I counted up 18 separate goals for 2013. I accomplished 13 of them. Some goals were "pie in the sky" and due to time/money constraints they were not even touched. Others weren't either--these I will keep with myself.
But I completed the 13th one a few days ago: I submitted to the Writers of the Future contest--it's a quarterly contest and I sent something off all four quarters. I didn't place or even get past the first round on each one. I don't mind. It's the act of submitting that has made it worth while. The competition is stiff, and I'm determined to continue.
Because one of two things will happen: I'll either win or I'll make myself ineligible because I'll sell too many books.
That's a good place to be.
For 2014, I have another 18 goals--different goals, for some of them, the same for the rest. My emphasis will be on publishing more.
Which brings me to what I'm working on. This week has been a little hectic. I've been hammering away at Shadowkill, now into chapters 5-6 and beyond. It's been a slow process so far, but if I still keep plugging away, it's gonna be done.