and too little hours in the day. Emotionally, I feel as though it should be Thanksgiving already.

The reason why I blog about my quarterly goals is to keep myself on track to meet the annual resolutions I wrote about on January 7th. You can read my first quarter progress in the April 5th blog post.

Reading Goals

I read the following:

Prince Lestat by Anne Rice (5-stars. Beautiful writing, memorable characters, both old and new, great twist on the Vampire mythology.)

The Thought Readers by Dima & Anna Zales (4-stars. Fast read with an interesting main character)

Vengeance Be Mine by Louisa Lo (4-stars. It’s a funny Urban Fantasy)

Discern by Andrea Pearson (4-stars. The characters are a little cliché, but it is a fun story)

Wings of Hope by Pippa DaCosta (4-stars. A prequel to her Veil Series. A little story that packs a punch)

Angel Vindicated by Viola Estrella (4-stars. A well written Angel/Demon PNR. The MC, Abby, does make some idiotic decisions)

Feral by Laxmi Hariharan (3-stars. A vividly drawn world with shifters, Bombay the year 2036 after an apocalypse, but a teen love triangle & romance isn’t my thing)

Tutoring the Wolf by Jacqueline Sweet & Devon March (3-stars. Well written with well-developed characters, but I didn’t feel anything with the romance)

Soul Ties by LJ Swallow (3-stars. A great start to an Angel/Demon series. The love interest, Keir, and his best friend/sidekick, Delilah, are annoying and at times drag the story down)

Romancing the Null by Tina Gower (5-stars. This novel was awesome. I loved the main characters Kate & Ian as well as the overall storyline)

Crimson Shadow: Noir by Nathan Squiers (3-stars. A well written book with no typos. I couldn’t sympathize with the main character, Xander, and was actively rooting for the bad vampires to kill him & his mentors)

A Touch of Darkness by Yelena Casale & Tina Moss (3-stars. There were no typos. A great Angel/Demon main plot was overshadowed by a boring romance that didn’t have a good build up and the main character, Cassie, makes multiple dumb decisions)

Currently Reading: Dream Stalker: Talented: Book 1 by Amy Hopkins

Writing Goals

plan -2372176_1920I wrote two flash fiction stories and made outlines for three novellas.

I’m further along on the 3rd novel in my series, The Children of Ekhidna and Typhoeus. Because my first drafts are hand written, I don’t know how many more words I’ve added, but there are more chapters than before.

Author Goals

Hound Dog Confidential is with a proof reader. Final phase yay!

I set up TinyLetter, MailChimp and Mailerlite accounts to host my mailing list. When I’m ready, I’ll have a sign-up post for readers to join my future ARC (advanced review copy) team.

The self-editing on Through the Villain’s Eyes is finally finished (for now) and a comprehensive editing appointment has been book for later in the month.

 

The next things to tackle in third quarter are: 1) Write novellas for Instafreebie and my mailing list sign-ups; 2) Write more flash fiction and a short story; 3) Publish Hound Dog Confidential.

Are you on track to meet your annual or quarterly goals?

I hope you liked this week’s blog post.  You can read the first chapters of my urban fantasy series The Children of Ekhidna and Typhoeus on the books page.

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4 thoughts on “Quarterly Writing Goals: Q2 2017

  1. fantac.cisse says:

    Gosh, I wish I had that drive! I absolutely loved reading your goals, it’s definitely triggered my need to go back to my keyboard ^^
    I spent the last months trying to find that pool of infinite inspiration that abruptly disappear on me when I needed the most, so I can only admire your method to stick to your resolutions..

    You actually made me consider creating my own Quartely Goals… I just wonder, isn’t it a lot of pressure, trying to achieve everything on your list?

    Anyway, thank you for writing this piece! 🙂

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    • stacybenedict says:

      Thank you for reading and commenting. I hear you about having a lack of motivation and inspiration, especially when it comes to writing and blogging. Sometimes I wake up and ask myself what is the point…
      I definitely think everyone should create quarterly or weekly goals. I got inspired to do this by some writers on YouTube. In 2016 I had wanted to be more productive in 2017 so I tried this. It has helped a lot and even though I’m still way behind, I am still more productive than I was last year and in 2015.
      Yes, doing this has some pressure–since I’m blogging publicly about my goals–but I don’t view this as a zero sum game. Even if I complete 50% or 30% of my goals, it is a win-win for me.
      Good luck! Thank you again for your kind words.

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  2. Poppy Nwosu (Tall Tales) says:

    Hello 🙂
    I enjoyed reading about your writing goals. I think setting goals is such a good idea, because even if you don’t achieve all of them you will still motivate yourself to get something done at least! I have been setting goals too, but mine so far have been about focusing on editing and stuff like that (yuck! Editing.)
    My newest goal is to do ANOTHER edit on a manuscript and get it finished within two months. I hope I can do it! 🙂

    Reading other people’s writing goals is great, because it inspires me to create my own!

    So thank you 🙂

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    • stacybenedict says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words and for reading my post! Writing down my goals does keep me motivated. I too am in the middle of editing my manuscript and it I both hate it and love it.
      Hang in there…When it’s over, you’ll feel so excited.
      Thank you!

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