I haven't posted goals for a while because I haven't made them for a while. July's goals were mostly done and I did set goals for August, but I spent the entirety of August and September ill with the virus from hell. I didn't get a whole lot done for those two months. At all. In October I was recovering a little still, so it was nice to spend time doing whatever I felt like doing (I read a loooooot of books). Now that it's November, it's NaNoWriMo, so there didn't seem to be much point in setting goals.
I know I quit NaNoWriMo last year, but this year I decided to do my own NaNoWriMo. I'm not doing it officially. I'm not doing 50,000 words. Instead, I'm doing 30,000 words.
I bought Scrivener at some point since my last blog post and now I'll never write a novel in Word ever again. Unfortunately, the entirety of my current novel is in Word and it's still an editing nightmare after the last NaNoWriMo. My 30,000 words covers whatever ends up in Scrivener. I want 30,000 words of a new draft. So far, it's been a total rewrite, which is fine and I expected that I guess, but I am taking the odd bit from the old one. It's certainly helping me to write it out with the old one right there that I can refer to, but the story has changed so much with all the planning that I've done that it really isn't worth just editing what I had anymore.
So, at the end of November my goal is to have 30,000 words of my novel in Scrivener. It's doable enough that I'm unlikely to go off on a tangent and write a lot of shit that I then have to edit with a chainsaw. It took me eight months after the last NaNoWriMo to figure out how to solve the mess that I had. I'd really rather not do that again (although the end result is certainly interesting).
Finally, for December, after spending an entire month writing, I will be spending an entire month painting. I aim to get 25 paintings completed. I don't care what size they are, as long as there's 25 of them. I have an obscene amount of student paint that I need to use up. 25 paintings won't even scratch the surface I don't think, but it certainly can't hurt. I am really tempted to do one of the paintings with artist quality paint, but I think if I do that I'll just be stuck with my student paints forever while my artist paints get used up instead.
I would go through and write down all the things that have been done since July despite no goals, but that involves crawling through months of my diary and none of it will really be relevant anymore, so I won't.
I had an epiphany between the last post and this one about my paintings that's probably worth a mention, though. The WIP paintings that I still have no real desire to finish off have been finally abandoned. I think it's okay (at last) to admit when a painting has served its purpose. Either I learned something and want to move on or I made a mistake (and thus learned something) and there's no point in continuing. I want to finish the forget-me-not and the deathclaw and I think one other, but the rest are going to be scrap. I'm not going to force myself to work on them when I'd be much happier working on something else, there's no point. I no longer feel like I have to finish everything for the sake of having everything finished.
I aim to have the blog up to date, art-wise, by the end of the year. That includes all the paintings for December. Also all the art challenges, which are still lying around somewhere. I'm hoping that December's painting spree will stick around after December is over. I think if I managed my time a little better, I could do 1000 words and a quick painting each day. So that's another goal, I guess. Partly to improve my painting, mostly to use up all my student paint so I can move on to my artist quality paints at last, instead of sitting and staring at their packaging.
Also, I finally have an idea for what to paint for my blog header, so with any luck that'll be one of December's paintings!