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December update; January and 2015 goals

Days written: 20/31
Words written: 8,780
Words of fic written: 4,747
Stories worked on: Five
Stories posted: Two
Words written in 2014: 103,024
Fic words written in 2014: 73,662
Fic words posted in 2014: 55,042









This is a pretty drastic drop from the last few years, although the downward trend really began last year. Evidence that I'm in a multi-year fallow period? Or an extended bad break, caused by a number of factors (four major trips, a long spate of fatigue after one of them, my broken finger)? Good questions, to which I do not yet have answers.

Specific goals:

December:

1. Write six days a week. I didn't even make five days every week.

2. Write story for Dragon Age Holiday Cheer. Done!

3. Complete entries for the Talking Through December meme. I got about halfway through. Probably because I didn't have a full month's worth of prompts, I ended up deprioritizing this, then fell way behind. I do promise to get the rest in January.

4. Revisit the stories on the potential to-do list from last month. Finish at least one of them. Instead of doing this, I pulled an almost-finished story from last summer out of the vault, polished it up, and posted it yesterday. It's a bit of backstory imaginings about Leandra Hawke and Eleanor Cousland, wondering what they might have been like as girls.

2014:

1. Keep to personal monthly goals and check in with ushobwri at least three times a month. I didn't keep track of how often I checked in, but I managed it most of the time, and I think three times a month feels about right. I really did not do so well with keeping to my goals this year. I only made my days-per-week goal three times (plus three near misses), and lots of other specific goals fell by the wayside. About the only thing I can say is that I never missed any posting deadlines.

2. Substantially post or crosspost to DW/LJ at least three times a week. Some months I got this, some I didn't. Drifting away from Tumblr later in the year made this easier. When I go back to Tumblr -- assuming I actually do go back to Tumblr, but that's another post entirely -- I'll have to work again on getting the balance right. Another thing that helped was deciding that working on a substantial journal entry counts as a writing day. Good for the journaling, bad for getting fic finished. But I think the trade-off is worthwhile enough that I will use this definition going forward.

3. Write and post at least one non-Dragon Age fic per month. I think this may actually be the first month where I didn't manage this. But I only posted two fics anyway. Regardless, this goal has served its purpose and is ready to be retired next year.

4. Finish An Unlikely Partnership and make substantial progress on Wardens of Ivalice, with an eye to finishing that as well. Nope. I did work on Wardens of Ivalice here and there. But I think I officially need to declare the Holmes/Iron Man story unfinished and move on. Not that I will never return to it, but I just don't have a strong enough sense of a potential plot. Sometimes I can take a premise like a crossover and run with it, but I'm not feeling it this time.

I had hoped that looking at everything all together would help me make sense of it all, but it's not really inspiring me to a conclusion. All I can do, really, is keep plodding along, maybe make goals that will shake things up. My main goal for 2015, I think, will be to finish things. Stop letting plans and WIPs languish and really get them done -- and to cut things loose when they aren't working, like the RDJ crossover.

Onward and upward.

January:

1. Write an average of six days per week.

2. Finish posts for Talking Through December meme.

3. Triage all words in progress and promised stories (giveaway fics). Archive anything not finishable. Pick at least two the workable stories, finish and post them.

4. Do all groundwork for the two Kiss Battles, both of which will open in early February.

2015:

1. Continue tracking wordcounts and monthly goals. Check in with ushobwri at least three times a month, and share with the weekly workshop at least twice a month.

2. Finish with all current WIPs and owed fics by the end of October. Make progress on Wardens of Ivalice.

3. Participate in at least one Big Bang that's not the DABB.

4. Post or crosspost to DW/LJ at least three times a week. Archive all Tumblr and flashfic on AO3 on at least a quarterly basis.

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