Review: 2012 Goals

The Oxford Book of English Short Stories

The Oxford Book of English Short Stories (Photo credit: dalcrose)


I may have previously mentioned that I do not make New Year’s resolutions. I make goals. I stick with things better if I deem them as goals.


My January 1, 2012 review and goal setting session led me to create the following goals. I did not meet them all, but I am pleased with what I have accomplished.


Goal 1: Finish edits on my first book of short stories and start the publishing process. 


I did another edit on the book, but I still need to edit for apostrophes. Have I ever mentioned that I hate apostrophes? No? Well, I do!


I have not even begun the publishing process.


Goal 2: Come up with a marketing/promotional plan for the first book of short stories.


Mainly, I have discussed the book with a few people and created a blog for it. I have a long way to go.


Goal 3: Learn more about the marketing/promotional process.


I can not very well make a plan if I do not even know the basics of marketing, I spent some of 2012 learning marketing techniques, but have only done a few things to market the upcoming book.


Goal 4: Complete the first draft of a second book of short stories.


I wrote most of the book during NaNoWrMo!! Still have a ways to go.


Goal 5: Work on ideas for a third book of short stories.


I have been working on this minimally. I do plan for this to be the manuscript I work on during NaNoWriMo this year, so I will be working on this goal more in the coming months.


Goal 6: Build up my channels by adding more content and promoting each. They are all geared toward helping others: Bangor Single Mom, Bangor Easy Meals, Bangor Frugal Living.


I worked on this some.


Goal 7: Continue to update all blogs and add content to them regularly: Frugal Recipes, , How to Live the Freelance Life, The Fitness Journal. Living the Low-Income Life


I could have done more with these, but I did manage to get out a couple good challenges. I also wrote other posts for the blogs.


Goal 8: Continue to build the writing business. 


Things did not progress as much as I would have liked. I did well in a few areas, but my income was drastically lower. I need better work/writing/life balance.


As you can see, I did better in some areas than in others. Overall,  I am not entirely unhappy with how things have gone. For example:


  • I have learned a lot about marketing.
  • I am almost done editing my first book of short stories!
  • I finished the NaNoWriMo Challenge.
  • And I did earn some extra money from the writing efforts that were put forth.


Not too bad.


Have you reviewed your goals from 2012? What did you accomplish? What do you still have to work on?


Shannon L. Buck




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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.