So far, the 2020’s aren’t treating us so awesome, but new year, fresh slate. We’re all sneaking into 2022, hoping it doesn’t notice us (and hoping it doesn’t realize it’s pronounced 2020 two). Still, I do enjoy a good new year to light a fire under my butt and set some goals.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the best at keeping resolutions, but if things get tough I like to take a step back and be kind to myself (even though as I’m writing this I’ve eaten 6 fun-size chocolate bars from my daughter’s Christmas stocking, and I haven’t even gotten to my list yet).
Goal 1: Writing
I can break this goal down into a few parts.
Finish Querying THE EMPEROR’S CARVER
You’ve heard it before, but I’ll say it again: don’t set things beyond your control as goals. It will only lead to heartache. This is a prime example. Instead of setting “sign with an agent” for my 2021/2022 goals, I shoot for “send out 50 queries.”
CARVER had a good run, and I think there’s an entertaining story in there (buried pretty deep), but we need a break from each other.
Start Querying THE ORDER OF THE CHARRED
My third novel is actually an extensive rewrite of my first (awful trashfire) novel. The characters of my heart are back and in a prettier (and shorter) book with an actual plot.
Finish Drafting and Editing FOREST OF TAINTED THORNS
My fourth novel is an experiment in first person present. It’s been fun to write so far (as long as I block out the slog from 30,000-35,000 words), and I just hit the 43,000 mark.
Submit a new short story to a magazine/contest/anthology each month
Goal 2: Running
2020 and 2021 saw some major hindrances to running a half marathon in each state. Obviously, 2020 was slow because everything was canceled and 2021’s races suffered from an acute case of baby-pressing-on-my-bladder-with-every-step.
9 states down, 41 to go! We’re looking at hitting up Oregon and Idaho to start off in April, which means I need to put my running shoes back on and start training.
So, here’s to 2022, a fresh start and a new chapter. I’d better stop procrastinating and get back to writing. Happy New Year, everyone!