October: Do you have goals?

I’m on time this month! That counts as a goal met, right? Here’s the summary of the rest.

100 rejections to teach me to keep my head in the game, and not take it so personally:

  • Submissions – 4 poems, 1 flash
  • Rejections – 4
  • Acceptances – 0 (ouch)
  • Still pending – 14 pieces
  • 2016 rejections total – 34

I will add that my Q4 novelette was rejected by Writers of the Future, and I spent the rest of that day crying and miserable. Clearly, I need to keep getting rejected since I still see it as less of a necessary aspect of writing and more of a comment on my abilities and worth.

I did get right back in the game the next day. One day of wallowing is plenty.

Also, my submissions are slowing down as I concentrate on the big goal of finishing Ferals & Blights.

Ferals & Blights progress:

  • Butt in chair days – 20/27 (the month isn’t technically over yet! Look, I did really well on this one!)
  • 1k days – 12 days *sigh*
  • total word count – 41, 983/ 75, 000

I can’t figure out how many chapters were edited, because I added two subplots and moved some chapters around and generally did a bit of organizing and outlining. I rewrote a chapter from a different character’s POV. I do know that I have beautiful notecards in Scrivener outlining the three main characters’ plots and arcs. That feels like a win.

I also met a lot of lovely new writing friends on the Twitter #storydam chat this month to add to the pretty cool ones I knew from before. I’m not doing NaNoWriMo next month because I have a book in progress already. I am going to be doing a daily check-in with some of these new people with the hashtag #NaNoRebels for editing progress rather than word count.

If you’re interested in getting a daily check-in and support, just drop me a line in the comments!

I have a story submitted for critique on critters.org. It’s a Lovecraftian short story I wrote two years ago that I’m trying to get publish ready. I have a market for it, if the critiques make it sounds like I’m not a hack.

I did 2/4 critiques this month to keep my membership active, and to help me be a better writer. I also am spending a lot of time this month learning more about the theories of poetry. I’d like to do better in that area of my writing because it brings me joy and generally makes me feel good.

For my health goals, I think last month’s attempt at 70 miles was wishful (and silly) thinking. More butt in chair days clearly means less miles on the trails.

  • steps – 103,720
  • miles – 46.07 WHAT!?

I actually walked LESS. What is that about? I thought for sure I did better this month. Okay. Next time, right?

November Goals

  1. Butt in chair days – 20/30
  2. 1k days – 15/30 (This one is critical. I have 5 chapters unfinished. I have an ultimate goal of finished word count by Dec 31st, and for the manuscript to be pro edit ready by Feb 1st.)
  3. Miles- 50

Thank you to Misha Gericke and Beth Fred for keeping me on my toes and in the chair with the Big Dreams Blogfest. If you’re interested in participating, all you have to do is have  goal and sign up!

16 thoughts on “October: Do you have goals?

  1. Oh, look. Another rejection in the mailbox. *adds tally mark* That makes 5 for the month. Hey, there’s three more days left in October…maybe I’ll get more. 🙁

  2. Sounds like you did pretty well with your goals this month. I keep saying to myself that I’m going to set goals for each month, but never do. Except for this coming month where I want to complete three short stories during NaNo. I’m not participating in it, but I think it’s a lofty goal to force me to be more assertive with my writing. I do have a couple of accountability partners to keep me on track. If you’re up to it, I wouldn’t mind one more.

    1. I find setting the goals helps me quite a bit with discipline. It’s harder for me to procrastinate if I know I have to show the world (or at least my followers!) how I held up. I’m still learning, though. I tend to make my goals too hard, and then I have to reassess and adjust.
      I have added you to the list! See you Nov 1st!

  3. You seem to be doing pretty well, Julie. As for rejections – they are not reflecting your writing quality. They are reflecting the editors’ personal preferences. I found that once someone published your story, the odds are high they will accept another one too. Like every other art form, writing is subjective. What we are doing when we submit: we’re searching for a fit between our writing and the editors.

    1. Thank you, Olga. I appreciate the words of support and encouragement. I need a matchmaker, apparently. At least for October. I’m hoping for better returns in November, but also trying to use this as practice for the novel. From what I read, going the traditional route can be brutal for rejections.

  4. You sound really busy. And rejections are horrible, aren’t they 🙁
    Good luck with getting your novel finished. Was it the one you did for NaNo last year?
    By the way, I just read one of your previous blog posts and sorry to hear of your medical problems. But, as a fellow walker, I absolutely agree that walking is vital for health AND has the bonus of improving creativity.

    1. Thanks for the good luck, I’ll need it! Nope. Last year was my historical fiction which I ended up shelving for now. It was too much for a first book attempt, I think. Being nearly done with this one, though, has helped me see ways I can go back and finish that one someday.
      Walking has made a huge difference for me, and it’s cheap! lol I agree, I often pound out plot troubles with a long hike.

  5. You’re doing great! I’m also rebelling my NaNo this year, since I’m trying to finish my Book 3 rewrites.

    Best of luck with getting your edits done. 🙂

  6. Ooh, you’re ahead of me in the rejections! I think I need to be a #NaNoRebel too, this year. Got a manuscript with some interest (from agents) that isn’t polished enough to submit yet.

    I am signed up at NaNoWriMo with a possible novel – we’ll see.

    1. Congrats on the agent interest! That’s big! I thought I’d be sad to miss NaNo this year, and while it’s only day one, the support on Twitter is wonderful.

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