03 February 2019

February 2019 Writing Goals

Well, one month in, and although I didn't put out a weekly update, there were some goals that were worked on. Results weren't as I'd hoped, but several outside factors were involved in that. I don't see that changing in February, but here's hoping.



So, here are the results for January:

1. Draft up three Aston West short stories. - Completed this goal. Three stories have been plotted.

2. Complete 2,500 words on Before the Dawn. - Worked on this goal, but only got about 1,850 words done.

3. Complete 1,000 words on Dark Side (tentative title for my sci-fi detective thriller).  - Did not work on this goal.

Here are my goals for the month of February:

1. Complete the first draft on one of my three new Aston West short stories.

2. Complete 2,500 words on Before the Dawn.

3. Complete 1,000 words on Dark Side (tentative title for my sci-fi detective thriller).

02 January 2019

2019 Writing Goals

Well, things went a little better in 2018 than in 2017. So, I'm hoping that I'll maintain some momentum, and get some additional goals accomplished this year.

So, here goes:

1. Publish my fifth Aston West series novel, Before the Dawn. I plan to complete a first draft by the end of May, so that I can work on edits and hopefully have it out to the public sometime by the end of the year. I have some momentum going on this one, so hopefully things will move according to plan.

2. Publish my in-work "Demonkiller" WIP (which still needs a title). I would like to need to try and finish my edits by the end of March, so that I can get beta comments back in June, and then hopefully have this available by November in time for Air Cap Comic Con. This might be a bit sporty, considering how rough the first draft was.

3. Complete the first draft of my in-work sci-fi suspense/mystery novel. I anticipate this being finished before the end of December at the earliest.

4. Write three Aston West short stories. I would like to finish these by the end of the year, and hopefully I can get back on track with my triple-shots (my most recent one featuring Sweet Embrace came out back in 2015). I used to be able to write these fairly quickly, and have gotten out of practice. So, here's hoping that I can get back in the groove.

All in all, it's going to be a busy year, but I have a bit more confidence that my re-focus on goal-setting will help. Thanks to everyone who's purchased copies of my books, and I'm looking forward to bringing you even more this year.

31 December 2018

January 2019 Writing Goals

Well, the year is finally over. This month went quite well, even if I struggled in putting out a weekly update.

So, here are the results for December:

1. Complete 2,500 words on my "Demonkiller" WIP.- Completed this goal, with nearly 6,000 words written this month.

2. Write 2,500 words on Before the Dawn. - Completed this goal, with just over 3,100 words written this month.

Here are my goals for the month of January (even if I don't have my annual goals out):

1. Draft up three Aston West short stories.

2. Complete 2,500 words on Before the Dawn.

3. Complete 1,000 words on Dark Side (tentative title for my sci-fi detective thriller).

2018 Writing Goals Review

Well, the year is coming to a close in a few hours, and I've just spent the day finishing up the last touches on a first draft, so it's time to recap how things went against my 2018 goals. A follow-up post for my 2019 goals will be coming soon.

This year went well, or at least better than 2017 did.


1. Complete the first draft of my fifth Aston West series novel, Before the Dawn. I plan to finish this by the end of September, so that I can work on edits and hopefully have it out to the public by the end of the year.


Well, didn't quite get there on this goal, but did get this novel moving, with just over 7K words written, and a full head of steam for getting things moving in 2019.


2. Complete a third Aston West novella. I would like to have this finished in March, so that I can hopefully get it out in June (maybe in time for Smallville) and tide folks over until the next series novel comes out.


Completed my Aston West novella Stormrunner. Missed it by a month, so didn't quite get it out for Smallville, but it will still be around next year for folks.


3. Complete the first draft of my in-work "Demonkiller" WIP. Hopefully I'll have an actual title for this soon, but I need to try and finish this by the end of March, so that I can work edits after finishing the MaxMcCannor novellas. My hope is to have this out to the public by the end of May, so that I can have copies available for Smallville in June.


Completed the first draft for this one this year, albeit behind schedule (and still don't have a final title). Edits will be a bit down the road, but I'm hopeful to have this one published in 2019.

