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Goals for Round 1 of A Round of Words In 80 Days 2013

So here we are at the start of a new Round in a new year.  I’m back at the Evil Day Job today after a glorious long holiday break (the only time I ever really have any down time from my life), and it’s got me evaluating how I’d like to approach the next 80 days.  There is a part of me that would like to hit the ground running and declare some monumental goal, like that I’ll maintain the kind of word production that I did over said glorious break.  But no.  The Project From Hell is winding up this month and January is all about getting back into routine.

So on a broad scale, I would like to:

  • Finish my Christmas plot bunny novella (I lack about 15k).
  • Finish revisions to Daughter of the Hunt.  These will be significant and will take some time, but if I focus on them exclusively (once I get this last critique back), I hope to be able to knock them out by the end of the Round.
  • Make progress on Riven.  I’m not saying how much progress just because I have no idea how long DOTH revisions will take and that needs to be a priority.  I lack about 35k to finishing it.
  • Finalize the outline for the first book in this contemporary romance series I’d like to start.  I doubt I’d get any writing done on it before next round, but if I can get the nuts and bolts planned out, I’ll be in good shape for when I DO begin it.
  • Begin prep for the Psychology and the Law class I’m teaching in the fall.  This will be a brand new class for me, so I still need to order my textbook and start writing lectures and creating test banks and such.  I’ll update the schedule on what I want to accomplish with that when I have the book in my hot little hands.
  • Write the formatting ebooks class I’ve been promising to teach through WANA International.  This one has largely just been waiting on my finishing something to take through the process, so I hope to dive into that come February.  I don’t think it will take me that long to actually DO–maybe a couple of weekends of Camtasia recordings.  Mostly I just need to take the time to make certain that everything I’ve always done will still WORK (as such things change quickly and it’s been a year and a half since I did it last).

On a more specific note I plan to:

  • Write 20 days out of every 30.
  • Write a minimum of 600 words on my writing days.  I often write more than this, but this is generally my comfy minimum, so I’ll stick with it for now.

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