January 2, 2015

A Quick Glance Back, While Looking Ahead

USS-Voyager-over-the-Golden-Gate-Bridge2And, once again, it’s a New Year.

Looking Back

Major accomplishments from last year:

  • Increase daily average to write at least 500 words each day (again, not including NaNoWriMo)
    I started out the year strong with this one, but then allowed myself to get distracted with other projects. That’s not to say that the other projects weren’t worthwhile, but I should have stuck to the word count too.
  • Complete and submit at least one novel for publication
    Did not happen. No excuses.
  • Submit at least one blog spot a month for external publication
    Did not happen. No excuses. Well . . . reasons that lead to at least one of my resolutions for 2015.
  • Continue to try to help make other’s dreams come true
    Winner! For reasons of mystery, secrecy, and diplomacy, I won’t elaborate here.
  • Read at least 30 books (and maybe more)
    Winner! 34 books and audiobooks. I was actually a little surprised by this—but pleased!
  • Win NaNoWriMo
    Winner! Although it was a near thing until toward the last few days . . .

Looking Ahead

Major goals for this year:

  • Return to writing at least a daily average of 500 words a day (not including NaNoWriMo)
  • Read at least 36 books (my stretch goal is 50)
  • Win NaNoWriMo (this will be my tenth year participating)
  • Continue to try to help make other’s dreams come true (this could take some interesting turns in 2015)
  • Stop waiting.

We’ll see how I did on December 31st, 2015. Now to “boldly go”!

January 1, 2014

Looking Back, Looking Forward

20070815_timetravelAnd, once again, it’s a New Year.

Looking Back

Major accomplishments from last year:

Looking Ahead

Major goals for this year:

  • Increase daily average to write at least 500 words each day (again, not including NaNoWriMo)
  • Complete and submit at least one novel for publication
  • Submit at least one blog spot a month for external publication
  • Continue to try to help make other’s dreams come true
  • Read at least 30 books (and maybe more)
  • Win NaNoWriMo

That’s it for now. We’ll see how I did on December 31st, 2014!

April 1, 2012

The Long Tale of a Short Story

bbbI’m pleased to announce that I have finally completed the third re-write of my short story “Building Baby Brother”. I’m calling it “draft 2.0”, because I never liked the second version of it.

It’s been a longer journey than expected to get it completed. If you’re at all interested, you can follow some of the key blog posts here:

Much of that is, I suspect, procrastination on my part. I needed to put some pretty heavy baggage aside in order to resolve a few of the character and plot issues. I think I finally managed to accomplish that to both my satisfaction and to those who have read it in the past.

(And, no, for those of you who might have been following the progress of this story over the years, this is not an April Fool’s Day joke!)

On to the next one . . .

February 19, 2012

New Year’s Resolutions: 2012 – “A” is for Act

Act

act

noun ˈakt

  1.  
    1. : the doing of a thing : deed
    2. : something done voluntarily
  2. : a state of real existence rather than possibility
  3. : the process of doing : action <caught the in act>
February 5, 2012

New Year’s Resolutions: 2012 – “R” is for Realistic

Realistic

re·al·is·tic

adj /ree-uh-lis-tik/

interested in, concerned with, or based on what is real or practical: a realistic estimate of costs; a realistic planner.

January 29, 2012

New Year’s Resolutions: 2012 – “U” is for Uncompromising

Uncompromising

un·com·pro·mis·ing

adj /ˌənˈkämprəˌmīziNG/

not making or accepting a compromise : making no concessions : inflexible, unyielding

January 22, 2012

New Year’s Resolutions: 2012 – “O” is for Optimistic

Optimistic

op·ti·mis·tic

adj /ˌäptəˈmistik/

  1. Hopeful and confident about the future.
  2. Involving an overestimate: "previous estimates may be wildly optimistic".

I’m thinking more along the lines of definition 1.

January 14, 2012

New Year’s Resolutions: 2012 – “C” is for Confident

Confidentcon·fi·dent

adj ˈkän-fə-dənt, -ˌdent

  1. full of conviction : certain <confident of success> <confident that conditions will improve>
  2. having or showing assurance and self-reliance <a confident young businessman> <a confident manner>

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