First off, I think I'm going to add a new goal for this year. I have mixed feelings about this. Goal work is a good thing. It's adapting to situations, to what is going on, right? But in this case, I feel I need to create a goal to meet work I've been doing that doesn't fit into my other goals. Should I just be working for those other goals? Am I creating a new goal to justify this nongoal work I've been doing this week and a few other weeks, too?
Well, we'll see.
Goal 1. Generate New Work, Mummy Book. Did well on this one this week. I finished a chapter from last week and got well into another one. Hopeful for next week.
Goal 2. Generate New Work, Short Pieces. I didn't actually generate anything new. Instead I started reading this material for market research.
Goal 5. Community Building. Some prep for my attendance at tomorrow's workshop on school visits.
Goal 7. The Newbie. General Marketing/Branding. Submitted two workshop proposals for next spring's NESCBWI Conference. Took part in yesterday's Twitter PitchMadness. Tomorrow's conference would fall under this goal, since it involves finding better ways to market my own workshops.
The worry with the new goal isn't so much that it's a new goal as that it's a goal about marketing. The danger for writers with marketing goals is that they can become black holes sucking up time and putting an end to producing new writing. On the other hand, marketing is a legitimate thing to be doing, so why not give it its own goal?
I just hope it's not going to be showing up a lot here on Fridays.