Tuesday 2 January 2024: December wrap-up

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I made a few decisions during December to stop doing a few things, some of which appeared on the to-do list for the last time. I also calculated how much time I had to work on my own material going forward, and how many different projects I could take on, the details of which can be found in the bit in the middle post at the end of last week.

I started work on three short stories during December, but they grew and grew and grew into something bigger than what I can turn around in a few days. I won’t be sending the fallen angel trilogy off just yet, but I will schedule them in properly in the new year. They’re ticked below because I did work on them and because I’m not being specific in what part of the process I’m actually working on.

December wrap-up

Here, then, is how December went:

  • new month wordcount & progress spreadsheets for December ✅
  • The Secret of Whitehorse Farm
  • (week) daily blog post ✅
  • weekly tech scan ✅
  • weekly backup ✅
  • weekly diary work ✅
  • post the latest chapters of Diary of a Scaredy Cat to Substack every Monday ✅
  • attend PF Writing Hour on X (formerly Twitter) every Tuesday ✅ (abandoned towards end of month/year)
  • continue to edit the naval book ✅
  • Monkey Dust admin every Monday ✅
  • Diane’s gig list admin every Monday and Thursday ✅
  • finances for January ✅
  • tax return ✅
  • take dog to vet twice ✅
  • The Loch Ness Monster (short story)(project cancelled)
  • The Midnight Labyrinth (short story) ✅ (project deferred)
  • Fallen Angel (short story) ✅ (project deferred)
  • The Map of Lost Places (short story) ✅ (project deferred)
  • The Two of Wands (short story)(project deferred)
  • Laughter is the Best Medicine (article)(project cancelled)
  • monthly schedule planning for January ✅
  • 2 weeks holiday ❎ (I had just over a week off in the end)
  • Christmas ✅


  • doctor’s appointment ✅
  • finish editing naval book ✅

How did your December go?

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2 thoughts on “Tuesday 2 January 2024: December wrap-up

  1. It was a pretty decent December. I’m taking a few months to gather information on productivity and time, to see what I have to adjust for the rest of the year.

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