Making the Best of the Ever Changing Goal

seachingPlans change, goals get pushed back, it’s just part of life. Whether for good reasons or bad reasons, we must adapt or die! (Overly dramatic for impact — did it work?) For me, June began with one goal and ended with a completely different one. It had the trickle-down effect, shifting all my goals, and I’m still figuring out the new target deadlines.

Don’t you just hate it when that happens?

In IWSG posed a question for this month:
What’s the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?

I thought about it, and though people have been kind and said nice things the one comment that took me by surprise, delighted me, and make me start planning was…wait hold on. Fade into backstory.

I’ve had several beta readers. I’ve revised and updated several times. The last beta, made comments and stuff too, but ended with, “You need to start on book two.” Um, yeah, that was awesome.

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In other news, I’m participating in Smashwords 2016 July Summer/Winter Promotion and marking all my cookbooks down by 50%. The coupon code for each book is listed on its smashwords page (on the right side).



How do you handle those goals when they up and change on you?

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Updated: July 4, 2016 — 8:46 am


  1. Sometimes we need to hear ‘Start the next book, this one’s done.’

    1. Yes, it’s true. I know I could continue to read and change and agonize over every word, but at some point it’s got to move to the next step.

  2. Hi, Holly,

    Great comment. I really like the question. I have mine in tomorrow’s post. Hope you’ll have time to stop by.

    Sounds like you had a very eventful June…. I’m still kind of in writing limbo, but just getting back to blogging makes me feel better and hopefully I will plan some near future goals.

    Good look on the cookbook sales. I love your recipes, and I hope to buy a few more!

    1. I will stop by! I noticed you found all my goofy “zodiac” signs. I’m glad you enjoyed them.

  3. When someone asks to read more of your writing then that’s a good sign you’re doing something right. A request for book #2 is encouraging.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

    1. Yeah! It told me it was time to stop nitpicking as well as something called to the reader for more!

  4. Your story does rock. I’m looking forward to the revised version and book 2!

  5. Yippee for book 2! Exciting times. So, um when is book 1 going to see the light of day? 😉

    1. Just as soon as the wizard gives me some courage, right now he’s looking for a brain for the straw man. 🙂

  6. What great feedback—a compliment, inspiration, and a new goal all in one. Good luck with Smashwords promo!

  7. I supposed it doesn’t matter if goals change, as long as you still have a goal!

    1. Yes. A goal is a goal, after all. 🙂

  8. Cool comments! So do it – start on Book Two 🙂
    I’ll pass on the word about your sale.

  9. It was some thoughtful rejection by a top SciFi magazine that spurred me into publishing. I still hold that feedback as dear. Weird how that works.

    I hear you on the ever-changing goal. I’m in the same boat.

  10. Hi Holly! That was a cool compliment to receive. Got you fired up, I’m sure. I’ll check out your Smashwords promo!

  11. I love hearing positive things from my critique partners. Having a request for a book 2 is awesome.

    1. Me too. We agreed early on to not coddle each other.

  12. you want me to change, change, change, you want me to change… love that song, don’t love when that happens! but yes, we must go with the flow and adjust. great post and yay for your cookbook sale!

    1. Yeah, it easier to go with it than fit it. 🙂

  13. What a wonderful thing to hear!
    And I can relate to changed goals. Everything went upside down recently and now I’m working toward a whole new goal I never thought I’d even think about.

  14. That’s such a wonderful comment, Holly! 🙂
    So is the first book available for purchase?
    Good luck with the Smashwords discount sale!

    1. Thanks. No, the book is not out.

  15. When a reader likes book one enough to tell you to start book two, you’ve got a winning book one!

  16. Any time someone is wanting more of your stories, that’s a compliment!

  17. Sometimes people ask me why I haven’t written any series. The sad truth is, no one ever said they would really like a sequel to my books or short stories. I’m very glad someone wants a book two from you. I bet that does wonders for your confidence! 🙂

  18. I roll with the punches. Other times, I punch back.

  19. That is a compliment I have given many writers whom I’ve beta read for.

  20. I’ve not been the most happy camper when things change. But I am getting better at shifting gears. 🙂

  21. I also had to change a lot of deadlines recently. In fact, it’s so bad I’ve had to change deadlines for the next five years. :-/

    It had me pretty bummed.

    1. OUCH! I fell ya, I have one that been pushed to two years.

  22. It’s always good when a reader is ready for the next book. 🙂

    Goals do have a tendency to change and evolve. I couldn’t even count how many times my goals have changed since I started writing. My goals even changed this month from what I’d planned. Heh.

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