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2024 Author Goals: A Halfway-Point Check-In

Updated: 3 days ago

We're halfway through the year! Good job, us! (Yes, I had to look it up because I thought it was beginning of June. I’m bad at basic math.)

Here's what I posted on Instagram as my goals for 2024:

  • Finalize The Winner Takes It All for publication

  • Publish a poetry chapbook

  • Edit 6 manuscripts

  • Bonus: Draft The Plus-One Contract

That's a nice, reasonable list. I'm doing great on it -- Winner is in edits, The Orange and Pink Sunset is published, I've edited 6 manuscripts, and TPOC is at 19k/70k.

Here's the thing, though... I'm an overachiever.

Here's what I've done so far outside of that list:

  • Find a critique partner (CP)

  • Finish drafting "Fake Fiancée" short story

  • Attend Sierra DeMulder’s Turn the Crystal poetry class

  • Draft TPOC query letter and synopsis

  • Draft Sword's End query letter and synopsis

  • Start drafting Sword's End (it’s at 51k/75k) as Cassia King

  • Start Cassia King social media (Instagram and Twitter) and email

  • Start a Substack newsletter

  • Read 11 sapphic books

  • Revamp my author website

Check, check, and check! Except. Hehe. That's still not all.

Here are my other, secret, bonus goals (other things I'd like to accomplish before 2025):

  • Publish A Necklace of Teeth, my queer rage poetry chapbook, with Dogleech Books

  • Finish drafting Sword's End as Cassia King

  • Submit Sword's End to NineStar Press

  • Edit 12 manuscripts

  • Bonus: Finish drafting TPOC

  • Bonus: Read 20 books

Technically, yes, I realize that that's cramming A LOT into one year and it's arguably unreasonable for me to expect so much from myself while maintaining a full-time job, working an editing side hustle, promoting my author platform, spending time with family and friends, etc.

I know this.

But here I am.

One of these days I'll write a blog about having reasonable expectations of yourself, and it'll be as much for me as for you, but it is not this day.

QOTD: What are your 2024 goals, and how are you doing on them?

Now go forth and make your dreams come true!

I believe in you!


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The Orange and Pink Sunset (sapphic poetry chapbook):

Make the Yuletide Gay (lesbian holiday romance):

Border Ctrl+Esc (queer m/f marriage of convenience):

Love, Lorena (sapphic matchmaker/princess romance):

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