Janet Sumner Johnson
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My Year in Review

Jan 04, 2016 Writing 6 comments

Happy New Year!

With all the Christmas rush, I have been absentee the last couple of weeks, but I didn’t want to miss again. Because this is the time of year where I hold myself accountable for the goals I set at the beginning of last year. And if I don’t hold myself accountable, who will?

So here we go. My goals from last year and my assessment:

1. Write 5 days a week.
I started out well with this, then wow. A big fail on this goal. BUT, if you consider all the non-book-writing things I wrote, perhaps I didn’t do so terribly. That said, I hope to do better this coming year. But I realize that for me, this type of goal will always be a fail, because I hate being tied down. I do much better when I assign myself a project to accomplish, as you’ll see in the next goal . . .

One page of my crazy edits

One page of my crazy edits

2. Finish revising my 2 WIPS (Works in Progress).
WOOT! TOTAL WIN! Granted, I now have more revising to do on WIP #2, BUT I finished 2 other rounds of revisions on it (2 other MAJOR rounds of revision), and this next round won’t be so terrible. WIP #1 is now on submission. *curls up in fetal position*

3. Finish a first draft of a new book.
Okay. Total fail. I just started yesterday. But in my defense, I didn’t expect the majorness of the revisions for WIP #2. Plus I wrote a bonus story for PB&J SOCIETY (hoping you will all love it!), and a bunch of other PB&J-related things. The next book just didn’t happen. However, it is STARTED, so finishing the first draft at the very least is this year’s goal.

4. Write at least two picture books.
Sigh. Nope. I did take a PB class, but I was so busy, I mostly skimmed through it. Turns out that when you have a book contract (which I didn’t have when I made these goals), you suddenly become much busier. While I would like to do this again, I realize debut year will be full of too many other things.

5. Attend at least one writing conference.
And Hooray!! Another accomplished goal! I will definitely be keeping this goal. I am attending LDStorymakers again as an attendee (my husband will be presenting!), and I will be presenting at the MD/DE/WV SCBWI conference in April. So check and check! It really is good to plan a goal that you have already facilitated the accomplishment of.

And there you have it. Not a great showing, to be sure. However, life sometimes mixes things up for you. It is somewhat surreal to realize that last year at this time, I had no idea what was in store for me. I had no idea I was on the verge of signing my first book contract . . . which changed the course of my whole year.

So while I didn’t accomplish all the specific goals I set for myself, I DID accomplish some pretty major things. And I am a firm believer in being flexible. Yes, I could have killed myself to accomplish every one of these goals above, but I feel pretty proud of all I accomplished this past year.

Now it’s your turn. Please tell me what you accomplished this past year so I can celebrate with you! 🙂

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6 Responses to “My Year in Review”

  1. Hilary says:

    Hi Janet – that’s a big change .. congratulations and now good luck to achieving your goals in 2016. Love the idea of the blog … clever design – cheers and a very Happy New Year – Hilary

    • janet says:

      Hi Hilary! It IS a big change! Thanks so much for stopping in and for your kind words. Cheers to you, too, and wishing you a very bright new year full of wonderful things!

  2. Love your new blog look! Congratulations on meeting a lot of your goals for 2015. I’m not sure I did as well on my goals, but I learned a lot in my first year of not teaching. I started off 2016 having a nightmare that I was back in the classroom, so that put things in perspective regarding my new career writing!

    • janet says:

      Thanks, Dianne! On all counts. Haha about your nightmare! That must mean you are very happy with what you’re doing. Watching you on social media, I think you accomplished A LOT this past year! I hope to do half as well as you’re doing. 🙂

  3. Oh my goodness I looooove your new website. It’s puuurple! It’s beautiful. And congratulations on meeting so many of your goals. You have so many incredible books in progress – I’m excited about them all. And I’ll be drafting this year too. If you want to check in with one another as we draft, let me know. That will help push me too! Happy new year my dear friend.

    • janet says:

      Thanks, Melissa!! Funny that we were both working on new blogs/websites at the same time. And YES! We should do that. I will email. Happy new year, to you too! So grateful to count you as my friend. 🙂

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