Thursday, November 10, 2011

Goals and Accomplishments

Today's post is part of the blog chain where one member selects a topic, and the other bloggers chime in on different days throughout the month.

Today's topic, brought to you by Michelle Hickman , is on writing goals and accomplishments.

I think I've accomplished a decent amount in life, as far as personal endeavors go, but in writing alone, there has been no big event that would register as a prestigious accomplishment. I'm okay with that though. When I stated writing novels seriously, it was never under the impression mine would be a household name and I'd be a millionaire. It was about the joy of creating a story and the hope that maybe some people would read and enjoy.

So far, I've written three of--what I'd call--salable novels. None of which have actually been sold. However, what I've accomplished with this, is the needed discipline to progress from where I was as an amateur fiction writer, to one who is learned (though nowhere near perfect) in delivering a decent story.

My most recent story, compared with the first full length novel I ever wrote, is a tremendous change for the better. I've accomplished that--and only because I've treated writing as an actual job by showing up on time and committing to it. I did put out an eBook in June, with no expectations other than to get started. I'll keep publishing them as I go, and in time perhaps, I'll have accomplished what I've always hoped--and that's to be a prolific author. With any luck, and with continuing to learn, I'll actually have some readers. lol

Time will tell.

See how other writers on the blog chain have met, or are trying to meet their goals. Eric who posted before me, and Michelle McLean who posts tomorrow.

Just for fun, I took the day off from responsibilities Tuesday and drove up to Universal Studios to meet  fellow blogger and writer, Michael di Gesu from In Time. As it would happen, Jen Daiker from Unedited was there with her family as well, so I had a lovely lunch at the Three Broomsticks with Michael and Jen. What fun! I toasted with my frothy butterbeer (which tasted like a carbonated liquid butterscotch); Visited Ollivander's wand shop, which was a hoot; Rode the broomstick through Hogwarts castle, which was a rocking action packed good time (even a little spooky); and perused Honeydukes for sweets and Zonks for the trick toys.

Check out this gorgeous pic of Hogwarts:
This was taken with my iPhone, isn't it a cool shot??

Here's me and Michael in front of the Hogsmeade script store, Scrivenshaft's:

Every bit of detail at this exhibit looks as authentic as if you were on the set. It's gorgeous! A must see for any Harry Potter fan--or as my hubby would say, "Potter Puff."

Don't forget tomorrow, 11-11-11 is the chart rush for Jessica Bell's String Bridge, and the debut of the Dark C.A.R.M.A tour. Click pic below for details:


And that's a wrap. Have you been to the HP exhibit yet? Or have you met any of your fellow blogger in person? What are your writing goals right now? 

27 comments:

Old Kitty said...

Yay for achieving such fabulous writerly goals!! Great to read you are truly enjoying your writerly journey and still find the joy with creating stories!

And what a great day to spend with fellow bloggie friends in Harry Potterland!! Wonderful!!

Take care
x

Miranda Hardy said...

You have accomplished a great deal. It's cool you took the day to meet the other writers/bloggers. I need to go to Universal. I've never been, believe it or not.

Matthew MacNish said...

This is such a great topic! It's really hard to nail down exactly what the biggest accomplishment is (for those of us who don't have an agent, and have never sold anything).

Stephen Tremp said...

I hav never been to HP world but it would be fun to go since I read all seven books. Biggest accomplishment? Wow ... I don;t know. Raising kids with my awesome wife I guess would be it.

Jill Campbell said...

Would love to go to Hogwarts some da y. I might even take the kids. Also sounds fun to meet fellow bloggers. I really feel a conection to some of them. I wonder if the actually meeting would be what I expected or be a little disappointing because they have become "characters" in my blogging world. What if they aren't who I think they are? Just thinking.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

And that is quite an accomplishment!
I saw your photo on Michael's site yesterday. Cool you got to meet up with him.

Laurel Garver said...

HP world looks like so much fun! One of these days we'll get there. My mom lives three hours away, after all.

