Turning the Page: 2019 and 2020

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2019 was a pretty up and down year for me. I made a lot of personal goals, but also felt like I didn’t make much actual progress. I had a lot of uncertainly, but also a lot of success at my day job. I took an amazing trip to Ireland.
But let’s look at my actual goals for the year before the Page of Awesome resets for 2020.

Podcasts: 24/75.
In the end, I just don’t have as much time to podcast as I expected this time last year. I had planned to launch some new podcasts, but didn’t have much success. Still, I managed about two episodes of Nostalgia Pilots a month, and as we move into 2020, I am pleased with what we put out.
Short Fiction Submissions: 50/50. New short fiction: 5/10. Published short fiction: 1
Wattpad posts: 200/365
eBooks: 1/?
While I didn’t get quite as much writing done this year as I’d have liked, I made my goal on submissions, sending the last one out in the afternoon on New Years Eve. That particular story had been sitting in various editing piles for the last three years, and it was such a huge relief to finally get it out into the world, or at least into the hands of an editor.
My other big writing project was “Everyday Drabbles” and while I didn’t write every single day, I learned a lot about my own process and also learned that Wattpad has a strict 200-chapter limit. I’m continuing the project going in to 2020, with a few modifications. A qualified success.
Blog Posts: 150/150.
I made this goal this year, again, just under the wire. However, I didn’t make most of my goals for specific categories of posts.

So what are my goals for next year?
Steno Practice: 500 hours.
My day job situation this year taught me that I need more stability. And the only way I’m going to do that is prioritizing study and practice in the new year.
Write every day (300 days).
Edit every day (300 days).
It’s important to know that I’m not always going to succeed. Some days will just be too busy, or I’ll not be up for writing. I’m going to set specific goals for wordcounts and editing time month by month, but my goal is to build good writing habits this year.
Short story submission: 60. New short stories: 6 New Freelance Hunters stories: 6.
This year I made 50 story submission. Perhaps they were a bit scattershot, as I only made a few sales. But if I’m going to be writing and editing every day, I should be able to submit a new short story to markets every other month. I also have a bunch more Freelance Hunters shorts sitting in my editing drawer. When I’m not working on new stories, I’ll be working on them.
Nostalgia Pilots podcast episodes: 25
Everyday Drabbles audio podcasts: 50
I’d like keep up the schedule of putting out a new Nostalgia Pilots episode every other week this year. I can’t really audio edit more than that with my other jobs and commitments. This also fits with how often the four of us can get together to record.
Since I’m moving Everyday Drabbles away from Wattpad and onto my blog, I want to do something a little special to replace the Sunday Fiction post. I played with doing audio versions of my favorites during December, but had to step away due to holiday and end-of-year business. But I’m coming back to it in 2020.
Blog Posts: 400
Everyday Drabbles and other fiction posts: 250
Hugh Likes Review Posts: 50
Podcast reposts: 50
Other posts: 50
This is a pretty ambitious blog schedule, but discounting the Everyday Drabbles posts, it’s pretty doable, I think. The challenging part will be the ‘other’ posts. I’m going to try and write more personal blog posts and non-fiction writing on my blog this year. It’s not a kind of writing I’m very comfortable with, and I’d like to get better at it.
Other Goals:
1 or 2 self-published books.
1 Novel-length manuscript ready for agents.
Visit & Network at 3 conventions.

These are my goals for 2020. What are you planning for the next year?

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It’s finally 2015!  The ball has dropped, the champagne has been drunk, the s’mores have been eaten.  But however you celebrate the new year, the festivities have ended, hangovers have been nursed, and it’s time to get down to the business of the new year.  As such, I’m resetting the Page of Awesome and setting new creativity goals for myself in 2015.
400 Blog Posts:
This year I will be continuing to blog my serial Drabble story “The City: A Story in 140 Characters.”  When that finishes, I’d like to begin a new story with a similar premise.  In addition, I’ll be continuing to post “Hugh Likes…” entries throughout the year, updating my status with appearances, announcements, reflections on writing, and more!  I’ll also be unveiling a brand new article series in the near future!
50 Podcast Episodes:
I haven’t always been the most regular when it comes to updating The Way of the Buffalo, but with a new year and a new season launching this month, I am back on the bandwagon.  The podcast’s new schedule will look something like this:
One audio fiction episode, one interview episode, and one special episode, which could be anything.  These will be panel discussions, audio from conventions, bits of my own writing, and more!  We’ll also be presenting one episode The Dark Wife in the feed per month until it’s finished.  There are a few more things on the horizon, but it’s a bit too early to unveil them yet.
5 Self-Published eBook Launches:
My primary goal for this year is to increase my editing.  I have plenty of novellas and longer-form projects that just need a few coats of polish and cover art.  At the very least, I’d like to get these into your digital hands this year:
The Freelance Hunters:  The Shadow Over Ironwood
The Freelance Hunters:  Bingo’s Charm and other Tales
The City:  A Story in 140 Characters ebook edition
Fabulous Powers Vol. 1:  Where There’s Smoke…
Scum and Villainy (Working Title)
Most of this content is working its way through the editing process.  There will be more details as they get finished up.
50 Traditional Short Fiction Submissions
While I will be working on a lot of self-published work this year, I still want to keep submitting to magazines and anthologies.  While I’m not singularly focused on earning my SFWA qualifications this year, completing short stories and sending them out is good practice for a variety of writer’s skills, the most important of which are meeting deadlines and dealing with rejection.
So that’s what I’ll be working on this year.  What are your plans and goals for 2015.  Leave a comment below, or say hello on Twitter and Facebook!

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