You may recall that some time ago I set some yearly goals. Now that year is winding down rapidly, and I owe you an update on the things I’ve accomplished — or failed to accomplish as the case mostly is. I had 7 goals, and while the original blog post spread them over 3 different sections of the year, they came out in reality all out of order. So I’ll address them here in no particular order.
- Revisit Neville, my NaNoWriMo project from last year
This one actually happened. It got a proper name, The Man Out of Time, and was largely rewritten to be much better than the original. I guess I can give myself a pat on the back from that.
- See one thing completely new
I nailed this one. I stayed in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee, doing a little bit of sightseeing and a little bit of hiking with my wife and her family. I also visited a number of state parks in Indiana. In a week I’ll be down in Texas for Christmas.
- Submit 6 pieces of writing to publishers or agents
I came pretty close here. I’ve sent off 5 times this year and heard back 4 times. The fact that I didn’t write about those hear backs earlier should inform you that they weren’t particularly positive.
- Put 6,000 miles on someone’s car
So there was no big road-trip this year. Marissa opted out. I did however put 15,000 miles on my car, way over the 10,000 miles I put on last year. I’m going to count this as a success.
- Revisit Roadstory while actually on the road
I wasn’t on the road this year, so Roadstory didn’t get revisited. I did send it to some people, but this falls solidly in the failure category.
- Finish SwordGirl
Big failure here. I discovered a problem with the collision boxes that could only be rectified by returning to the artist. Unfortunately he is busy doing awesome work elsewhere, so for now I’ve dropped the project. I hope to get back to it one day.
- Take up a new hobby
This one I did! I’ll tell you about it in another post.
So I completed 5 of 7 yearly tasks, which is pretty good. Not great though. I did start on the creative project I casually mentioned earlier. I’ll dig into it in detail later, but I have a good friend working with me and it’s looking awesome already.