#ALCGC2017 May Check-In

#ALCGC2017 May Check-In

“The ARHtistic License Creative Goals Challenge for 2017” is quite a mouthful. I’ve created a shorthand nickname for it. Let’s use the Twitter hashtag #ALCGC2017 to tweet about our goals.

Another month down. How are you doing on your creative goals?

I missed a few days of Scripture reading. I’m back on track now.

I haven’t gotten a handle on the clutter in my study. ARG!Palette bing free commercial

I’ve written no poetry in National Poetry Month.

I’ve done no artwork.

I’ve focused on getting a month ahead on my blog. I’m close.

I finished my rewrite of The God of Paradox into a Bible study, just working on it on Saturdays since the first of the year. I’m planning to test-drive it with my Bible study group, when we finish our current book (Hebrews).


I’ve made good progress on rewriting The Unicornologist this past month.

And I received two paychecks for articles this month—my first writing paydays in seventeen years. “How to Hold a Writers Retreat” is in the May-June 2017 issue of Christian Communicator. (I forgot about that one—submitted it eighteen months ago.) And Primary Treasures bought my article, “Putting on Full Armor” for a future issue. (I originally wrote it twenty years ago. I’ve been spending my Sunday writing time rewriting and submitting manuscripts in my file cabinet from back in my freelancing days.)

guitarI’m up to page 42 in Essential Elements for Guitar and Unit 12 in The Sweet Pipes Recorder Book. Making slow but steady progress on guitar, recorder, and piano.

So, I’ve had some successes and some failures this month—par for a creative’s life.

If your progress this year has been mixed, it’s okay to reevaluate your goals and adjust them. I set ambitious objectives this year, and I’m not doing as much as I think I’m capable of, but I am working my little buttinsky off.

Now it’s your turn. ARHtistic License was created to help foster growth among the creative community. I’d love to know how all of you are doing so far in 2017, so I (and ARHtistic License readers) can encourage you. Don’t be shy! If you’re keeping accountable on your blog, paste a link into the comments below. Or if you don’t have a blog, just tell us your successes and your challenges this past month. Check in on June 1, 2017 to share your progress during May.

4 responses »

  1. It sounds like you’ve been quite busy with creative endeavors! Good luck with your goals for the year. Your comment about re-evaluating your goals resonated for me. Last year I should have done that and might have salvaged a little more of my goals than I managed.

    I participated in Camp NaNoWriMo in April. I met my goal (which was a set number of hours spent editing my novel), but I didn’t make as much progress on the edit as I had hoped. Maybe my expectations of how long a good edit should take were off. I’ve decided to regularize my blogging for the rest of this year with a set schedule of 2 articles per month, on the first and third Monday. If I have vagrant ideas for a timely article, I’ll occasionally go for three articles.

    For now, back to that edit!

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    • I am working on the final edit of my work-in-progress–which has been in progress for twenty years, off and on. I don’t know what your expectations of how long a good edit should take are, but I’ll bet you weren’t thinking twenty years. Yet I don’t think I could have turned it out much faster–my skills just weren’t there. I hope the next one doesn’t take as long, though.
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


  2. Hey, Andrea! Congrats on the paychecks! I know you want to be artistically true to yourself first and foremost, but having your palms greased a little bit here and there is a nice little perk, too…. Continued success!

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