Revisiting New Years Goals

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Today I’m revisiting the goals I’ve made for the year, but looking at them as far as where I am for Quarter 1 (January through March), and a little at what I need to do for Quarter 2.

Goal 1: A blog post every day. Well I quit with that, only following up with an update on the days after I did writing. I’m not far off, but I’m not really writing much other than updates. Maybe I’ll revisit trying to do more in April.

Goal 2: 52 books in a year. This is the tenth week of the year. One of my goals is to have 52 stories for the year (roughly one a week). I’m at 6 completed out of the 10, but only one of them is under the GS Wright name. 😛 Once Hungry Gods 3 and Apocalypse Witch 3 are done, I’m only 2 behind (7 behind with the GS Wright name). 🙂

Goal 3: One Million Words for the year. I’m fairly confident I’m going to succeed at this. Granted, I wasted February. Right now (thank you February) my average daily word count is 2,029. That won’t get me there (that’s only 742,600 words for the year), but I write way more than 2k a day on average when I do write, and if I get back on schedule, that average will be back up. For example, I’m averaging 3k right now just for March. I’ll revisit this at the start of April and see how close I get back on track. Part two of this goal, 2 million, I’m not confident about at all. On that I’m already 230,000+ words behind. O.o

Goal 4: Read a book a month. Meh. I’ve got this one. According to Goodreads, I’ve finished exactly two books so far. 🙂 Just need to add one for March.

So anyway, on to other stuff.

Yesterday I finished another short story, and my word count actually includes about 1k from Sunday on the project mentioned yesterday. I’m not adding it to the list of books I’m working on, because at this point, it’s low on my priority chart. My goal for March is to put some of my projects to rest, primarily Apocalypse Witch and Hungry Gods. I’m going to be at a library event in April, and it would be nice to have those books available in print. Following the completion of those two books, I’d also like to finish Spilling Blood Season 3, but I don’t see there being enough time to get get the last three parts done this month too, though I’m going to try.

Yesterday also marked the end of week 1 of March, with a word count of exactly 21,000 for the week.

Today I need to make a cover and publish a short story, then on to writing for a bit, and finally editing.

 3/7/16 Word Count: 3,327 (ave. 1,932 wph) Editing: 1 hour

Spilling Blood ep. 12 +0 10,221/15,000

Pen Name Novella #2 +0 4,417/20,000

Pen Name Short Story #4 +2,304 6,226/5,000 (Complete!)

Pen Name Short Story #5 +0 1,908/5,000

Hungry Gods 3 +0. 58,009/50,000 Editing

Apocalypse Witch 3 +021,648/20,000 Editing

March Word Count: 21,000

2016: January: 103,398, February: 11,551

For Year: 135,949

2016 Completed Projects: Spilling Blood 11, 1 Novella, 4 Short Stories

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Month 1 Update

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January’s over. It’s time to modify my goals and see where I want to go based on what I accomplished.

First off – What January Was –

In January, I completed 2 short stories, Spilling Blood ep. 11, Apocalypse Witch book 3, a and 20k novella under a pen name. I hit the word count target for Hungry Gods book 3, though the rough draft won’t be finished for a few more days (it’s going to come close to 60k). Editing is taking a while, I have 3 books in the editing stage. It is what it is.

I wrote 103,398 words in January. I averaged 3,335 words a day. That’s better than the 2,750 word low target (which is enough for 1 mil words for the year). I averaged 1,746 words per hour.

My most popular book with sales for January was Spilling Blood Season II. My most popular book in Kindle Unlimited was Soul Sister.

My Quote of the Day and Daily Writing Prompt Posts are going away. I will keep them on Twitter only. The posts aren’t popular, so I’m not going to keep them alive any longer.


February is set up to be a home run. I have three books about ready to publish. I’ll be editing Hungry Gods 3 for most of the month (after it’s completed this week). I will also start writing a new novel today.

I want to put January’s Word Count to shame, so I’m going to shoot for 4k-5.5k. I want to keep taking it up each month.

What else for February – Spilling Blood ep. 12, and a few pen name projects. I’ve got the word count room for more stories, but I haven’t decided what, exactly. It won’t be starting anything else until SB12 is done, anyway.

(Last day to get Spilling Blood ep. 1 for Free).

Word Counts

1/31/16 Word Count: 4,224 (ave. 2,112 wph) Editing: Nope

Hungry Gods 3 +4,224. 52,037/50,000

Spilling Blood ep. 12 +0 8,394/15,000

Pen Name Book +0. 22,874/20,000 Editing

Apocalypse Witch 3 +021,648/20,000 Editing

Pen Name Short Story #2 +0. 5,361/5,000 Editing

January Word Count: 103,398

For Year: 103,398

2016 Completed Projects: Spilling Blood 11, Short Story.

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