4. Complete the first draft of my in-work sci-fi suspense/mystery novel. I don't anticipate this being finished anytime before the end of December, and will likely be a 2019 release.

Didn't get this one completed, but got a few thousand words and five chapters completed. Probably going to be a stretch to try and get this one finished in 2019.


5. Finish the final two novellas in the Max McCannor series. Lyn and I have discussed this, and our plan is to plot out the last two novellas in January, then complete the second novella in February and the third in March. Sporty!

Didn't get anything more done on this series this year.

6. Write six Aston West short stories. I would like to finish one of these every two months, and hopefully I can get back on track with my triple-shots (my most recent one featuring Sweet Embrace actually came out in 2015, sadly).

With all of the work on the novels this year, I haven't had a chance to work on any short stories. Maybe next year.

So, sort of a mixed bag this year, but all in all, I felt good about what I accomplished (especially with about 60K words written altogether, and finishing the first draft of a novel). So, on to 2019, and I'm hoping to build on this year's successes.

01 December 2018

December 2018 Writing Goals

One more month left in the year...it's now been eleven months since I first started working toward my writing goals. It was a bit rough this month when trying to put out a weekly update, but did get some writing done and accomplished some monthly goals.

So, here are the results for November:

1. Complete 1,500 words on my "Demonkiller" WIP.- Completed this goal, with over 2,500 words written this month.

2. Complete 1,500 words on my sci-fi suspense/mystery novel. - Didn't get anything written on this goal this month.

3. Write 1,500 words on Before the Dawn. - Completed this goal, with just over 1,500 words written this month.

Here are my goals for the month of December:

1. Complete 2,500 words on my "Demonkiller" WIP.

2. Complete 2,500 words on Before the Dawn.

03 November 2018

Weekly Goals - November 3, 2018

Currently attempting to meet my November goals. Here's the recap for this past week:

1. Write 1000 words on my Aston novel, Before the Dawn. - Didn't get anything written toward this goal.
2. Write 1000 words on my "Demonkiller" story. Completed around 600 words on this goal.

Now, my goals for the coming week:
1. Write 1000 words on my Aston novel, Before the Dawn.
2. Write 1000 words on my "Demonkiller" story.

November 2018 Writing Goals

Quickly approaching the end of the year...it's now been ten months since I first started working toward my writing goals. Things have been a bit better this month, including some work on the next Aston novel.

So, here are the results for October:

1. Complete 1,500 words on my "Demonkiller" WIP.- Didn't complete this goal, but did get around 900 words written this month.

2. Complete 1,500 words on my sci-fi suspense/mystery novel. - Didn't get anything written on this goal this month.

3. Write 500 words on a new Aston West short story.  - Didn't get anything written on this goal this month.

4. Didn't originally have a goal for Before the Dawn, but was able to write around 1800 words this month.

Here are my goals for the month of November:

1. Complete 1,500 words on my "Demonkiller" WIP.

2. Complete 1,500 words on my sci-fi suspense/mystery novel.

3. Complete 1,500 words on Before the Dawn.

27 October 2018

Weekly Goals - October 27, 2018

Currently attempting to meet my October goals. Here's the recap for this past week:

1. Write 1000 words on my Aston novel, Before the Dawn. Completed around 1800 words on this goal.
2. Write 1000 words on my "Demonkiller" story. Completed around 500 words on this goal.

Now, my goals for the coming week:
1. Write 1000 words on my Aston novel, Before the Dawn.
2. Write 1000 words on my "Demonkiller" story.

20 October 2018

Weekly Goals - October 20, 2018

Well, it's been a while since I've provided a weekly update. Given the chaos during the week, figured I would switch up to providing updates on Saturdays instead of Mondays. Currently attempting to meet my October goals. Here's the recap for this past week:

1. Completed around 400 words on my "Demonkiller" story.

Now, my goals for the coming week:
1. Write 1000 words on my Aston novel, Before the Dawn.
2. Write 1000 words on my "Demonkiller" story.