It is good to take stock every now and then and see how far you've come on the journey. I've had a good year so far with literary magazines. It's definitely taught me to persist--one market my not like your stuff but another will.

Margo Kelly said...

Great post! And how fun - - to meet a fellow blogger! I, too, met a fellow blogger. We went to a writer's conference together, and it was WONDERFUL.

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

Sounds to me as if you've accomplished a lot in terms of learning about writing. Connecting with readers and having them get your story is a great accomplishment.

DL Hammons said...

I did the Potter thing with the family last this summer. Impressive!! But I'm jealous that you got to meet Michael and Jen in person!! :)

Carol Kilgore said...

Love your Hogwarts photo - appropriately forbidding :)

Nice to meet you.

Cynthia Lee said...

I finished my first book. That's a big accomplishment for me. I'm ADHD and sitting still is a challenge.

Plus, I'd been working on it off and on for nearly 3 years.

This makes me the happiest, knowing that I finished it. Honestly, the rest is just icing.

Stacy Henrie said...

How fun - love the pics! It sounds to me like you've accomplished a ton with your writing.

I just completed one goal - to heavily revise one manuscript - and I'd like to finish writing another by the end of the year.

Tere Kirkland said...

Great photo of Hogwarts! I can't believe you took it with your iPhone.

I love that you are right where you want to be with your writing. The joy of creating a story really is rewarding, whether it's shoved in a drawer later, or sold in a pre-empt. Or self-pubbed, of course! That's so cool that you put out one of your novels as an ebook. Good luck with all your future writing endeavors!

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

OMG those pictures are gorgeous. #sojealous And not just of the HP visit, but the companty as well!

I'm going to be Dark CARMA-ing tomorrow too ... see you there!

Medeia Sharif said...

Those are awesome writerly accomplishments. :)

It's so cool that you got to hang out with fellow bloggers.

Michelle McLean said...

wonderful accomplishments! Anyone who can finish a book has definite bragging rights. To finish, and polish, and then write some more - nothing short of amazing :)

Peggy Eddleman said...

I love your goals and accomplishments story! It's true that treating it like a job makes all the difference.

Donna Hole said...

Being happy with your accomplishments is more important than being recognized nationwide - though I bet the recognition would be a heck of a bonus :)

Hmm; you have a book out? I'm sure I knew this somewhere in the caverns I call a mind . . Do promote it so I can find it :)

I'm so jealous you got to meet Michael - meeting him is on one of my goals lists.

Those are great pictures from your i-phone :)

Have a great weekend PK :)

........dhole

Michelle H. said...

Great accomplishments! To know you have salable stories, and sticking to your guns to become a prolific writer, is a great endeavor that you are undergoing.

Anonymous said...

Florence as "anon." Missed this one yesterday. Your tireless work ethic is to be admired. It isn't often we find that one love we can call our life's work. Your books are your labor of love, your goals and accomplishments will become the realization of your dreams. Write on :)

jamieayres said...

Yay for goals, boo for editing. HA! That's the stage I'm in on my third YA--when I read my first novel I cringe & can't believe I sent it out to agent world. Side note--we are going to Universal today!! This will be our 3rd time to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We actually stood in line for 6 hours on opening day to get in for my daughter's 10th bday. I'm insanely jealous of my hubby this weekend b/c he works for the media and will be there covering the event, interviewing the stars. Yeah, I hate my husband;)

DM said...

I'm forever a goal setter! Good blog. I can't wait until I can see Hogwarts. Nice pics.

William Kendall said...

Terrific pics, PK!

Kate Karyus Quinn said...

Really just making that commitment to write and then sticking with it is such a huge accomplishment. Great post!

Katrina L. Lantz said...

How awesome! I WANT to go to Hogwarts! Someday. :) I've met a couple bloggers at a writing conference and it was really cool already knowing them a little. Cool experience.

I'd say improving the craft is definitely an accomplishment! And e-publishing, too! Congrats on that!

Catherine Stine said...

Sounds like a fab day! I've met one or two of the bloggers--always a hoot.