It’s that time of year! Let’s see how I’ve done on my New Year’s Resolutions.
Last year’s resolutions were:
- Finish Daughter of Madness.
- Finish APM.
- Successfully attend Futurescapes.
- Successfully attend my planned events, RAI and MystiCon.
- Figure out my next novel project and start on it.
- Be better at not over-committing myself, and on following through.
- Keep up with my short story craft.
I think overall I’ve done pretty well with all of these. Daughter of Madness is published. I drafted APM and took it to Futurescapes to workshop, which was a blast. I made it to Roanoke Author Invasion and had one of my best years there, and attended MystiCon as well. And I have continued to write and edit short stories, though I’m a little behind on some of my work there.
As for my next novel project, I’ve been working on research and outlines for a couple of ideas. I’m not really sure what I’m doing yet, and more on that next week, but I did finish a whole other novella after APM for my Patreon subscribers. The Patreon is a huge win this year, in my opinion, though I am excited for it to continue to grow. I didn’t have any specific resolutions regarding it, so everything has been extra credit, as it were.
As for not over-committing myself…this is a thing I am still working on. I don’t think that I will ever be totally free of the impulse to add to my plate on projects. But I’ve been a little less frantic in the latter half of this year, trying to take the time to recharge. I’ve also been working on figuring out what I actually want from my writing career. That navel-gazing will probably continue going forward, but I’m hopeful that it will be valuable time spent prioritizing my efforts, and that those priorities will help guide me in balancing the many aspects of my life.
Thanks to everyone who has supported me this year. Here’s to the end of 2018!
Happy New Year!