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Goals Past and Present

Today I’m being interviewed on Cynthia Woolf’s blog HERE and giving away an e-copy of Little Red Riding Wolf. Hop on over and say hi!

Goals: Moonday Mania Style

a blog for the goal setter in all of us

Last year I took a fantastic course taught by Bob Mayer called Write it Forward. I looked over my writing goals and dreams and decided what I wanted in life and how to get it. I set goals. Tough goals that I thought I could do but would be a challenge. While I was in the class my life became, let’s just say, a more of a challenge then I expected. My mother went into the hospital for a week. The same week my edits began coming in from my editor. I struggled.

I kept up with class, did my edits, drove back and forth to the hospital. But I didn’t write much of anything new, nor did I get my editing goals done for the work I already had written. And I kind of felt like my whole year went like that, dissolved in a sea of demands. Family demands, working out demands, working a day job demands.


Here are last years goals. Considering some of the ups and downs in my life during 2012, I actually feel pretty good about what I accomplished.

Jessica Aspen Goals for 2012

  1. Polish and submit TQH , (January) continue to submit as needed Done, this took months, but I have re-edited this book and it is in submission currently. YAY!
  2. Polish and submit BW This year, for sure!
  3. Outline and write  DW second novel in BW series-possible #BIAY See above.
  4. Add BIAY page to my website and update monthly Done, then I re-vamped my website and took it down.
  5. Polish and submit DW If I didn’t write it I sure didn’t polish and submit it!
  6. Re-vamp novella-Rogue Enforcer, and publish On my list for this year! WOOT!
  7. Outline and write GB (new novella) (February) Changed this to Snow and the Seventh Wolf at Editors reguest. Done
  8. Polish and submit GB Done (Snow & 7th Wolf)
  9. Start thinking about 3rd book in Enforcer series Not even close.
  10. Outline and write sequal to TQH book (If TQH is accepted, this becomes a priority) Outline done!
  11. Attend Rom con 2012 (already purchased ticket) Done, and it was a blast!
  12. Go to RWA Nationals in July Done! Loved it!
  13. Market all books (Little Red Riding Wolf focus for Jan and Feb) Done
  14. Keep up with personal site and improve it, blog 3 days a week Done, I love my new look, and I love blogging only 2 days a week.
  15. Finish business plan Nope, but I set some business goals. 
  16. Outline a YA and write for NANO (if not working at MP) I didn’t do a YA, but I did outline and write the first draft of my 3rd novella in the Twisted Tales:  Come Into the Woods series, and it will be edited soon. Very soon. Like maybe next week soon? Or this week? Or any day now???
  17. Keep up with PNRF and improve site, blog once per month Done, but PNRF is no more. And I love having the free time!
  18. Take Bob Mayer class and keep up with it (Jan and Feb) Done, great class, see link above. Or buy the book HERE.
  19. Work at applying analytics and website knowledge to sites Yeah… no.
  20. Write five days per week, 3 hours per day (actually I want to have butt in chair for 6 hours per day) This one is complicated. I did sit in the chair and write or edit on the days I wasn’t working. And I got a lot done, but check in next week to see how I want to change this goal and change my overall goals for this year.
  21. Goal is 2k/day, expanding to 3k/day Done, when I am writing, I am WRITING. Love it!
  22. Or edit 15-20 pages per day done
  23. Market 1-2 hours per day done
  24. Increase presence on Goodreads and Google plus done
  25. Think about possibly 2 other classes this year I tried to take an intense Margie Lawson class this year, while working full time and balancing the sandwich generation sit-com that my life has become. I dropped out. I’m sure Margie wonders to this day what happened.
  26. Figure out how to increase presence on reader sites/loops If you figure this on out, let me know.
  27. Work at improving plotting with the intent of speeding up actual writing by an extra 1,000k per day from current speed of 2k per day using Rachel Aaron‘s techniques done
  28. Continue to set and review monthly goals, set daily goals based on monthly goals done
  29. Explore self-publishing a short story I’m taking a self-publishing class in January from Amy Atwell and Kelly finger on Author EMS. Check it out HERE

Flowers for over volunteering!

Whew. It was a big list! And I did get most of it done. TA DA! What is not included on that list is running the last half of our Award of Excellence Contest. Running a Go-Pro group for our local chapter. And being PAL and (somehow at the same time?) Pro Liasion for my local chapter.  Those weren’t really my goals, but they sure did suck up a lot of time. And I won an award for over volunteering! You don’t have to hit me on  the head twice!.

What I didn’t get done was write a full length novel. I did write two 30+ novellas. Snow and the Seventh Wolf, coming out next month, and my Goldilocks story, that I’m still editing. I expect it to be completely finished during the first part of January.

And I wrestled with TQH and really edited the heck out of it!

So it was a productive year. But I’m sad about not writing more. Disappointed.

And that leads to what my post next week will be about. Check back to discover what I loved about 2012, what I learned about myself, and how I want to change my days and goals to fit my overall goals.

How did you do on your goals this year? Did you set goals? Did you make them work?


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JUMP! It’s your life!

Sensational Saturday

a blog for where I’m at today

This has been a crazy month, and I’m nowhere near where I thought I would be on my goals.

One thing that has progressed, whether I’m there or not, is my Write It Forward Class with Bob Mayer. I started the class with the idea that I would figure out a plan for where I should go as an author. What I really wanted was for Bob to hand me a list and a plan and say, “Go get ’em!”

Well, that’s kind of what happened.

Actually, as Bob says, no one can plan your career but you. So my hopes of having a plan are still hanging on me, myself and I.

Not Bob.

And that’s good. Why should I hand my life over to someone else’s check list? Why shouldn’t I decide what should go on the check list?

Turns out what I really needed wasn’t a plan from someone else, it was the “Go get ’em!”

And Bob delivered.

I’ll be going over his lessons many times over the next year as I try to figure out this crazy publishing business and my goals. Do I really want what I think I want? What should I be writing? And is self-publishing a realistic way to go? What about my publisher? What about my next book?

None of it is easy, but I’m the only one who can answer those questions.

Meanwhile, I have to share some Bob-isms. His dry sense of humor is sprinkled throughout the lessons and I now have started keeping a list on the refrigerator to remind me to face my fears and “JUMP!”

“Not taking charge of your career will doom you.”

“Write what you are afraid of.”

“Saying I can’t is really saying I won’t.”

“There is no 99% when jumping out of an airplane.”

These are all from the Write it Forward class, which is also available in book form from Who Dares Wins Publishing.

Are you waiting for someone to help you figure out your career? Who is going to be better at that then you? While you’re waiting for your white knight, how are you spending your time?

Leave a comment, then skip on over to the Paranormal Freebies site HERE to register it with the Rafflecopter widget and get one more entry into my Little Red Riding Wolf Contest, ending soon.

Come into the woods with Little Red Riding Wolf*, a spicy paranormal romance novella available from Passion in Print Press. What if Little Red Riding Hood was a werewolf, and a sexy forest ranger wandered into her woods?

Little Red Riding Wolf by Jessica Aspen
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Fraternizing with humans is taboo, but when feisty werewolf Red runs into hunky new forest ranger Evan Brewster, she jumps on the opportunity to let loose her desires. Evan is stoked when he meets the petite red haired hottie, and combined with his new discovery of wolves in Colorado, thinks his career and life are made. Then Red pushes him away, her hostile brother threatens his life, and things begin to spiral out of control. Caught between her sexy lover and her pack can Red trust Evan with her secrets, or must she sacrifice her human lover and her heart?

*Honorable Mention in Passionate Ink’s 2011 Stroke of Midnight contest


by | February 25, 2012 · 6:00 am