Welp, it’s that time of the year again: all the holiday lights come down, and all the resolutions walk in the front door on their way straight out the back (or, perhaps, looking for windows to jump from).
Resolutions are tricky things. I was never really into them up until a couple of years ago, when I started looking at my five year writing plan as a set of yearly goals (resolutions) that built on each other. January just meant it was time to commit to the next year’s micro-plan. Then I started adding on personal goals, starting with health related and moving out from there. My experience has been a bit hit or miss, as I’m sure is the case with many folks.
My approach, nowadays, is to set my goals, keep them as realistic as possible, and not worry about “failures” or let myself feel guilty. Every year I accomplish different things, but on Day One I can’t possibly foresee what the rest of the year will be like. Sometimes what I accomplish is personally meaningful, deeply cathartic, and was no where on my radar back in January. You know what? That’s a success. I do work toward my initial resolutions, but in looking back, I allow myself both forgiveness and kindness.
My 2018 Writing Resolutions
This year’s resolutions are especially tricky for me, as I’ve taken the plunge into becoming a hybrid author. That means I have both an indie series to put out (The Sunbolt Chronicles) and a traditional publishing deal I need to deliver on (Thorn’s re-release, plus Rae’s story). Keeping a balance between both worlds is going to be extremely challenging–I’m both excited and utterly terrified. Should be fun!
Complete Thorn revisions, and work through all aspects of copyediting and proofs. (Almost there!)
Re-publish my short Shadow Thief, which finished its exclusivity period with the F-BOM this past December. I’m planning to write a new opening sequence, give it a final once-over, and let it out into the world. Here’s hoping/planning for a release by the end of March!
Draft/revise Rae’s story and submit it to my editor at HarperTeen by its summer deadline. Flail about spastically. Then do ALL THE ROUNDS on Rae’s story and submit by winter deadline. Possibly keel over, but try not to. Chocolate is allowed at this point as an emergency survival measure.
Revise Sunbolt 3. This book needs at least 2-3 additional rounds, and each rounds takes 3-4 months. So here’s to at least one more round (if not, please God, two).
And then the rest of my life…
I missed the boat on my health goals last year, but I’m recommitting to them using much smaller simpler measures this year: no snacks after dinner, fruit daily, exercise twice a week, walk 15 minutes daily. Hopefully I’ll continue to up these measures as I get better at meeting them.
In 2017, I finally got back to the more activist mindset I had as a college student. Part of me knows I should never have let that slip, but boy did 2017 make me start getting my act back together again. Now I’ve got all my representatives saved on my phone, and my kids are taping up signs around our house like “Clean DREAM Act” and “No Taxation Allowed!” (they may have gotten a little carried away on that last one). I’m kicking off this year by breaking in a new set of protest socks, thanks to a good friend, and I’m looking forward to wearing them at many rallies to come.
Here’s looking forward to a challenging and, I hope, fulfilling year!
Do you have any resolutions / goals this year? What’s your plan to achieve them?