Crossing the chasm from here to there

My initial 17 fantasy goals are now realigned into what I believe can get done during the next 80 days. The original fantasy goals are in italics behind the achievable goals.

1) Health: sleep (lights out at 10:30 p.m.), move (get up from desk every hour, spend at least 20 minutes outside morning or evening, gardening, walking or looking at forest). [17) Take better care of my health—for instance, get up from my desk, spend time outside, go to bed before midnight (fail!).]

2) Work only 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 1 hour for lunch, no evening or weekend work. [1) Maintain the quality of my science editing and other job obligations while meeting my deadlines and not stressing out.]

3) Write 250 words/day on my current novel, to equal 20,000 words by the end of 80 days. Try lunchtime, before work, after supper—what can be sustained? [4) Add 40,000 words to my current novel.]

4) Clean up and format 1 short story or 1 flash anthology/week, create cover and publish to Smashwords/Amazon. Start marketing when 5 are available. Do most of this on  weekends. [2) Clean up and format three short story anthologies, create covers and publish them to Amazon and Smashwords. 3) Create and implement marketing for the anthologies. 8) Read and due the exercises in Jen Talty and Bob Mayer‘s THE SHELFLESS BOOK.]

5) Participate in social media no more than 90 minutes/day, mostly 7:30 a.m. and/or 8:30-10 p.m.—become more efficient at it. [12) Post here once a week in addition to the ROW80 posts. 13) Comment on blogs and use other social media more consistently.] 

6) Daily reading: finish Lawrence, then Lisle [14) Finish reading DH Lawrence‘s complete works. 7) Read and do the exercises in Holly Lisle‘s updated MUGGING THE MUSE.]

7) Fit in fun, ad hoc social but useful/profitable things, i.e., Austin RWA 4/10 and 4/21 [9) Get to some Austin RWA meetings. 10) See friends more often. 11) Do the occasional little editing projects a local businessman has asked me to do.]

8) Add to daily activities but postpone if too busy—more than likely postpone: [15) Spend twenty minutes a day brushing up my Spanish. 16) Go to the shooting range once or twice a month.]

9) Postpone until short stories are epubbed, and probably until novel is done: [5) Do a final draft of the 15,000-word paranormal. 6) Do a final draft of the 15,000-word historical romance (I forgot that the first draft was already done.]

That’s better!

By S.J. Driscoll

21 thoughts on “Crossing the chasm from here to there

  1. Juliana Haygert

    Woot! Great goals you have. Very ambitious, but I know you can do it!
    See you around the ROW!

  2. shanjeniah

    I love finding another busy person who likes a buffet of choices to play with! =D

    I find it gives me enough options that I am never stuck for something to do!

    I agree that YOUR brand of fun needs more focus – doing what I love fuels me for writing, which I love. =)

    I gave up bedtimes. Now I often write all night – during the day, in shorter bursts as children and hometending allow for….

    Looking forward to seeing how you dig into those juicy goals of yours! =)

  3. Rick S

    When I first read your post, I thought it was going to be about Geoffrey Moore author of the famous book, Crossing the Chasm. I was not disapointed however to read the rest of your blog. It sounds like you are ambitious and one of the best ways to achieve goals is to publicly state them. Then you are not the only one holding yourself accountable. Good work. I’ve got to go write some goals down myself now : )

    1. SJ Driscoll

      Hi, Rick. Glad you weren’t disappointed and thanks for your encouragement! Good luck with your goals—without them time goes too fast and life seeps away.

  4. Eden

    Wow, that’s one heady list you have there, Sally. Good for you, but I’m with Patricia… Have some fun should be higher up on the list. If you aren’t deriving some pleasure from it, you could end up resenting it. And that would stink….

    Here’s to a new Round of Words with the eye on the prize… living as a writer (with all the warts, blemishes and accolades it involves). 😀

  5. warren60

    Buena Suerte (good luck). That is quite a list. My recent goal of completing a 5K Roadrace in 40 minutes seems so modest. But I did it.

    Perhaps you’ll need a time machine to adjust time to complete your goals.


  6. jansenschmidt

    Oh Sally, you shouldn’t have to schedule fun time – that should be a given every single day! I’m glad you have it in your agenda though, but it should be at the very top of your list. Your number one is a good one, but it will be easier to achieve if you pair it with having fun.

    Good luck on the goals. Now go take a walk. Do it. Go.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    1. SJ Driscoll

      Patricia, thanks for reading… I’m afraid I’m going to repeat my complaint that too many kinds of supposed “fun” are—(insert whine) bo-o-o-o-oring.

  7. artygerard

    Hey, Sally, it’s Gerard (note my new blog site in progess of being created, artygerard on WordPress…you didn’t even say anything but you talked me into it). As for me, I never draw or compose music after 8pm or my brain never shuts off and sleep is elusive (Last night, precisely at 8, I put down my pencil for the 5 foot tryptic I’m working on; “Forgotten Monoliths”…that was so hard!). Also, no caffeinated drinks after 12 noon. And goals must be constantly pruned and refined. Those that wait until New Year’s Day just want an excuse not to actually accomplish anything.

    1. SJ Driscoll

      Hi, Gerard! Always a pleasure to see you here. Those are all good points but it’s ha-a-a-a-ard (insert appropriate whine) to shut off the ol’ brain! Sleep itself is OK but going to sleep is bo-o-o-o-oring.

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