A Look Back at 2016

Last year, I posted a list of my goals for 2016. Let’s take a look and see how I did. (As I’m typing, I have not read these yet, so this could get interesting.

1. I will write two new manuscripts (at least).

I did this one! SWEET REALITY was written in its entirety in 2016. I also finished the rough draft of the untitled third book in the Reality Star series, started an unrelated romantic comedy, and worked on a third manuscript. 

2. Finish reading through the manuscript I finished in September to see what work it needs and make a plan for revision. Accept help from my amazing critique partner instead of insisting that I need to do everything all myself – especially when I’m stumped. 

Honestly, I’m not positive which manuscript this is talking about. What did I finish last September? If it’s the one I’m thinking of, I put a lot of work into it, and it’s ready for my agent to read. 

3. Read and review my Netgalley books before asking for more. No more than 3 unreviewed books at once from now on.

hahahahahaha. Nope. I’m pretty sure I’ve got 9 Netgalley books on my Kindle right now, waiting for me to read. 

4. My Goodreads challenge last year was 30 books, and I finished in August, so I may need to step up that game a bit this year. (Note: This does not count the 70 or so manuscripts I read for my internship, critique partners, paid critiques, etc.) Sure, I have a lot going on, but I suspect I can read at least 35-40 books.

I read 51 books last year, not including manuscripts for contests or my internship, which ended mid-year. 

5. Tendonitis sucks. I will not re-injure my bad shoulder doing stupid things and will rest when needed. 

I’m doing OK on this. More stretching, more working out, better set-up for my desk all help.6. Last year was awesome, but I really can’t participate in every writing contest. When contests happen at the same time, I will pick one.

So, what I actually did was schedule contests so they didn’t overlap. Which means I still did all the ones I was doing before.

7. There are many important people in my life, scattered around the world. But there are also many important people at home. It’s time to find more of a balance between my social life and social media.

Still working on this. Part of marketing is being online and connecting with people, and I have this need to feel like I’m accomplishing things, so it’s tough sometimes to put the computer away and engage the people around me. But I’m doing better. More nights out with my husband, more game nights with friends.

8. Instead of looking at how far I have to go, I’ll stop to appreciate how much I’ve already accomplished.

Two months after I wrote this, I got an offer of publication. It is easier for me now to appreciate how far I’ve come than it was at the beginning of 2016. But I am going to try to keep this going through the New Year.
What about you? What did you accomplish in 2016?

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