June is the halfway point, meaning it’s time to look at my goals for 2011, check my progress and reevaluate if necessary.† Failure is for quitters.
Goal 1: I will finish two of my manuscripts and begin seriously seeking publication.
Sadly, I have not finished anything except plenty of blog posts, and even started plotting a new story.† Neither of those two activities has put me in the zone to finish anything.† I did enter a writing contest, but did not place.† So instead of finishing two, I am going to push myself to finish one.† Feel free to send me encouraging messages.
Goal 2: I will read the six books that have been sitting on my night stand taunting me.
I finally got a really nice bookcase for my library, and moved all the books to the library.† Now that they are not taunting me, I did finish reading one, and have begun another.† That leaves me five to go.† I wonít cut any from my list just yet.† Perhaps if I make a point to read for at least 30 minutes each day Iíll get through them and have time for some others before the year is out.
Goal 3: I will write something every day regardless of whether it is for work or a personal project.
This one has proven no difficulty what so ever.† However, I have to admit to counting the writing of grocery lists and writing letters to friends as part of that writing each day. †Since Iíll be more aware of my first goal to finish one of my manuscripts Iíll be pushing myself to write more substantially each day.
Goal 4: I will deliver the killing blow to some creature in a D&D game.
I can say with all due satisfaction that using a flaming sphere my character killed a diseased troglodyte.† Since then, however, my kills have been zero.† Being a split class character has serious draw backs in the powerful spell department, and the beasties weíve been facing have been getting more and more difficult to beat.† At this point my character is more likely to go insane than kill anything single handedly.
Goal 5: I will try at least five new blends of coffee while out with a friend.
So far I have had a caramel macchiato, a chai latte, a marble macchiato, and a white chocolate mocha.† I have plans to meet a friend for coffee this Wednesday.† I think that will take care of that.† Iíll still try at least one new blend beyond that should any strike my fancy, but there wonít be any pressure to do so.
Goal 6: I will take at least one kid free mini-vacation.
As I wrote about my trip to WordCamp last month, and it was technically an overnight with my husband, kid free, Iím counting that.† Now if I can get in one night with my gal pals, which just may be in the works, Iíll count that as a double success.
All in all Iíd say Iím pretty much on track.† The important thing when making goals is to revisit them and reevaluate as you go, otherwise they are worthless.† How are you doing with your 2011 goals?† Itís not too late to make a few.† What are you working on, or what are you planning to work on before the year it out?
*Photo: Pen and ink by Cast a Line, obtained through Flickr.