My initial goals for Round 4:
- Complete revisions, beta and publish Vessel, the second novella in my Children of the Sidhe paranormal romance series. I'd like to publish before Thanksgiving.
- Finish the first draft of the urban fantasy Queen of Peace, with another 20-25k.
- Write the first draft of the third Children of the Sidhe novella, which will probably take about 25-30k.
Those goals were ambitious with my current family and work commitments, to put it mildly. With two kids under three, and a day job, writing is something I fit in through a sheer act of will. But I can't ignore my kids or my job, so there you go. I actually regretted the word count I'd set as a goal from the instant I posted my goals. That was not a good sign, so after a week or two I decided to scrap the third goal to take the pressure off a little. That was a good thing, because I just finished my draft of Queen Witch (title change!) this week. I added about 25,000 to it this Round, but it took a couple of odd directions these last couple of weeks, and I need some space from it at this point. I'm calling the first draft done, and I'll revisit it in 2012, after I write my next novella. I published Vessel the Saturday after Thanksgiving. I didn't realize I'd come that close to my initial goal, so I'm pleased with that! I'm actually pleased all around. I've accomplished a lot this year, and set myself up for success in 2012.
How about you? Have you met your goals for this ROW80 round, or this year?
Now I'll take a ten day break before Round 1 of 2012 starts on January 3rd. Wishing all my writing and blogging buddies holidays filled with peace and joy!