On a regular basis, I find myself astonished at the realization that the books in my head are not going to jump wholly-formed and fully edited into my computer without me. It’s as if I internalized Newton’s (unwritten) Law of Writing that quite reasonably asserts that a book in need of writing will automatically write itself. I mean, what’s with all the stress, and anxiety, and laboring over ideas, and writing and rewriting and rewriting again, and thinking? How about: I’ve got an idea, hey look, now it’s a book!
So, in an effort to take myself to task, I sat down and hashed out my 2017 plan. Don’t be mistaken! I also have a ten year plan. It’s beautiful. And scary. Very, very scary. It’s also regularly inaccurate, since I don’t have a nice blue police call box that can help me zip about through time and fix (my) mistakes. Or a supersonic keyboard. *sigh* At least I’m married to a doctor (of the political science variety).
So here we have it, my 2017 Writing Goals as per my highly terrifying ten year plan:
1. Write and Revise Sunbolt, Book 3: I’m hoping to complete the draft I have, send it to beta readers, and then revise it following their feedback. While there’s not much I can guarantee, I can promise this: Book 3 won’t be ready for release before the end of 2017. Even with the most planning I have ever done (read: over two months spent hashing and rehashing the outline), I still expect that I will need at least four revisions and two beta reading rounds. Hopefully, though, by the end of the year I’ll have a good idea of when it might release.
2. Revise Theft (Rae’s story): Because otherwise I might get lynched. Also, because Rae’s ready to get written, and I’ve found some good options for sensitivity readers and consults regarding Rae’s disability. I’m also hoping to get this to beta readers sometime this year.
3. Revise one other work: Mostly because my calendar seems to think I can do this, even though I think that might be insane. I will get to pick between a novella-sized retelling of a Celtic fairy tale I have sitting on my hard drive (about a girl who can run like the wind and outwit giants) and a novel-sized retelling of an Arab fairy tale (also sitting on my hard drive) about a girl who rescues the prince from captivity among the jinn. Any thoughts on which one you’d want to read?
4. Oh, and publish some sort of comic short: Because CLEARLY I have oodles of extra time, I have started a comic project that I am hoping to eventually develop into a graphic novel. I am still figuring out what the smartest, most strategic way to get there is, but I’m going to start with something short to test out both the medium and whether the story itself elicits any interest. As for the story… it’s set in an alternate, steampunk inspired, magic-riddled India, with a heroine who has a highly unusual magical talent and really doesn’t want it. Good times. 😉
5. And while I’m at it… AUDIOBOOKS! Yes! This is the year I commit to getting at least one audiobook produced (still figuring out which to start with!). Because of numbers 1-4, I am not going to attempt to do this myself. Instead, I’ll be looking to sell those rights to an audiobook publisher. I’ll definitely share when I’ve got news!
6. Wait… Blogging. I should mention blogging. This year, I also intend to get serious about blogging. And I mean blogging about things I’m excited about, and care about, and really want to share. I’m kicking it off this month with a series on Disability in Fiction, complete with a Read-Along of Defying Doomsday which I read this fall and loved, as well guest posts from some amazing #ownvoices authors and bloggers. My goal for the year is to do at least four blog series on different aspects of diversity and empathy in fiction/fantasy, and to blog regularly in between.
Some plans are good. Some plans set yourself up for failure. I’m a little worried that this one is both. So here are my bare-bones demands on myself: write Sunbolt Book 3, revise Theft, sell audiobook rights to one book, and get that first comic short out there. Oh, and do those blog post series. If I do that much, it won’t have been a bad year. It would be like getting a solid B in college, which is nothing to write home about, but won’t require long sessions with the guidance counselor either. (Do they even do that in college? Probably not.) But I’ve got my A plan too, and I’m definitely going to give it my all.
And which would you rather read first: the girl who outwits giants or the girl who spins a path to the palaces of the jinn?