Earlier this year, I made a pledge to increase my productivity this year, and set some pretty lofty goals.  I called this project ‘The Page of Awesome’ and kept track of it in my primary notebook.  You can find the original post HERE.  I also kept sporadic track of my progress in a little box on the sidebar of this site.
So now that it’s December 31st, it’s time to look over my goals and see how I measured up.
Writing Submissions:
This year I wanted to increase my number of story submissions.  I made a goal of one hundred submissions for the year, but end up with only fifty.  Of these submissions, I had two published short stories released.  “The Montressor Method” to Over My Dead Body Online Magazine, and “The Duke’s Fountain,” to Wicked Words Quarterly.  Additionally, I have a third forthcoming sale which I hope to share with you in 2015.  While I didn’t meet my goal for this year, I still feel alright with this one.  My failure to reach the goal had more to do with a reluctance to perform necessary butt-in-chair editing rather than cold feet at the submission stage, so that is where I need to improve to increase this stat in 2015.
Podcasts:
In 2014, I made a goal to podcast more frequently and more consistently.  I made a goal of 50 podcasts, and released 35.  So again, this was short of my goal, but I am mostly satisfied with the podcasting work I did this year.  I still have a lot of work to do for 2015, including some promised voice work for friends and the completion of “The Dark Wife.”  I hope to have a few more surprises as well.
Blog Posts:
I also wanted to release more blog posts.  I made a goal of one-hundred posts, and published about 130, including this one.  My math might be a bit off.  I think the primary reason I was able to meet this goal is the steady release of “The City: A story in 140 Characters,” which began at the end of September and is ongoing.
2014 has been a year of ups and downs, great triumphs and deep tragedies.  I’m ending the year with a deep sense of personal gratitude to those who have believed in me and encouraged me throughout the year.  I’d particularly like to thank my husband Jeremy for his constant support, and the occasional prod when I needed it.  I want to thank everyone in Smoky Writers for welcoming me into the group, and encouraging my twisted sense of humor.  I’d like to say thank you to Skinner Co and everybody in The Mob for all of their support and friendship, too.  I am, and ever shall be, your bro.  And thanks to you for reading.
Tomorrow is the first day of 2015.  It’s almost time to make a whole new set of goals.  But for now, the snow is white and fresh (where it’s falling) and the sun is setting on 2014.  Tonight, pour a drink, think of the good that came out of this year, and toast auld lang sine.

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