How I did with My 2014 Goals

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014.

Did you meet all your goals for 2014? I know I didn’t. But I also know that I accomplished some things that needed to get done, so I am not real disappointed.

Here is what I said I was going to do, and (in red) what I actually did:

Writing Goals

  1. Perform 1 last edit on the first book of short stories. I hate apostrophes! I am mostly done with this 🙂
  2. Come up with a marketing/promotional plan for the first book of short stories. With a lot more studying, I have come up with some great ideas for marketing and promoting the stories.
  3. Research self-publishing, because this is the route I will most likely take for my first book of short stories. Would have liked to have gotten further with this, but I am pleased with what I have learned thus far.
  4. Make a decision whether or not I will publish the book as it is, or split it up into serials. Serials seem to be doing well on If I choose the Kindle route, this is a desirable method of publishing. I have decided to split them up. Serials seem to be the way to go.
  5. Organize all my information for publishing/marketing/promoting this first book. I bought an organizer, and am trying to complete these steps in some sort of logical order. Plus, I can keep track of what works for the next book of short stories. Planning to buy another of these organizers because they hold so much. Great value. And it keeps everything together.
  6. Continue to work on my second, third and fourth books of short stories, as I come up with new stories. Didn’t get as far on these as I would have liked, but it was due to preparing the first book/stories.
  7. Continue to build up my channels by adding more content and promoting each article. They are all geared toward helping others: Bangor Single Mom, Bangor Easy Meals, Bangor Frugal Living. Yes.
  8. Continue to update all blogs and add content to them regularly: Frugal Recipes , How to Live the Freelance Life, The Fitness Journal, and Living the Low-Income Life. Yes.
  9. Continue to build the writing business. Yes.
  10. Update my eBooks, eCourses and Special Reports here on the blog. Did not seem to have time for this.
  11. Create a new challenge for this blog. Did not seem to have time for this.
  12. Create a new product for this blog. Not exactly sure what yet. Did not seem to have time for this.

What else did I accomplish this year?

  1. I got my files organized, disposing of what was not necessary to
    Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014.

    Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014.


  2. I organized my office supplies.
  3. I came up with some great story ideas, and cannot wait to have the opportunity to write them.
  4. I finished the NaNoWriMo challenge, allowing me to add to Tales of Magick.
  5. I Accomplished much from my notes in my idea notebook, which concentrates on marketing and promotion stuff for the most part, but also social media and other aspects of the freelance life. It doesPhotograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014. not include story and article notes/ideas, however.
  6. I organized my email mess.
  7. The purchase of a tablet is making it easier for me to accomplish tasks while away from home.

I’d say I accomplished a lot regardless. And I am happy with my progress.

Reexamine the goals you made for 2014. What did you actually accomplish in 2014? Are you happy with your accomplishments? If yes, why? If not, why not?

Shannon L. Buck

About Shannon L. Buck

Hello. My name is Shannon, and I'm a single mother of two young adult daughters, and Memay to one precious Little Man. I work as a writer from my home in Orono, Maine, and as a Front Desk Agent at an inn. Writing is my life, second only to my daughters. I enjoy writing nonfiction, as well as fiction in a number of genres. At some point, I would like to travel. It would be a true writing adventure.