Friday, August 11, 2023

What Did You Do This Week, Gail? Beginning The Friday Done List Again

From January 9, 2015 through May 21, 2018 I maintained a nearly every Friday feature in which I went over what I had done over the preceding week that related to my goals and objectives for the year. It was an on-line done list. Someone, I won't mention any names but it was my computer guy, found those posts boring. But this past year, while I've been shifting my work interests from children's writing to adult writing, I have sometimes felt that I was spinning my wheels or was adrift or some other cliched metaphor. Bringing back the Friday Done List could help:

  1. Make me realize how much I am doing so that I'll be delighted with myself.
  2. Force me to hustle a bit so I'll have something to report, which I do recall doing back in the day. No, I do not recall why I quit doing this five years ago.

So let's begin again

First off, I'd just like to point out that I have completed two of my goals for this year, 1 and 3. Not this past week, of course, but I'm claiming credit, anyway.

This week I have worked on:

Goal 2. Work On Adult Essays, Short Stories, And Humor.
  • I have started revising a blog post into an essay that I think I can submit a couple of places. 
  • I found a new site that I could submit it to.
  • I've been reading New Yorker humor.
  • I've been reading a book on storytelling.
  • Had a new humor piece published at Frazzled
  • Had a new humor piece rejected by Points in Case
  • Hunted for, and believe I've found, a way to share articles published on Medium so they can be read in their entirety. Which was happening in the past. This just came up this week, and I had to deal with it. Lost some time to that.
Goal 4. Submit Adult Books To Agents
  • Did a little research on additional agents to submit Good Women to.
  • Found a couple more agents to research when I'm ready to submit 143 Canterbury Road.
  • Yikes! An agent I've been waiting to reopen for submissions apparently has. A to-do for my bullet journal.
Goal 5. Community Building/General Marketing/Branding
  • Joined the Off Campus Writers' Workshop
  • Followed a few new people on X.
  • Accepted that Twitter is called X. 
  • Interacted with a few other writers on Medium
  • Am increasing work on Original Content 
Okay. It's not my best week ever. But it's not humiliating, either. I am encouraged to try to work harder or do more, in case that's not the same thing

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