We’ve reached the halfway point of 2012, so it’s time to check in on my annual goals. I had a very successful first quarter, and while it may not have always felt as successful, my second quarter also shaped up to be a pretty good one. With only half the year gone, I’ve actually met one of my annual goals (yeah!), and I’m on pace to reach the others. Here’s how I’ve done on my five goals for 2012:
- Write and/or edit at least 700 words per day: I wrote or edited 72,052 words this quarter, which averages to 792 words per day. For the years I have now written or edited 144,295 words which puts me on pace for 317,112 words (including NaNoWriMo), which is well above my end-of-the-year target.
- Complete NaNoWriMo (50,000 words in November): This goal can’t be completed until November.
- Finish at least twelve short stories: I completed three short stories in Q2, which puts me at seven completed stories for 2012. That’s just over half of my end-of-the-year target. While I’m on still pace, I’m disappointed I didn’t get more stories completed and out the door this quarter. I have numerous drafts that have lingered for several months on my desk, which is unacceptable.
- Make at least 60 story submissions or five sales: I made only 14 story submissions this quarter. My pace has slowed considerably, but I’m still on pace to make 70 submissions this year. My slower pace of submissions is directly related to fact that I’ve sold so many stories in the first half of 2012 (yeah!). This quarter, I sold five more stories, with one of those, “Dreams in Dust,” to a SFWA-qualifying market (Lightspeed Magazine). I’ve made nine sales in the first half of 2012, almost doubling my annual target.
- Revise and submit my draft novel: While I have not started revising my novel, I did begin to summarize and write a logline for it. I see this as the first step to my revision, but I’m a little disappointed I haven’t started the actual “hard” work yet.
Compared to the first quarter, I found the second quarter more of a struggle. It was a challenge to complete stories, and many of the first drafts I did complete, were not particularly polished and still need a lot of work before they will be ready for submission. That said, I still managed to stay on pace to reach my goals for 2012 and actually already met the most significant one: sales. If I can re-find that Q1 groove while keeping my Q2 success rate, then Q3 could also be a good one.