I keep these goals in focus by writing monthly updates about my progress. The original post outlined four categories of resolution:
- Blogging Resolutions
- Freelance & Publishing Resolutions
- Fiction Resolutions
- Gaming Resolutions
Unlike previous months, I am roughly on schedule with this update.
June’s traffic figures were very strong, although down a little from May’s record numbers. This was mainly due to links post by Chaosium about my article promoting HeroQuest 2. This bounce in numbers ensures the article will make the Best of 2017 pdf.
After the runaway success of May, it was inevitable that June would fall short. The number of articles fell back a little, too. However, I can still award a strong mark in this area. Blogging score 4/5.
Freelance & Publishing Resolutions
June saw the release of my first compilation of webcomics. I bundled together 52 comics, plus five bonus images. This book was created in landscape, rather than the usual portrait layout. My design skills are progressing.
I also learnt the basics of a new graphic design software, where I made banner adverts for DriveThruRPG. This is another long-term project, but I am pleased with the development of the banners. More practice is always needed, yet it feels like forward movement. Freelance score 4/5.
June was full of school events, so it was late in the month before I pushed forward with my fiction writing. I wrote the bulk of one FebShoMo draft, and worked on trimming my 7,000 word story. I submitted to another literary agent in June, but I really need more finished stories. Only average progress for June. Fiction score 3/5.
June proved poor for my Shadows of Ulubrae story arc, suffering again due to my busy schedule. The trip to UK Games Expo at the start of June was great, family gaming picked up through the month, and I finally tracked down a copy of Tiny Epic Galaxies. Only the lack of roleplaying held back the final mark. Gaming score 4/5.
The total for the month is a balanced 15/20. This is only one point less than the superb score for May. July has more school events, the end of term and a mass of chores around the house as we prepare for major building work. I fear the year has peaked for my writing, but I am sure there will be time for some progress through the rest of 2017.
Have you set yourself any resolutions for 2017? Share your thoughts in the comments below.