"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen


Hope You're Not Sick of Goals Yet

I KNOW I just posted - and discussed - my goals for 2011 but that doesn't mean I don't have short-term goals as well. And since I set goals in December, I figure I might as well report on how I did, and tell you what my January ones are.

As usual - here are the goals I set for December:
  1.  Keep up with fixes on my Ailing Body, Nourished Soul edit, with the hope of having it ready to submit to the agent's assistant as soon as humanly possible
  2. Submit the first 25 pages of Handmaiden to a Princess to the Great Expectations contest.
  3. Add 5,000 words to Handmaiden to a Princess
  4. Three blog posts minimum a week
  5. Enter the FaithWriters' Writing Challenge in December
I am pleased to announce that I accomplished all but ONE of these goals. Still waiting on my final FINAL edit for Ailing Body, Nourished Soul, but I have it on good authority this COULD be the week I either get it back or have HUGE progress. I also submitted to Great Expectations, entered the Challenge (gasp!), and blogged about four times a week on average. As far as words? Well, I'm gonna be honest. I wrote EIGHTY FOUR. Better than nothing (but not by much, eh?? LOL)

ANYhow - on to the new month - okay??

My goals for January 2011

1. Keep up on Ailing Body, Nourished Soul and if at all possible, get it to the agent's assistant
2. Either enter, or be prepared to enter, the ACFW Genesis contest with Handmaiden to a Princess (deadline is in March)
3. Three blog posts minimum a week
4. Write 5k more in Handmaiden to a Princess
5. Enter an idea or two in the Peculiar People Orphan Plane project (I highlighted this project a couple of months ago here

So there ya go :) I'll also be reporting briefly on any progress I've made on my 2011 goals, but since I just made them two days ago, there's nothing to report yet. Tomorrow IS my  technology fast day for the month, though. We'll see how it goes!

Thanks for reading, and blessings to you!

Paving Rough Roads With God's Presence


  1. I love that you wrote a total of 84 words - hilarious!! (and still 84 words closer than before, right?)

  2. You go, JoDear! I love watching you make procgress! Hugs!

  3. Sending you cheers Joanne!

  4. Does it count toward my word count if my comment to you is 84 words? Huh? Well, I am SO proud of you and giving glory to God for all that He is accomplishing in and through you. I'm cheering you on!

  5. I love how you do your goals monthly and most of them are writing :) It makes my heart happy!

    I read the Seekerville blog every day and hear about the Genesis contest often...Good Luck!


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