End of Year Reflection: Love What You Have Done-Comprehend What Didn’t Happen

End of Year Reflection: Love What You Have Done-Comprehend What Didn’t Happen

End of Year Reflection: Love What You Have Done-Comprehend What Didn’t Happen

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Goodbye 2016!

As writers, we all tread the same path, and the end of a year punctuates our successes and failures.

I love how we can plan out our goals and follow up on them, success and loss. Many of you have kept me accountable with what I wanted to accomplish and what I managed to do. As the year wanes, I am certainly having moments of reflection. I did some things right, and some were just not done.

It’s fun to tell my blog followers when I make a goal and keep it, and also, when I can be upbraided for not making them. I hope you are doing this also.

Here is my goal post for 2016 if you want to refresh yourself with what I wanted to do.

Accomplished in writing/publishing

  • Published Disk of Death in ebook and print in February 2016
  • Finished edits on book two which took the title Yew to a Kill – also published it in print and ebook in May
  • Finished book three- Schooled in Murder- and published it in ebook (print will likely be next year) in November
  • Wrote two short stories/novellas as part of the mystery series (you can get the CHRISTMAS HEIST if you subscribe to the newsletter) In the Shadows came out in October
  • This item was not listed in my goal list but it was a goal of mine —- Double my 2015 income – did this by end of October (in fact, I quadrupled it)

Accomplished in personal development

  • Went to two cons – as a panelist and speaker which broadens my ability to do other work as a writer
  • Attended more than five webinars to learn new skills as an indie author/publisher
  • Took my health and weight loss seriously and lost 12 pounds in 2016
  • Continued to visit with other authors once a week in a mastermind group

Things that I did not accomplish

  • I did not get to Bouchercon in New Orleans, and I really would love to attend either that con or Killer Nashville in 2017 – (wouldn’t it be great if  I could do both????)
  • Provide more book reviews and contests – I just did not have enough time to manage to do this. I love to read, and do know the value authors place on solid reviews, but I took all that energy and funneled it into joining the team who judges a local book contest. I think it is an even swap. For the contests, I just did free giveaways mostly. They work just as well!
  • I did not get to expand Writer Groupie Podcast as much as I would have liked. I am considering re-branding and re-building it in 2017. It is either that, or monetize it, or give it up entirely. Stay tuned!

So, that is about all I have on reflecting back on the year gone past. I certainly do have plenty to think about for the new year ahead! Check out my Goals for 2017 post coming in the new year!

About master

Kim Smith is the author of Disk of Death, The Dread Room, Love Inn, and An Unexpected Performance.

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