Happy New Year! I hope your celebrations were festive and you’re ready to tackle 2018. I don’t exactly make New Year’s resolutions, but I do like to set myself goals at the turning of the year. I also try to set specific actions so that they turn into accomplishments instead of just staying ephemeral wishes.
A lot of mine this year are focused on writing and planning my production schedule for the next Crossroads of Worlds books, but I have a few others as well.
Crossroads of Worlds
My goal for 2018 is to edit Queen of Storms and write the next two as-yet untitled books. Back in the fall, I had hopes of getting Queen of Storms out in January, but it ended up needing a lot more words than the first two, so consequently, it took a lot longer to write! I finished the first draft last night. I’m going to clean up the draft this week and get it to my first readers and editor. I’m now looking at a March publication date. But for those of you who wanted to see more of Faerie, and who felt that the first books felt maybe a little short, I think you’ll really enjoy QoS.
I also have a bit of a Rowan prequel written that may end up as a bonus short story or novella. (I started writing it because I needed to nail down some of the details about his past before I write book 4. I do this all the time when I need to know more about characters. But in this case, there’s the structure for an actual story, not just a vignette.)
This year, I was so focused on Crossroads of Worlds and learning how to self-publish that I let writing short stories mostly fall by the wayside. I miss writing them, so this year I’m challenging myself to write a short story a month in addition to longer works, and submitting them to magazine.
As a side note to all the writing, I’m also keeping a spreadsheet of my wordcounts so at the end of the year, I’ll be able to look back and see how much I’ve written. I have a very lackadaisical system right now where I write down how much I wrote in my planner when I remember. (I also give myself a sticker if I write over 1000 words. Right now because of my push to the end of QoS, there are a lot of little dinosaurs all over the pages.) In addition to a pretty basic one I made myself, I’m using the 2018 wordcount tracker by the fabulous Christie Yant. You can grab one here.
When I look at my blog archive, there are long stretches where nothing but tumbleweeds blew through here. I’d like to have at minimum a post here every two weeks, so that not a fortnight goes by without a post.
Just for fun
I picked up calligraphy again last year, and I want to keep practicing this year, and painting more. A sketchbook painting every weekend sounds like a reasonable goal. (I’ve been painting about one a day over this long weekend, but that’s without work or the kids’ school schedules to worry about.
I am a pretty active person. My sister is my workout partner, and I usually get in 4 to 6 workouts a week. Over the last year or so, I added strength training and high intensity workouts to my schedule, and it wasn’t long before I could really tell that my fitness and athleticism had leveled up; my formerly hard workouts got a lot easier. However, I’m heavier than I’d like to be. My main concern is that I don’t want to put any additional stress on my joints. I’d like to be this active for a very long time! So my goal is less wine, more vegetables, and more mindfulness around snacks, while maintaining my current level of activity. The action for this one is logging what I eat and drink on My Fitness Pal so I can see what I’m doing and head off some of my bad habits at the pass.
I so enjoyed traveling last year. I want to do more of it in 2018. There are a lot of gorgeous state parks in Alabama, and I’d like to take the kids to see three they’ve never been to this year. (If they are three I’ve never been to either, that’s even more of a bonus!) I downloaded an app called AllTrails when we went to Oak Mountain state park, and it showed me a few parks I’d never heard of, so I’m looking forward to exploring once the weather is suitable again.
So that’s what I’m aiming for in 2018. May you accomplish whatever it is you’re aiming for this year.