I’m blogging a day early this week.
I decline to make resolutions this year because, let’s face it, we all forget about our resolutions by Valentine’s Day at the latest. Goals, though. Goals are measurable and goals can be self-motivating. As you make progress toward a goal, and see that you’re making progress, it becomes self-rewarding. Goals also tweak that competitive streak. So, I’ll make goals for the coming year.
- Dispose of BLOOD WILL TELL one way or another. It’s time to cut ties on this one and move on. BLOOD WILL TELL was originally written in 2009. It’s been queried fairly widely, had a few requests for partials or the full manuscript. A full is out now. If that agent declines, I’m going to e-pub it. I think it’s good enough. Besides, BLOOD WILL TELL is a paranormal romance. Everything I’m writing now is YA or MG. Finding the right agent for BLOOD WILL TELL and its sequels isn’t necessarily going to yield the right agent for my current and future works.
- Keep querying MAGE STORM. I really think this one is good enough, too.
- Get SEVEN STARS (hopefully with a better title) out there. This is my best yet. This means a polishing edit, getting a decent query together, writing the synopsis, and researching agents (although I can build on the list I already have for MAGE STORM).
- Get MAGIC’S FOOL polished up. It’s only a first draft right now. It’s going to need two or three more drafts. And readers. I have that slated for March. Like SEVEN STARS, I’ll want to give it a good long rest before the final edit. I probably won’t start querying this one until 2013 (assuming the Mayans were wrong, of course).
- Keep writing. Well, here I have an embarrassment of riches, even leaving aside the sequels to MAGE STORM and MAGIC’S FOOL. There are the two sequels to BLOOD WILL TELL. If I e-pub this, I’ll want the sequels as follow-ups. My YA alternate history, THE BARD’SGIFT. A new idea for a retelling of “Little Furball”. DREAMER’S ROSE, if I can ever figure out what that story needs to make it really shine. And a couple of short story ideas. I have to follow up on that Honorable Mention from Writers of the Future. I’ve got a couple of ideas. I’ve just been too swamped with the novels to write them.
- Get a regular exercise program established. It has to be something I can do at home. Possibly something to make walking the dogs a little more fitness-related as well. Something I won’t mind keeping up when the weather turns warm, too. My measurable goal for this is modest. Two pounds a month. If I can lose two pounds a month it would make a real difference in so many ways.
- Repair my seriously broken sleep habits. I sleep for four or five hours, get up and putter around for two and then go back to bed. Ridiculous. I need to work towards one lump of continuous sleep. (Unless, of course, a great idea hits me in the middle of the night. That has happened once or twice.)
- Get the vegetable garden cleaned up and back in full production. Keep it that way.