At the beginning of the year I set several goals for myself, including writing four books in 2010. I'm going to achieve the goal of writing four books . . . but unfortunately, I doubt I will have four books accepted for publication. The writing and the publishing of books are two very different things!
As I've aged, I've had to temper my expectations a bit when it comes to print. I can easily write four books a year, year after year. In fact, one year I actually had five books published, and another year, three . . . but the difficulties of carrying this out on a consistent basis have become more pronounced. Still, I do have several book proposals floating around out there, and there are still four months left in 2010. So, it could happen.
Nevertheless, I have to admit that I've missed this goal for 2010. I have failed. I am weak. I have missed the mark once again.
But let this be a lesson to all you boys and girls. I'm not lowering the bar for 2011. I'm upping it. As I look ahead, I'm going to set a goal for five books in 2011. I'll write them. Not doubt about that. But I'm also hoping for five contracts, too.
Put me in, coach. I'm ready to sign.