We’re sitting here one month into 2016. Millions of people around the world, potentially billions, have already abandoned their (often overly ambitious) New Year’s resolutions. Many have been derailed but are working hard to make up for lost time. Others have been working at their goals non-stop since the first.
I personally fall into the second camp this year. The nastiest flu I’ve had in many years took out almost two full weeks of writing time. When I did get well enough to do anything my hours were devoted to paid work, but this only made me more determined when I recovered and I’ve gone on to accomplish some pretty great things. I’d like to share them with you and then I’d like you to share your January accomplishments with me, no matter how big or small.
Here’s what I’ve managed to accomplish so far in 2016:
- Finished editing Good Bye — This is a YA fantasy novella that used to be a short story(this happens to me way, way too often). I added a new intro, a small subplot and a LOT of subtext. I’m almost done proofreading it and will be submitting it to the first batch of publishers on my list this weekend.
- Wrote the submission package for Good Bye — It still needs a little tightening, but this is one thing I can check off as accomplished.
- Started writing the sequel to Moonshadow’s Guardian — This is the fantasy novel I’ve already submitted to publishers. Thanks to being sick I have literally only JUST started this on the weekend, but it exists! I’m still working on some aspects of the outline but this story has been trying to tear itself out of me for ages.
- Blogged regularly — I did miss one day thanks to getting the flu at the absolute worst possible moment, but I’ve otherwise been on top of my blog.
- Pitched 20 companies — Most of these were through actual job postings rather than companies I went out of my way to pitch something new to, but it’s still a lot of companies and I have gotten a couple bites
To be honest, I have no idea how I accomplished so much this month. I’ve never edited this much in a single month before, let alone had time to also start writing a new sequel and pitch so many companies. Forces have conspired to give me more writing time than normal, but I’m still astounded by what I’ve gotten done since I recovered.
But enough about me — what have YOU accomplished this January?