2020 was a literal disaster, and involved a significant number of personal setbacks, but I still managed to accomplish things on a personal level.
2021 was basically abject failure on a majority of counts and it was so particularly awful that I can own up to that without embarrassment or shame or anything but weariness.
Here's my 2021 summary report:
Okay, so the first half of the year wasn't awful exactly, but it did start out with a failure, even if it was a predicted one. I've never been able to write anything with a particular holiday theme, though I keep getting an urge to try. And since it was only a slight distraction from continuing to draft AG4, I didn't see it as any kind of portent of doom.
However... following that small, reasonable and predicted failure...
I proceeded to not finish anything...
And everything after July is just an aberration of personal collapse.
I DID get 3 months with over 75k written, and 6 months with over 50k, so I do count the first half of the year as not-horrifically offensive, even if I didn't managed to get anything wrapped up. Progress isn't only measured in finished projects, after all, it IS really more of a trend-line trajectory than any kind of destination, so I didn't get much finished but I still got stuff done. If I hadn't collapsed into a black hole of awful, I'd probably be able to count that a win and even with my backslide, I'm still walking away from a year where I do have something worthwhile to show for my labors.
Here's the breakdown of how focused I stayed each month:
Again, the first half of the year was honestly solid.
I managed 6 months in which I got over 40k drafted in a single project. That's not as good as I managed in 2020, but it's still nothing to sniff at. I totally would've been able to just call it a solid try and leave it there if not for the disaster of Aug-Dec...
Not bad at all, to be unbiased about it. I'm still leaning towards being harsh on myself because until August, I was on a trajectory to hit near a million words, and I'm still not entirely out of my slump (so the weight on self-criticism is overdrawn), but I'm forcing myself to focus on the bright side:
I DID actually accomplish the official goal.
Which isn't something I can say about any of the other goals I set for 2021...
2021 Accomplishments vs Goals:
- Finished drafting (if not posting) Multiverse Mishap, both the BatFam Version and the SPN Version. I should be able to finish posting both stories by mid-February.
Which isn't a great showing for 2021, but it's a better result than could have happened. It sets up 2022 for a reasonably auspicious start and I'm gonna run hard with that lead...
Goals for 2022:
- Land Publishing Agent Contract.
- Query at least 12 Literary Agents.
- Finish Drafting Assassin's Game Book 4.
- Draft & Post 1 New Fanfic over 50k.
- Draft 2 additional New Fanfics over 30k.
- Draft 1 New Original Fic over 50k.
- Finish 2 more Semesters with 4.0 GPA.
- Experiment with vlog, podcast, tiktok, etc... expand to more dynamic review platform in some moderately measurable ways.
- Gain a following of 30 more Patrons.
- Acquire more appropriate employment.
- ReDraft Duchess & the Dragon or Wirewolves... ? (Bonus Goal?)
It's another rehash of 2020, more or less.
I've culled a couple projects, moved one to being on the table just for bonus points, and added one more about expansion potential that I've been thinking about for a long time.
We'll see what happens. I'm putting a lot of faith in the concept of new beginnings (even ones that aren't what I might've otherwise wanted) pushing hard on the motivation to make other changes too.
Here's to a fantastic slice of potential!
GOOD LUCK, MY LOVELIES!!!