Or in my case, wonder how any of last year’s resolutions made it past January 15th.
Last weekend I pulled out a dusty piece of paper from my desk and I was surprised how many of my 2013 resolutions I was able to achieve:
1) Write daily – Well, with my work schedule this was probably a stupid resolution and I am sure it was the first to fall by the wayside. However, the point of this goal was to write more often and I can honestly say I accomplished that this year.
2) Read 10 books – I actually read 11.
3) Put two books/stories into print – Yes and no. I was thrilled to have my short story, “Rev,” included in the Manifesto UF anthology. I also signed a contract to publish “Dreams of Ivory and Gold” with Angelic Knight Press and that will arrive in April. I am going to count this as a half a point.
4) Finish writing “Jacked” – Completed the manuscript in April, final edits were done by July and the full manuscript is currently with an agent. I hope to know something definitive by the end of January.
5) Finish writing “Alpis” – No and yes. I not only did not finish Alpis, I never got past the research and outlining stages. However, I did complete three short stories-I never write shorts anymore-and two of them were accepted into anthologies. Again, one half-point.
6) Finish writing “City” – I have not completed the novel but it is outlined and I have about 30,000 words on paper. This work will have a first draft done by the end of January and hopefully be ready for marketing by late spring. Half a point.
7) Start sequel to “Dreams” – Nope.
8) Start sequel to “Jacked” – Nope.
So, out of eight possible points, I made it to four. Not exactly stellar but considering how little I have been able to write over the past three or four years, this was a very good year for putting words to paper. As I sit down later tonight to work on a new list for 2014, that is what I will try to keep in mind – that my goal is to continue to write and publish more every year. If you check back with the site next year, hopefully that is exactly what I will be reporting.
Have a safe and happy new year!