How Are You Doing?

Did you set goals for 2014? We’re fast approaching the middle of the year. How are you doing?

Soon, at least for those of us living in the northern hemisphere, it will be summer. School will be out. When my children were young, I always found my writing time decreased dramatically in the summer. I wanted to spend more time with my children, and now that they’re grown and living their own lives, I’m so glad I did. Also, simply having nicer weather in the summer temps me, and I’m sure others, to participate in outdoor activities. That swimming pool just yards away from where I’m sitting right now can be tempting, especially when the temperatures sneak up to the 80s.

Also, by this time, perhaps you’ve reached the goals you set in January. Or maybe those goals need to be tweaked.

Last January I set myself 5 goals. Number one was to work closely with my editor at Robert Hale Ltd as A KILLER PAST was prepared for release. Well, I have had contact with my editor and I know the book is scheduled for release March 2015, but I haven’t heard from her since then. So my new goal is to again contact her and see what their plans are and what I need to do.

My second goal was to support new writers in any way I could. I have had one guest blogger (Ellen Larson), but I need to do more. One group I belong to (MMRWA) has recommended that members tweet or retweet announcements of members’ new releases. That’s definitely on my to-do list.

My third goal was to have a great time in Orlando at the 2014 Sleuthfest. I did. Now I’m looking forward to Writers’ Police Academy, which will be held in Greensboro, NC September 3-8. (

My fourth goal was to send the third book in my Crows series (P.J. mysteries), EAT CROW AND DIE, off to Five Star/Gale/Cengage for their consideration. I have done that and am now waiting for a final decision. (I hate waiting, but that’s the name of the game.)

And finally, my fifth goal was to get two of my romances (published in the 80s) out as e-books with Kindle Direct Publishing. Well, I’m a little more than halfway there, and the exciting part is last week I hired a Virtual Assistant (, Florence Price, to help me with covers, formatting for the various e-readers, and publicity. Not only will she be helping me, but I have a feeling she’ll keep me focused so I will accomplish more…even if it is summertime.

So how are you doing?

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12 Responses to How Are You Doing?

  1. Kristen says:

    Great topic! I’m not sure where I am right now in relation to my goals, and I’m also not sure where I’m going. Probably time to reevaluate… thanks for the reminder!

  2. Melissa Keir says:

    Sounds like you are doing great on your goals. I don’t set goals for myself. This way, I won’t be sad when I don’t meet them. I didn’t expect to be working full time this year again and so I’ve had less time for writing and work.

    • Maris Soule says:

      It is difficult, Melissa, to find both the time and energy for writing when you’re working full time. Here’s hoping that becomes less of an issue in the future. As for being sad, I’m not sad, simply frustrated when/if I don’t reach a goal. That said, I need that carrot in front of me to keep me moving.

  3. My main goal was to send in the completed manuscript to my editor at Bell Bridge Books and I accomplished that. The second goal was to begin Book #2 of the mystery series and I’ve made a small start on that. My third goal was to be more active on my social media sites — hmmmm. Need to work on that one.
    You’ve made some awesome accomplishments, Maris! Way to go!

    • Maris Soule says:

      Some days, Loralee, I feel like I’m going backwards. Sounds to me like you are doing great. I can’t wait until your mystery is released.

  4. It’s strange… I don’t usually officially set goals. I rarely write them down. I just make a list in my head. This year, though, a couple friends of mine did posts in January discussing goal setting and asking how everyone did the prior year. So, I wrote my achievements, and wrote goals on their blogs. Halfway through the year and I’m actually on target! Imagine that. 🙂

  5. Diane Burton says:

    Congrats on your goals, Maris. I don’t think I made goals for this year. Odd. Maybe I need to for the rest of the year.

    • Maris Soule says:

      Diane, after talking to you at the MMRWA meeting, it sounds like you mentally made and achieved some goals. I’m looking forward to hearing more about your PI story and hoping you have lots of success with Chameleon.

  6. Julia Masters says:

    Thanks for the reminder to review our goals. I set yearly and monthly objectives for myself and then work to achieve them, but I fail to reevaluate my goals on a regular basis to determine if I’m on target. I need to incorporate that step into the process. I suspect I would find myself accomplishing more!