Not all of what happened to distract me from my theoretical 'goals' was bad, however. I do have a few potentially really exciting things in the pipeline, career-wise, some of which may be posted here as soon as I get clearance to do so (assuming the project gets the green-light I'm waiting on).
The main thing that distracted me, however, was my final paper for my Fairy Tales class, and that paper almost certainly will be going up here in the next few days. It was nearly 30 pages on the Taxnomic Effect of Corpse Embalming on the Pop Culture Vampire, via its Influence on the New England Vampire Panic (i.e. from about the 18th Century). Seriously. I got to research the pants of that nonsense and then had a captive audience to present my findings to... God, I love Grad School sometimes.
That paper has been fully finished and graded (I aced it), and even though it took an alarming left turn through Irish History research at the last second, it was honestly the most fun I've had writing a paper in a long time. It was the most fun I've had doing straight research since starting a Fic in the Old Guard fandom.
Basically, that means that none of my goals from last month got accomplished. I technically did make it over the 15k line in total word count, but that's not even up to my emergency fallback word goal. This is the first month in 2022 where I didn't make it over the 20k line and I am genuinely disappointed in myself for that.
Still, if the thing I spent time on instead pans out the way I hope it will, I'll be able to get over that disappointment pretty quickly. I'm hoping I'll have an answer on it soon, but it might have to wait for confirmation one way or the other for another month or so...
Which means that I still should put down some goals for June 2022 in writing.
Like my goals for May, I'm being very cautious. All I'm aiming for is 30k, hoping for 40k, with more than half of the word-count leaning towards the creative side of things. (I'd like another query letter to go out, but I need a couple more job apps so as long as I get those, the lack of a query isn't a deal-breaker on calling the month a success.)
We'll just have to see what happens...
GOOD LUCK to all of you in your endeavors!
And, as always, feel free to drop me a line about anything YOU GUYS are working on!