It's that time again: a new month, new #InkRipples, the last one for 2017. #InkRipples is a monthly meme created by Kai Strand, Mary Waibel, and Katie L. Carroll. The idea of #IkRipples is to toss a word, idea, image, whatever into the Inkwell and see what kind of ripples it makes. I joined them, and it's really fun. You can spread your own ripples by blogging about the topic any day of the month that fits your schedule, just be sure to link back to Kai, Mary, and Katie. Or you can share your thoughts on social media using the hashtag #InkRipples.
And now, the topic for December is GOALS. I think they must have read my mind when they chose this topic. For the past few weeks I've been floundering between which stories I want to work on. I want to write them all at the same time, but that's impossible. So, I'm going to follow today's #InkRipples and set my goals for 2018. And I'm going to stick with them. Yes, I am. Goals are no good if you ignore them, right? So, here goes.
First goal: I will finish this revision of my YA contemporary novel, WHEN THE MUSIC STOPPED, title subject to change, by the end of December. Read again in Jan. or Feb., and maybe submit in March or April, depending on changes, corrections, that are needed.
Second goal: Finish rough draft of another YA contemporary/fantasy novel. (Is an angel considered fantasy?) I'm doing a lot of research on this one because it involves bullying and a boy with dyslexia. Hope to finish by summer and submit.
Third goal: Typing and revising a couple of YA stories that I have my rights back to. Not sure what I'll do with them or when.
Fourth goal: Tagline, Logline, Blurb, Characters of a MG story idea. I'll be researching tadpoles. Does that sound interesting? Goal is springtime.
Fifth goal: Look at a couple of stories I started a long time ago, one a YA historical, the other a MG ghost story, and just put them aside. I may resurrect them, or not.
As you can see, I've wasted a lot of this year being undecided. My goals for 2018 are to finish at least two of these, and maybe three.
But first, I think I'll follow Patches' example. Naps are soooo good.
Have you set goals for the new year? That's just the first step. The hardest part, at least for me, is keeping those goals. I'm going to write the results in a notebook and see how I do.