I don’t do New Year’s resolutions, but I do like to set goals for myself to keep me productive. First, let me see what goals I set for myself last year:
I have two short stories in the back of my skull that need an excuse to be born. I only have three stories out there actively searching for a home. So I’m going to set my goal for six short stories.
On the novel front, I have three definite projects: Scout (my first sci-fi novel attempt), Pimp My Airship (I need to commit to doing this … and soon), and a Middle Grade detective novel (children’s books have my interest of late). Then I will return to my collaboration with Wrath James White before he crawls through teh Interwebz and chokes my procrastinating ass or figure out what I need to do with Steppin Razor.
Next is the report card. I don’t know what two short stories were percolating in the back of my head, but neither of them got written. Stories I wrote were:
-Being in Shadow (Appalachian Undead)
-Voices of the Martyrs (done on spec for a theme anthology)
-Family Dinner (Punchnel’s)
-The Invitation (not really a short story, but as the text for an illustrated children’s novel, it runs about short story length)
As for the novels:
-Scout became Nomad and is under consideration at a couple houses.
-Special Ed: The Usual Suspects is my Middle Grade novel that has been sent to my agent
-Wrath: Wrath James White received my section of our novel collaboration. Any delay is now officially on him.
But that was it. I didn’t get as far as I thought I would. I blame some of this on the freelance projects I picked up. Plus, we did get Dark Faith: Invocations put to bed. So I basically wrote half as much as I thought I would. Thinking through my 2013 goals:
-I will begin the year with Steppin’ Razor (novella), The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (my Pimp My Airship novelization), and a short story set in my steamfunk universe.
-I have four stories I “have” to write, but I’d like to get six completed.
-I will complete my half of the Wrath book.
-I have a movie script I need to get going on.
-I have two novels and two short stories to dust off, revise, and get into the publication pipeline.
I’m pretty sure that’s it, but I’m leaving myself some flexibility. I never know when a new project will pop up or if a project will demand me to revisit it. Plus, well, the day job. Hopefully some of the projects I have in the pipeline will actually see the light of day in 2013 (speaking of, the piece of art above is there for foreshadowing purposes). Here’s hoping you see a lot of me.