Goal Update

Heading into the home stretch for the Fall semester, here’s how my goals stand:

  • I’ve completed my poetry goal for the year, and as long as I don’t forget to do it, I’ll have at least one poem posted to my blog each week. I doubt I’ll make that sort of commitment next year, since I plan to work primarily on fiction until July or August.
  • I finished the first draft of “Surrogate,” a long story (~7000 words) that I’m going to add to the Sci-Fi collection I’m compiling. It brings the current word count for the collection up to about 43,000 words. I want to have at least 75,000 words before I publish it, so I’m at least halfway there. If I add the stories that aren’t science fiction, then I’d be nearer to 50,000 words, but I’m not sure if I’ll be including them. It depends on what happens with the mystery novel / collection. I haven’t done anything with that of late, so it’s still up in the air which way it will go.
  • I haven’t written any more on “Please Don’t Eat the Penguins,” but I may try to tackle it over Thanksgiving break.
  • I haven’t written any more on the Angus sequels, but I’ve jotted down a few more notes and continue to think about it. I may need to reread the series before I get back into writing them, and if I do that, I’ll probably tinker with revising them. If I do, it likely won’t be until after the semester is over.

Overall, I haven’t been very productive with my writing this semester, and I ought to feel guilty about it. But I don’t. I’ve been busy with my day job, and there have been far too many bouts with insomnia for me to feel much guilty about it. (I don’t write well when I’m excessively tired, and that’s how it’s been during the week for most of this semester.) The semester is winding down, though, and once it’s over, writing will become more like my day job than my real one, and then the guilt will likely kick in if I don’t get off my duff and do something about it. 🙂


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