Another year older and less deeper in debt

I made close to $26,000 last year, more than I ever made at The Log (except for one year when the booming real-estate market resulted in us all getting massive bonuses). And my expenses are lower, so I ended up with more take home and more saved.
I’m delighted, of course, even though there’s no guarantee what’ll happen next year. Some of the revenue was due to special eHow projects that may not be repeated. Then again, there are other income sources for freelancers out there——I just need to snag some of them.
And so I’ve been working on my next set of 101 goals in 1,0001 days. As I have 21 months to go on last year’s goals, drawing up new ones has been a bit of a challenge: I don’t want to just recycle goals from the current set, except for one or two that are really important and those I’ve already failed on.
In my first year of the current set, I’ve completed 14 goals including completing Kernel of Truth, I Think Therefore I Die and Number of the Least. There are four goals that I’ve flopped on (taking TYG to my reunion, for instance——for various reasons, it didn’t work out). Among the rest, there’s some I’m confident I’ll succeed on, and some I know I won’t. With writing goals, I don’t think there’s a hope of getting them all done, but I will complete several of them (the list as at the link).
For the current year, I tried, as usual, to come up with goals that were:
•Attainable.
•That I care about. That doesn’t mean they’re important——I couldn’t come up with 101 important goals if I tried——but little stuff, such as learning to cook waffles (we got a waffle iron for a wedding gift and my first attempt didn’t go well).
•Measurable. Though I have some that aren’t——I can’t think of a really good metric for “don’t waste writing time on the Internet” but it’s important enough to be worth listing.
My writing goals for the next 1,001 days——through Sept. 28, 2014——are as follows (and these are on top of the goals in my current plan, which ends in September 2013).
•Finish my novel Good Morning Starshine.
•Finish the short story Seven for a Secret.
•Rework any old, unsold stories (“trunk” stories as they’re called in the trade) that need rewriting (some don’t, despite the failure to sell).
•Write a sequel to something I’ve written.
•Write a second sequel. I’ve got a lot of stories that could result in sequels, so why not?
•Finish all eleven top-priority short stories that I’m working on.
•Finish two B-list stories.
•Review my old novel Questionable Minds and make any fixes. I’ve learned some of my writing weaknesses from the writing group critiques and I want to make sure the novel doesn’t show them before I resubmit.
•Contract for a nonfiction book. Probably another film book, but maybe not.
•Bid 50 times for writing freelance jobs.
•Submit 30 queries to magazines.
•Sell four articles to major magazine markets.
•Have four steady revenue streams, rather than relying on eHow so much.
•Sell at least four pieces of fiction for more than $100 each.
•30 stories for the Raleigh Public Record.
•Join the Science Fiction Writers of America.
•Decide what sort of rewrite I want to do for The Love That Moves the Sun and complete the rewrite.
•Sell one novel.
•Have a workable draft of The Last Bride (working title).
•Make $30,000 in one year.
•Continue freelancing.
•Spend at least two hours a week marketing myself (freelance bids, submitting stories, etc.).
It’s ambitious (and that’s not counting my cooking, travel and other personal goals) but if my reach exceeds my grasp, that just pushes me to reach further.
So wish me luck.

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