Second Quarter Goals

Things are getting green again
Things are getting green around here, but not much else has changed – and that’s fine with me!

It’s been another quiet week here, and I made good progress on figuring out my WIP. I don’t have a word count this time, since a lot of what I did included deleting and changing. But that doesn’t really matter since it’s just notes. I have not yet figured out the ending, but that usually comes to me as I get closer to it, so at this point, I should have enough to break into a list of scenes (i.e., outline) and get back to the writing.


It’s now the start of ROW80 Round 2 and the second quarter, so time to review my goals. Last quarter, my writing goal was to add 16,000 words to the WIP. I ended up with about 13,000, which is a lot more than I thought I did, so I’ll consider that “failing to success.” I also met my learning goal of completing two online workshops. I ran a little behind on my goal of learning something about copyright once a month, but I did that this past week, and summarized what I learned below.

This quarter/Round, I’m going to stick to the same goals:

  • 16,000 words on the WIP
  • Two online workshops
  • Learn about copyright once a month, or three times
  • I also want to choose a theme for my website revamp, which was a bonus goal last quarter (obviously not done)

More on Copyright

Most of this month’s reading on copyright had to do with registering collections of items, such as newspapers or magazines. Items published within a single calendar year can be registered as a group, but how many and how often depends on how often the periodical is published. A daily newspaper should be registered once a month, after the last day’s articles are published. A magazine that only publishes once a month may wait until the year is up, but it’s recommended to register every three months, so that the registration is “timely” and provides all the protections in case of infringement.

The part of this that’s more likely to apply to fiction writers is the fact that we can register multiple short works together–for example, short stories that appeared in different anthologies, magazines, etc., for a single registration fee. Like periodicals themselves, these stories/articles could be copyrighted as a single group that’s been published within a calendar year. And the same caveat applies where the author may want to register few items every three months to ensure that they are all registered in a timely manner to provide maximum protection.

Something else to note about group copyright registration is that the claimant (author or rights-holder) must be the same person(s) or entity.

What I’ve Been Reading

I still haven’t finished the novel I started last week, so nothing to report here.

What I’ve Been Writing

As noted above, more notes. This week, I want to break down my notes into a list of scenes (outline), and start back into writing. For learning, I want to do Week 2 of the WMG Workshop I started last week on studying fiction.

What about you–how are things going where you are? I hope you’re staying healthy! Has the pandemic made it more difficult to work on your goals, or has it given you more time–or like me, not affected things so far? How are you doing on whatever goals you might have, whether writing or otherwise? Please share in the comments–I love to hear from you!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

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  1. Very nice blog and I like your presentation. You did a nice job. Feel free to visit my blog this week at I just posted a short story. Take care. Shirley

  2. Yay for getting your story figured out! I’m making progress on my book. My word count fell short by a little less than 300 words, so under the circumstances I’m calling it a win. I managed to two in a very interesting webinar class (I’ve got something like 10 more to go).Reading is where I am falling far behind. Just can’t seem to focus. Hope you have a great week.

  3. The pandemic has forced me to pause some goals, especially the ones implying recording videos, since my daughters are home 24/7 for now.

    I’ve decided goals would have to he flexible until confinement is over.

    Stay healthy Jennette, and good luck with your goals!

  4. Yay for progress, however it comes!
    My goal this month is to finish Ghostly Protector. I’m so close to the end, it could happen this week. **fingers crossed**

    Can’t say the pandemic has made me write more. I was doing that before. In fact, my life hasn’t changed all that much, since I didn’t go out much as it was. Except I’m cooking more. I miss eating in restaurants, but so far I haven’t poisoned anyone, so that’s good!

    I’m finding I get depressed easily now, though. Our June vacation has been cancelled and friends are dropping out of the book convention I’m attending late July. I know it can’t be helped, but it still makes me feel sad.

    I just hope the warmer weather will kill this virus. Right now it seems to be our only hope until a vaccine is created.

  5. Yay!! Progress. I’m stilling figuring out the ending of my book as well, but I’m getting there.

    You’re “new” view is gorgeous. I love all the different shades of green this time of year.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  6. Hi, Jennette! Is that your view from your house? If so, jealous!

    I’m settling into a routine now that hubby is working from home full-time. Trying to get back on track with writing and work.

    Random note: Not sure if you saw, but Dean Wesley Smith posted that the WMG workshops on Teachable are half-off until Friday evening. This has nothing to do with your post, except that I think you’ve mentioned you read his work and I thought you might be interested. He has details and the promo code on his website.


  7. Thanks, Fallon and Shirley!

    Lynette, I’d consider that failing to success. Good luck this week!

    Rui Chan, being flexible is the best way to get through this! Let’s hope it ends soon, and good luck!

    Stacy, I think I saw that you did finish, so congrats! That’s a bummer about your trips and the con. I’m with you – hope it’s beaten back soon!

    Patricia, thanks! And good luck with your WIP too.

    Denise, yes, that’s from teh back of our house – we love it! I have a lifetime subscription to the WMG workshops, so I take a lot of them – and yes, that’s a great deal!