Here we are. The steps I can control toward reaching goals I can't. This feels like a lot? These goals are on top of my already established commitments like the poetry postcards, the 300 Story Project, and so on. I think I might need to add "less Twitter" to actually achieve these steps!
These are in order of most important to me right now to least, and all writing-related. My personal goals would bore you - things like arm exercises and budgets. :)
1. Qualify for SFWA
write 30 high-quality stories -
keep an ideas notebook
butt-in-chair every morning (how can I hold myself accountable here?)
focus on anthology calls
be bold, be weird, take risks -
keep an observation journal
keep a reading journal
write crap, edit later
resubmit every rejection -
maintain process of index cards & Duotrope
do more simultaneous subs
2. Publish a third chapbook by my birthday
Erasure poem collection -
Best lighting: experiment & practice
All public domain pages
finish all poems and art by June 15th
plan layout by July 1st
get help with layout at the start to avoid frustration later
talk to local printer about cost with images/art
3. Increase my Etsy shop inventory
revise all past tinybooks into new template
print & assemble
devise a way to ship multiples
Illustrated short stories -
page by page change to illustrated image
test different cover and assembly options
design interesting packaging
See number 2.
4. Language of the Spirit - make a decision by Aug 1st.
Examine and dialogue about roadblocks.
Set a deadline.
Establish a routine.
Accountability in some form, whether tweets or posts or stickers or ice cream.
Don't dwell on outcome. Focus on process.
No Revision -
Now what? Do I write the next book?
Do I self-publish?
Do I give up on the agent goal for now?
What does that mean for my convention panels?
For my self-image?
Journal. Listen. Share.