Summer 2012 Goals

Goal BridgeWhen my dad died on April 3, all the lofty goals I had set for myself and the coming summer went poof. I wasn’t able to concentrate–still can’t to the level that I was–and I just didn’t have the drive to write. I still don’t, to be honest, but I’m making myself. Baby steps and small leaps.

Now, though, summer break is fast approaching, and it’s time for me to once again treat writing like the job I want it to be. I just don’t think it’s going to be the super-awesome, breakneck-pace job it was going to be. I’m having to cut a lot of stuff because April was going to be a major month for me to get stuff done–freelance pitches, queries, guest posts, short stories–and it just didn’t turn out.

So I need some realistic goals for this summer–with summer being through the end of August. So in the next four(ish) months, I hope to accomplish the following:

  • Launch Birthright Kickstarter hopefully no later than the second week of June.
    • Finalize revisions and polish on Birthright (The Technomage Archive, Book 1) for a November 2012 launch. (Even though this isn’t due by the end of August, I fully intend to be well on its way to completion by then.)
  • First draft of Lineage (The Technomage Archive, Book 2) – Complete at 75,062 words.
  • First draft of Legacy (The Technomage Archive, Book3)
  • Keep trucking on Nimbus: A Steampunk Novel with weekly chapters, and polish and revise Parts 2-4 by the end of August.

While this is enough to keep me busy, I did have a lot more on my plate. I had planned to get 2 Technomage Archive stories written and polished for submission over the summer, as well as prep some proposals for Dragon magazine and other more niche publications.

I still intend on getting as much of that stuff done as possible, but with working on 4 novels and dealing with the worst period of my life, it just can’t be a priority.

What about y’all? What are your goals for the summer or the year?

By B.J. Keeton

B.J. KEETON is a writer, teacher, and runner. When he isn't trying to think of a way to trick Fox into putting Firefly back on the air, he is either writing science fiction, watching an obscene amount of genre television, or looking for new ways to integrate fitness into his geektastic lifestyle. He is also the author of BIRTHRIGHT and co-author of NIMBUS. Both books are available for Amazon Kindle.