As a year many said was the worst ever (there are some from the Middle Ages who would dispute that) comes to a close, I’m thinking about what I would like to do in 2017. Every time I try to type that number—2017—my finger goes to the “8” instead of the “7”, so maybe even bigger things happen in 2018 than what awaits in 2017?
Instead of writing a lot of eloquent paragraphs I’ll just list this out. I don’t like the word “resolution” because I feel like it’s something people say they’ll do but never stick to. So here are my goals:
1. Be kinder to others.
2. Behave and be boring. I’m a firm believer that “boring” is synonymous with “safe.”
3. No selfies unless they’re book- or business-related.
4. Submit book two in the Ten Points series to my publisher (after maybe one more lookover) and have it out hopefully by mid-2017.
5. Pick up the mess that is book three in the series and pull it together into a coherent story (and have it out by 2018?).
6. Finish what I’ve started on book four (it’s standalone—no Ten Points; no vampires) in the first 90 days of 2017, find a literary agent, secure a literary agent, and find a larger publisher for that one. (2018? 2019? …)
7. After I’m done with book three and book four, start a fifth novel (there’s a lot of lost time to make up for when you weren’t published until age 40).
8. Read more (I did okay this past year but can do better).
9. Read more classics.
10. Write more short fiction—and be less inclined to put every piece of short fiction I write up on Kindle Direct. I have a feeling I’ll look back one day and wish I had kept a couple of those stories to myself.
11. Compile the short fiction of similar genre into a book of short stories (I’ll likely self-publish this one on Kindle and do a paperback version on Createspace).
12. Attend a writers’ conference.
13. Save more money so I can attend a writers’ conference.
14. Stay single (seriously).
15. Go the gym more (I get a C-minus for 2016).
16. Start back running again (I get a D-minus for 2016 on that one).
17. Go back to a stricter pescetarian diet (the good news—I ate little red meat or pork in 2016).
Those are some of mine. What are some of yours?