Happy New Year, everyone! If you got some time off during the holidays, I hope you used it wisely. I actually set aside time over the break to let my brain rest, which really isn’t something I’ve done before. I needed a break, and the result was a truly fresh start Wednesday morning when I went back to my desk job writing marketing copy.
Well, I wrote down my personal goals for 2012, and I think it helped me stay on task. So, I’m going to try the same thing again.
First off, I thought I’d start with a kind of goal I haven’t tried since before I was in high school. The summer of one year (I can’t remember which one, but I don’t think I was in high school yet), I set a goal to read a bunch of different classic novels. If I remember right, I read Mansfield Park by Jane Austen, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper. There might have been others, but those are the ones I remember.
Since then, I really haven’t set reading goals. I just read. Granted, I read a lot, though not as much as I would like to. But something happened at Christmas 2012.
I was given the first three books in Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series!
Can you hear the trumpets sounding? It’s only one of the most epic epics out there. Twelve books in all so far. Twelve! With number thirteen on the way!
I’ve read Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series, and I loved it. I adore Patrick Rothfuss’s work, and I’m a big fan of Anne McCaffery too. And I just recently got the opportunity to read a Discworld book by Terry Pratchett (Monstrous Regiment). So I’m really looking forward to digging into the Wheel of Time series.
But that’s what I’m setting as my big reading goal in 2013! Anything else I end up reading along the way will be gravy.
- Goal #1: Finish the Wheel of Time series as it stands now … and hope that the next book comes out before I get done with the first twelve! Because I’m not good at waiting!
I self-published a book of devotionals in 2012, and it turned out to be far more popular than I anticipated. I had expected to sell around 50 (if I were lucky), and so far I’ve sold three times that with more orders on the way. No, it’s not bestseller status, but it’s a big deal for me!
So, I think I’m going to try it again with another devotional book that I will hopefully release before fall 2013. With a little more experience under my belt, I’m eager to try self-publishing now that I know how the process works.
So, you can be looking for the Second Volume of AlwaysPeachy Devotionals sometime toward the end of 2013.
In the mean time, I’m also building a web site to promote the First Volume. And I can use it to promote the second volume too. We may even end up doing book signings on this. Crazy.
- Goal #2: Publish a second book of devotionals.
- Goal #3: Build and publish a web site to promote both.
I got so much done on the novel front in 2012. True, the majority of them were edited drafts that I finally got around to completing, but I was still pretty proud of myself. And I plan to continue that same forward momentum in 2013.
I have a standalone novel (Working Title: The Mountain Requires Blood) set in Guatemala that’s currently in its first draft. I feel like it’s one of the best things I’ve ever written, and it’s my main goal this year to get it finished by June 2013. And if I don’t get it finished, I want it to be in a state that I feel comfortable submitting it to agents and/or publishers.
I also want to get it done because I plan to attend the 2013 Glen Eyrie Writing Workshop again, and I’ve heard a rumor (note: rumor!) that there will be an additional track for attendees who have completed novels. So I’d like to have it ready for that.
Then, of course, aside from working on it, I plan to continue working on the other two series I’m writing: The Morningstar Series and the Adventures of the Rainbows of Light. I have another trilogy to finish for each of them, and I’d like to accomplish that this year.
- Goal #4: Finish The Mountain Requires Blood
- Goal #5: Finish Morningstar Series: Covenant Trilogy Part One
- Goal #6: Finish Morningstar Series: Covenant Trilogy Part Two
- Goal #7: Finish Morningstar Series: Covenant Trilogy Part Three
- Goal #8: Finish Revenant (AROL04)
- Goal #9: Finish Remnant (AROL05)
- Goal #10: Finish Redemption (AROL06)
I tried to write one new short story a month last year, and I didn’t do so hot. So I’m going to back off a little and aim to write a new short story every two months. I have a couple of ideas that are just waiting for attention, but I’m not sure if I can get to them.
With everything else that’s going on, I’m going to admit that this will be the first goal I let slip if things start getting too crazy.
- Goal #11: Finish short story for Jan/Feb
- Goal #12: Finish short story for Mar/Apr
- Goal #13: Finish short story for May/Jun
- Goal #14: Finish short story for Jul/Aug
- Goal #15: Finish short story for Sept/Oct
- Goal #16: Finish short story for Nov/Dec
With the return of drama ministry to my awesome church, you can bet there will be some dramas appearing on here. I can’t really set a specific goal for the skits themselves as I’m not even sure what is needed at this point. But I’ll include a goal I didn’t get to from last year—writing this epic Easter play.
I’ve got it mostly plotted out. I just need to write it.
- Goal #17: Write Three Days, Three Nights Easter play
And then, of course, I will continue to submit my work anywhere and everywhere. I’m just waiting for the day when I submit something and it’s accepted and I get paid like a normal writer. So far, that hasn’t happened.
But maybe 2013 will be the year!
- Goal #18: Continue to submit short stories for publication
That’s all she wrote!
That’s all the goals I can think of. Looking back over my list, this is every bit as ambitious (if not more so) than last year, but I am hopeful that I’ll get a good chunk of it done.
May 2013 be a great year for everyone. Happy writing! And good luck with your own goals!