HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!!
Wow, 2017 is finally over and it’s time to welcome in 2018. There just something about a new year, something about that fresh start, a new beginning. No matter how bad it gets, we look forward to that moment in time where the slate feels wiped clean and we get to try it all over again. And 2017 got pretty bad.
It’s also the time for goals and resolutions! Who doesn’t love this part? Feeling invincible, like we can move mountains while discreetly ignoring all the goals we forgot about last year. Oops. But hey, at least we forgot about them and just didn’t ignore them, there’s a difference, okay?
Luckily for me, I cheated the system and only had ONE goal last year! Yup. That’s the way you do it. My 2017 goal? WRITE MORE! And how did I do? I know I already checked in once, but let’s take a closer look just because we can, shall we? Don’t worry, I won’t make a big deal out of it or anything.
191k! We have 191k new words people!!! DO YOU SEE THAT!?!?! Who did that? I DID THAT! LOOK WHAT I DID!!!
I’ll give you a moment to pick your jaws up off the floor. I know, it’s kind of a miracle. I actually wrote something.
But as much I’d love to revel in my awesomeness forever and spend all of 2018 happily snuggling fluffy bunnies, I know I need to keep myself focused. So I dedicate this post to laying it all out and giving myself some more clear-cut steps to achieving my dreams.
But I’m still going to snuggle fluffy bunnies. You can’t stop me.
It’s time to return to my very first novel: Fairytale! After finishing its first draft mid-2017 I decided to put it aside for a bit and let it rest. Well, it’s rested long enough. Time to wake up sleeping beauty!! Oh wait, wrong story.
I don’t expect this to be easy. I’m arming myself with a lot of patience, red ink and emergency chocolate, and even then I’m still prepared for a meltdown (or seven). But it’s going to be worth it. At the moment I’m simply trying to attack my to-do list as sneakily and efficiently as possible. Including, but not limited to…
- Editing (of all sorts, development, line, copy, proofread…)
- Beta Readers
- Professional Cover
- Hard Copy Edition
It’s going to be awesome.
Finish 3 More Novels
And when I say finish, I really mean first drafts. Because come on, let’s not go crazy here. So what’s next up on the docket?
- Ocean’s Daughter
I know I only finished 2 novels in 2017, but Crucible is SO CLOSE to being done! And since its storyline and characters still own my heart, I’m pretty excited to get back to it and finish it up. Both Spellbound and Ocean’s Daughter are approximately 1/3 complete, so they’ll be a little more of a challenge, but who doesn’t love challenges!?!
Oh, wait. Me. I don’t love challenges. Ugh.
Start 1-2 New Novels
As much as I want to start ALL of my future projects, I’m limiting myself to 2. That’s called restraint. It’s also the quickest path to Writers Meltdown, but let’s ignore that fun tid-bit for awhile. I have about 20+ outlines in various stages of completion, but in keeping with the general progress of my series, I’m 99% certain my upcoming projects will be retellings of:
- The Emperor’s New Clothes
- Little Red Riding Hood
I’m quite excited for both of them! And because I’m sure you’re just at the edge of your seat in anticipation, not to worry, I’ll delve deeper into them in later posts.
Because my previous goal is to complete 3 other novels, I assume I’ll only have time to start 2 new ones. There’s that very slim chance I might be able to start a 3rd, but I’m trying to keep myself in check here people. I’m only allowed to jump between 3 projects at a time as I find it’s the best way to keep myself equal part refreshed and focused.
Post More Discussion Posts
So, I really love this blog and really want to see it thrive. And here’s the thing; I actually have a laundry list of discussion posts I want to get around to writing someday. Before I even launched this blog I sat around like a loon brainstorming about 392742847 possible discussion posts, and as you can see I’ve posted about 2 of them. The reasons for this are twofold.
- What if I run out of ideas??? What do I do if I don’t hoard my ideas like a dragon and then my brain is empty and everyone realizes how non-interesting I truly am?????
- What if I say the wrong things? I know people have this illusion that once you’re old you stop caring if others judge you, but trust me, I’m basically still a 9 year old. I want to write about things such as religion in fiction or the judgement against indie books, but how can I when those topics are a potential minefield? Nope. Can’t do it. Too scary.
See? I knew my fears were completely justified.
Little known fact, but I fancy myself an art-eest. Why yes, I am quite talented, thank you. Unfortunately no, you can’t have my autograph, it just wouldn’t be fair to the rest of the world.
Truth is, I’ve loved drawing for just about as long as I’ve loved writing. Sadly, over the years, I’ve fallen out of practice, and it’s like a piece of me is missing (cue violins). Honestly, I simply feel better once I’ve made the time to get back to my artwork, even if it’s just a little sketch or doodle. I likely won’t share it here (as I don’t want to blind you with my awesomeness), but I definitely want to still do it for me.
Sadly, 2017 (and 2016, 2015, 2014…) was not a good reading year for me. The more I grow up, the more my energy, time and focus feels stretched thin, and it’s impossible to do everything. Moral of the story? Don’t grow up.
But thanks to the amazing new book blogs I’ve discovered over the past year or so, my TBR has exploded! I miss reading SO much and losing my soul/life/spirit to an amazing book. Still, I’m trying to keep this goal low key. Even though I consider myself a fairly quick reader, I want to keep this goal as relaxing as possible. Therefore, no numbers to achieve, no specific series to go through, nothing. Just read more regularly. That’s it.
Let’s be honest, 2017 was a bit of a cluster. So 2018 can only get better, right? That’s the mindset I try to take anyway. Look ahead, try my absolute very best and keep moving forward.
Are you excited for 2018? Do you have any goals or resolutions? Are you happy with what you accomplished in 2017?