Is that a challenge? Goals for 2014

Challenge 2014On the eve of the new year is a great time to set goals for the next twelve months. Personally I find goals motivate me to accomplish things I wouldn’t otherwise. I used to set small, easily obtainable goals, and then I started stretching myself further, believing I could reach the larger goals if I set my mind to it.

Occasionally I came up short, yet my inability to reach a goal hadn’t discouraged me from trying harder or continuing onward.

I have a feeling 2014 is going to be an excellent year; sort of that step towards 2015 and better things afterwards. At least I’m thinking 2014 has to be more positive because 2013 was very stressful, depressing, unpredictable in a bad way and filled with events I don’t want to see repeated. I hadn’t accomplished as much as I had set out to do, but at least year ending leaves me with great hope for the future.

I understand there will be at least one sad hurdle to overcome in 2014, but I feel a breath of life that I haven’t felt in the past several years. I see the light at the end of a very long tunnel and an energy building that will carry me forward.

This light hadn’t lit itself and this energy did not come out of nowhere. I’ve been tinkering with matches and forcing my thoughts to think differently. I’ve seen my feet in unhealthy ground and I’m motivated to see them move onward. Like Bilbo Baggins I have been given the opportunity for adventure, and like Mr. Baggins, I will go into the unknown and seek what needs to be sought, so I can return a changed person.

So as I ask my children with a quirky grin, I will ask myself, “Is that a challenge?”

My answer is, “Yes. Now go forth and refind yourself and make 2014 a year to remember.”

Below are my goals, my hopes for 2014 with regard to my writing career. They are all doable if I strive each day to complete them. If I lose sight for a short time, I can still get back on track and accomplish these tasks. If a dawdle too much though, I’ll be sitting here this time next year, shaking my head and wondering exactly what happened.

Writing Projects I Hope to Complete

*Stories that are started, but not finished

**Stories that are not started (except perhaps a chapter or outline)

  • *Fowl Summer Nights: Humourous Novella
  • *Roots to the Past: The First Four Years: Non-fiction Genealogy
  • **When a Boy Becomes a Crow: Humourous Novel
  • **Letters: Contemporary Short Story
  • **Healing Stones: Traditional Fantasy Novel

Completed Writing Projects I Hope to Edit

  • Throw Away Kitten: Contemporary Children’s Novel
  • Scattered Stones: Traditional Fantasy Novel
  • Queen of Wavy Hair: Children’s Picture Book

Stories I Hope to Publish

  • Throw Away Kitten: Contemporary Children’s Novel
  • Scattered Stones: Traditional Fantasy Novel
  • Fowl Summer Nights: Humourous Novella
  • When a Boy Becomes a Crow: Humourous Novel
  • Letters: Contemporary Short Story
  • Roots to the Past: The First Four Years: Non-fiction Genealogy
  • Queen of Wavy Hair: Children’s Picture Book

Publishing Goals for Quarter Castle Publishing

  • Publish five novels
  • Publish one picture book
  • Run a short story contest where a dozen authors appear in an anthology (the First Annual Quarter Castle Short Story Contest; more details on this in January)
  • Find no less than five outlets that will sell books published by Quarter Castle Publishing.
  • Attend no less than five selling events, which include such things as craft shows, farmers markets and author days.
  • Do something each month to help spread the news about Quarter Castle Publishing.
  • Continue to build a great website.

Fantasy movies, which go hand and hand with adventure, inspire me. They reset my clock, recalibrate my brain to what I love and who I am. I prefer traditional fantasy movies. This means sword and dagger, sorcery and magic, elves and dwarves (dwarfs) and castles and villages. When my arrow shoots true, I am balanced, I can accomplish things that surprise even me.

To stay balanced, I need the inspiration of fantasy. The most immediate way to inject inspiration into my bloodstream is through movies. So my health regime for 2014 will include watching traditional fantasy movies, both ones that have inspired me in the past and ones I believe will inspire me for the future.

Fantasy Films I Hope to Watch for the First Time or Again

*Movies I’ve seen once before December 2013

**Movies I’ve seen more than once before December 2013

Movies without an * are ones I’ve never seen, but look forward to watching

  • *Chronicles of Narnia (The) I
  • *Chronicles of Narnia (The) II: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Chronicles of Narnia (The) III: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • **Dark Crystal (The)
  • Dragonheart
  • *Dungeons & Dragons
  • Eragon
  • Excalibur
  • Harry Potter Philosopher’s (Sorcerer’s) Stone: No. I
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: No. II
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: No. III
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: No. IV
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: No. V
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: No. VI
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1: No. VII
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2: No. VIII
  • Hobbit (The) Part I: An Unexpected Journey : Seen December 22, 2013
  • Hobbit (The) Part II: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Hobbit (The) Part III: There and Back Again
  • Legend
  • *Lord of the Rings Part I: Fellowship of the Ring: Seen December 29, 2013
  • *Lord of the Rings Part II: Return of the King
  • Lord of the Rings Part III: Two Towers
  • Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief
  • **Princess Bride (The)
  • Snow White and the Huntsman: Seen December 14, 2013
  • Time Bandits
  • **Willow: Seen December 27, 2013

These are my professional goals for 2014. I’ve created a special section in the menu above (2014 Goals) to keep track of them as the months and seasons pass. There’s a drop-down menu for each section.

I’ll update the pages as I reach each goal, and at the end of each month I’ll write a post to update my accomplishments. I might even write a post on a specific goal I reach, such as reviewing a film I’ve seen.

One other goal I have for 2014 encompasses both my professional career of writing and my personal life. It’s a simple, single goal that is tough for many (including me) to achieve. Usually we don’t reach for it simply because we don’t have the time or don’t think about it.

This goal is: To be happy.

Being happy has not always been a priority for me, but this year, I’m taking huge, definite steps to change this. Life is too short to not make this a priority every day. Don’t mistake this for selfishness. It simply is what it is. Happiness.

Have you made any goals for 2014? Care to share one or two? Do you plan to write the novel that’s been weighing on your mind, or taking that first step into the self-publishing world?

Are there any movies on your wish list? Do you make being happy a priority? If not, isn’t it time to move it up a notch?


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