Beginnings and Ends

The end of 2017 was a blur. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's all blended together into a kaleidoscope of celebration, culminating with a New Year's Eve blow out. Still recovering from that particular fun time.

Which, unfortunately, has left me with a laundry list of things I need to wrap up for 2017 and get started for 2018. Four days into the new year, I'm finally ready to tackle some of them.

First off, we have my quarterly goals of 2017 Q4 to go over. I suppose it's best to deal with bad news first, right?

This was, far and away, my least successful quarter, at least, in terms of accomplishing the goals I had set out for myself. I manage four out of 12 goals. 33% ain't great. That being said, two of the goals I accomplished were major ones.

Numero uno, I completed NaNoWriMo. This was huge for me. I managed to stay ahead of my word count for most of the month and had no problem hitting the final goal, even after a few days in week 4 of no writing.

Numero dos, I got my WIP ready for beta readers. Draft 3 of my novel is ready and it currently in the hand of my first round of beta readers: my critique group.

Now, 2018 is here, and my quarterly goals need to be updated. I have given myself 14 goals to accomplish by March 30th, 2018, ranging from writing goals to reading goals to health goals and professional goals and everything in between. Again, some of these are private, so I won't share them, but included among them is a whole slew of outlining, writing a short story, and a weight goal.

Let's see how I'm going to start 2018!

A.P. Thayer