May 11

Writing news + goals check-in

In case you missed it, here’s the stuff I published since my last writing news update:

    I’m Really Bad At Being Wrong, The Frisky, April 27
    Falling, The Nervous Breakdown, April 28

Also, I finally met my memoir in person!  After one minor fix on the cover, it will be available for sale by the end of this week.  Check back here for details.

And those of you who helped me pick a cover, please remember to send me your address so that I can send you a free copy of the my book.  You can email me at angelatungwriter AT gmail DOT com, message me on Facebook, or DM me on Twitter.

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I realized today that I hadn’t done a goals check-in in some time.  Here they were for April and how I did:

  • Blog at least 10 times – CHECK! Actually blogged 11 times.
  • Cardio at least 18 times – INCOMPLETE! Miserably in fact. I only did cardio 8 times this month, a whopping 10 times shy of my goal
  • Core/weight bearing at least 15 times – INCOMPLETE! April was not the month for working out, though I got in 10 rounds of yoga or weights.
  • Memoir: finalize cover art – CHECK!
  • Memoir: convert writing site to focus on memoir – INCOMPLETE! MB was supposed to help me with this, but got sidetracked.  Expect a revamped website in the next few weeks!
  • Memoir: START SELLING – POSTPONED! Getting a copy of my memoir to see in person took much longer than I expected.  Hence, I’ll start selling this week as opposed to my goal, last week.
  • Submit to at least one magazine – CHECK!
  • Submit to at least one contest – INCOMPLETE! Oh well.
  • Post to TNB at least once – CHECK!
  • Go to at least one social activity – CHECK!

I didn’t do too well this month meeting my goals, especially in the workout department (I blame my gym being closed for two weeks for renovations). This month I hope to do better. My other big goals for May include:

  • Start selling memoir
  • Market the shit out of it
  • Submit to at least one NEW magazine (ie, one I’ve not been published in; luckily I’ve many to choose from)
  • Submit to at least one contest
  • Start writing my novel

That’s right, I’m gonna go back to fiction and attempt a novel. Yesterday I jotted down some notes and a very sketchy timeline. Then of course there are my usual monthly goals.

Mar 11

Writing and goals update

In case you missed it, here’s my latest post over at The Nervous Breakdown:

What I Think About When I Should Be Thinking About Nothing During Yoga

If you like it, go make a comment over there.  If you hate it, tell me.  I don’t care, I’m a comment whore!

Now for the monthly goals check-in:

  • Blog at least 8 times – CHECK!
  • Work out at least 12 times – CHECK! The thing is, however, I know I’m not doing enough cardio.  I’ll have to adjust my goals for next month.
  • Get taxes done – CHECK! And I get a nice refund. I thought for sure I’d have to pay since no taxes were taken out of my freelance writing money, but the refund outweighed what I owed.
  • Have annual check-up – Just did this today, technically not February, but who cares. CHECK!
  • Copy edit and enter changes into memoir  – INCOMPLETE! I did finish copyediting it, but will need much of March to enter the changes.
  • Submit to at least one magazine – CHECK!
  • Submit to at least one contest – CHECK! I actually submitted to three.
  • Pitch at least once to a magazine – CHECK!
  • Post to TNB at least once  – CHECK!
  • Go to at least one social activity  – CHECK! Having a drink with co-workers counts right? And actually imbibing alcohol (a hot toddy, which did NOT give me a hangover or headache, though I did get plenty red, as usual).

Two incompletes.  Not bad.

While I’ve been doing well with meeting my writing and TCOB (that’s takin’ care of business, in case you don’t know) goals, I’ve been terrible about my working out enough.  I’ve fallen into the habit of not doing any cardio, except brisk walking, on the weekends, though I manage to do yoga on my own at least once.  It’s mostly because I’d rather hang out with MB than go to the gym.

Going more than twice during the week would be tough since I work three days, and if I were to work out AND make it to work on time, I’d have to get up at five, which I could do when I was going to sleep before 10, but now I stay up later.

Ah well, I’ll have to think of some sort of solution.

Jan 11

Writing news + goals update

In case you missed it, here’s my one publication for the month:

My War With Rats, The Nervous Breakdown, January 20

Plus, some adorable Frisky readers give me some love.  You like me, you really like me!

In terms of this month’s goals, here’s how I fared.

January Goals

  • Submit to at least two contests – CHECK!
  • Copyedit my memoir and enter the changes – INCOMPLETE but in progress
  • Talk to my friend about memoir cover ideas – CHECK! (briefly)
  • Post one piece to TNB – CHECK!
  • Make my annual check-up appointment – POSTPONED due to insurance issues
  • Make whatever phone calls I have to about my health insurance – CHECK! Got my card in the mail late last week, along with my card for dental. Yay, I’m a real person!
  • Print W2 form – CHECK
  • Work out at least three times a week – CHECK! (for the most part)
  • Blog at least twice a week – CHECK!

I was hoping to make my tax appointment before the month was out, but out of the three 1099 forms I need, I’ve only gotten one so far.

And next month’s goals:

February Goals

  • Blog at least 8 times (ie, at least twice a week)
  • Work out at least 12 times (ie, at least three times a week)
  • Get taxes done
  • Have annual check-up
  • Finishing copyediting memoir; enter changes
  • Email friend PDF of memoir plus details re: cover
  • Submit to at least two publications
  • Make at least one pitch – CHECK! (I was inspired and pitched late last week.)
  • Enter at least one contest
  • Post to TNB at least once

I haven’t included some things, which at this point are automatic or have become a habit.

  • Going to yoga. My body craves it so I make sure to go at least once a week.
  • Reading. I’m an addict now and can’t be without a book.  Just a few years ago, I had fallen out of the habit of reading books and had to set up the goal of at least a book a month.  Now it’s no problem.
  • Saving money. I set up an automatic monthly transfer.  It will be a challenge for a little while, but hopefully I won’t be tempted to transfer money back.
  • Being more social. I haven’t included this in my goals but maybe I should.  Something like, “Go to at least one social activity without MB.”  I have an opportunity next week, which I have been waffling on, but if it’s a “goal,” I might just be OCD enough to do it so I can check it off.

Okay, additional February goal:

  • Go to at least one social activity without MB

And yoga doesn’t count.