Friday, December 30, 2011

She Shoots...She Scores! Goooooaaaaaallll!

Wishin' and hopin' and dreamin'...are all good things, but I need something concrete and apparently with an end date attached, and schedules maintained and some kind of measurable GOAL.

Yes, it's that time again, the start of a new round of words in 80 days -- ROW80! Click on the pretty ROW80 pic at top of page and you can find out all you want to know about this fabulous group.

It always feels so good to start fresh, cleansed of all my writerly sins, like: sloth and...sloth.
So this round I'm setting my goals a little differently. Stop your snickering, I am.

Working on two (2, count 'em) manuscripts. The first one is a complete -- ahem -- YA paranormal, BETWIXT, that needs a complete re-write. The other, my YA paranormal historical steampunkish...thing, GODDESS IN THE MECHANICA -- this one still needs some brainstorming and outlining and, you know, the writing of the frakish thing. Parts are written, I just need to understand more of it.

Sundays   Anything goes -- if I get stuff done, it's a bonus.
Mondays 8 a.m. edit BETWIXT for 1 hour.
Mondays 9 a.m. brainstorm/outline GODDESS for 1 hour
Tuesdays Lunch break toss-up: either edit or write
Wednesdays Lunch break catch-up on other ROW80ers
Thursdays 8 a.m. edit BETWIXT for 1 hour
Fridays (every other) 9 a.m. brainstorm/outline GODDESS for 1 hour
Saturdays  Anything goes...

Also, weekly:
Ride stationary bike 3x
Write one blog post beside ROW80 posts
Write one blog post for new venture w/ mom and sister: Those Kennedy Women!

I have never been this specific before...let's hope it works for me!
What's gonna work for you this go a round?


  1. Good luck with your goals, my dear! I can't wait to find out more about your new blog!

    I think it's a lot better having a set plan. There's no room for excuses that way!

    Let me know if you need help with anything, especially revisions. I'm your girl!

    Happy new year!

  2. Hello you! I will ask for help, I think. My mom always says, "Amy, ask for help!" See, I should listen to my mother. I have to, not only edit, but write a LOT of new stuff to make it work. Thank you for wanting to help.

    Happy New Year to you!

  3. I love the specificity and the knowledge you do have space and time to do this. Brava! You are an inspiration! I am now cheerfully looking forward to getting home and getting real with my goals. Thank you!

  4. Julie, thanks for stopping by! I know, I always thought I did better flying by the seat o' my pants, but specificity (now a favorite word) makes me accountable. I realize now, if I wasn't specific I wasn't accountable. Hmmm, I like that -- I may use it.

  5. Shoot for the stars, Amy! Those specific goals are going to help you reach farther! Good luck!

  6. go girl go - anything is possible its the beginning of brand new sparkly year:)
    all the best for coming week

  7. Yay! Hi Marji! I really think you are right (I've had to adjust this a.m.) they'll work for me.

    Alberta, ha! Love it, and thanks for stopping by.

  8. I'm looking forward to you saying the same thing at the end of the round! 2 manuscripts and lots of goals- You go girl! Good luck :)

  9. I'm also trying to learn the art of juggling multiple projects. Good luck sticking to your schedule!

  10. Goddess in the Mechanica. I love that title! I'm glad you decided rock it this round. It wouldn't be the same without you. Good luck with it all. Will be here cheering you on.

  11. Good luck with those, Amy! My goals are all about finding an agent and writing my next book.

    Happy New Year!

  12. Good luck with your Goals, Amy! My goals are also focused on finishing a novel. Happy New Year!

  13. Good luck on reaching your goals! :)

  14. I got super specific with my goals too, Amy. Glad I am not alone! I even went so far as to have three levels of quarterly goals (for a group I am in), my ROW80 overall round goals, and then individual weekly goals to reach those overall goals! It probably seems micromanaged, but I think it will really help me focus. Good luck with this round!

  15. Ryan, I promise not to whimp out this round -- no sad boo-hooing or whiny faces. I'm all in! Glad you're in it too!

    fakesteph -- yikes on multiple projects, yet I think my brain has a titch of ADD and this me writing/creating. Thanks for stopping by!

  16. {{{Yolanda}}} hello darling! Awww, thank you -- but really I'm glad YOU'RE here!

    I'm a freak about titles, probably should have been ion advertising, or, you know, book naming -- I love coming up with titles. Hate working on a project that doesn't have a title.

    We'll cheer each other on!

  17. Nancy, my what marvelous goals -- exciting! Don't you love the start of a new book?

    Hey Jarod, thanks for stopping by -- good luck with your goals!

    Thanks julihoffman, and thanks for stopping by!

  18. Jess -- I absolutely agree. If you have to micromanage to get the job done, than so be it. Who cares? It's all about what works for you. Good luck on the three tiers!

  19. Hi Amy! I'm new to ROW80 - you're goals are great! Good luck!

  20. I like it and I'm excited to do ROW80 with you! It's my first time!

  21. Specificity helps me too! I think your goals are right on target. Best of luck!! I look forward to reading about your progress.


  22. Hey Mindy and Lori, thanks for stopping by -- I love "new to ROW-ers --I think you"ll love it, the community, the check-ins, the accountability --it all adds to your real life achievements. Best of luck to both of you!

  23. Gina -- I know, right. I always think I'm so free wheeling, when in reality, I need my little ducklings all in a row -- oh, hahaha, I didn't mean to make a pun! Good luck, and thanks for stopping by.

  24. I believe you have a good thing going! I'm anxious to keep up with your progress and look forward to interacting with you and the other ROW80ers! Cheers to 2012 and very measurable goals in writing! ;)

  25. Looks good. Just recently read a steampunk story and now want to read more. Envy those with that type of imagination. Have fun and look forward to hearing more.

  26. Related, thanks for stopping by, I think this is going to be a productive year, for all of us, best of luck!

    Hey Robin! I'm certainly no Gail Carrager (I know I've spelled that wrong...) but don't envy it -- appreciate it! That's part of why I love ROW so much, such a diverse group of writers, with all kinds of talent and we can learn from each other. best of luck this round!

  27. Very detailed goals! I like it ;)
    Good luck!

    Btw, just added you on twitter!

  28. Oh, I love the title of the steampunk, Amy! Makes me horribly envious I didn't come up with it. *g*

    Yeah, realistic goals! Good luck with them and have a great week. :)

  29. Hey cool Juliana -- I'll get on there and follow you back!
    Ruth -- you are a stinker! You made me laugh...thanks for stopping by!