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With the big ’14 looming close, it is time to re-evaluate my current course and adjust as needed.  2013 has been a year of learning:

I have established myself in my profession.  I have survived another record year and the first half of an expansion of our facilities. 

I may not have met my 6-month goal to complete the first draft of Surviving Dreamseeds, but I have written over 49k words (more than any prior writing project), and I am confident that I can have a first draft completed by the end of first quarter, 2014. 

I have learned a lot about publishing, both through traditional and independent venues.  2013 was this year I realized how much of a democratizing force independent and self-publishing authors have become.  While a traditional book deal would suit my goals, I no longer feel completely dependent on a system of agents, book proposals and slush piles to reach my full potential.  I find a great amount of freedom in that. 

I have had the opportunity to become a leader, both in the workplace and out.  I have also realized my leadership skills need much improvement.  I have a good base to build upon, but if I am going to continue to fill the shoes of an expert in the manufacturing sector (as well as in other areas), I will need to reach new levels of humility and knowledge.  I see these two things as the keys to growth in the area of leadership. 

Based on this, here are my yearly goals for 2014:

Bullet; Black Complete Surviving Dreamseeds: the Pandemic such that it will be ready for publication by year’s end

Bullet; Black Read at least one  book per month

Bullet; Black Post monthly blog updates

Bullet; Black Attend at least one convention (SPOILER ALERT: If you watch NakaseArt, this is one of her goals, as well END SPOILER)

Bullet; Black Take at least one short trip per month to a local museum, attraction or park

There are other professional goals related to day job activities, not included here because listing them out would make this journal very jargon-y.  Not many of you like a jargon-y journal, right?  

As always, keep in touch and keep me accountable.  Thanks for sticking with me through this wild ride.  I’m looking forward to celebrating our progress with all of you 365 days from now.  

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Wollfisch Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Baramin-Fatalis Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a bunch for the fav! I really appreciate it!
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