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.