This is my now-traditional start-of-the-year post in which I lay out my big goals for the coming year. (These are just the broad, ultimate goals. The breakdown as to how I might actually accomplish said goals does exist, but for brevity's sake, I don't share it in this post.)
Usually, this starts with a recap of how well I did with the goals from the year before, but we'll be skipping that portion this time around. Mostly because I have a lot of the exact same goals. Mostly because I failed to accomplish them the first time around.
But it's okay. I'm totally cool with it. Really.
|Coincidentally, this is how I felt following last night's Sherlock premiere.|
Onto the goals! First up, as always, is...
The Writing Goal
Publish Second Nature.
As it was featured on this blog (and various other social media sites) multiple times over the last year, you may remember this picture:
It was taken on the first of January 2016, and marked the start of my editing process. Turns out, I can post it again today because I. Am. Still. Editing. Part of this is because of the amount of time I was forced to take off last year, but a larger part (and much more important part) is that I'm not happy with it. I can't put out a book I'm not happy with, so that's that.
As of this post, I have nine scenes across five chapters still awaiting my attention. Four of which I have absolutely no idea how to improve to my satisfaction. (There's a woman in my critique group who thinks I have some kind of manuscript dysmorphia. Which is probably a blog post in itself. Perhaps on IWSG day?) The others are, in theory anyway, easier fixes. Just time-consuming.
At any rate, finishing these freaking edits once and for all is priority #1.
Then I'll worry about the rest of it. (except that's kind of a lie. I worry about everything all the time.)
I'm aiming for a May 30th release. I know that's only five months from now. And I know I'm probably just going to end up watching it sail on by, but I have a big book fair I'm doing at the start of June, and I would really love to have Second Nature out and about for that event, so I'm going to try. Again, I don't know how realistic this goal is (It's not. At all.) but go big or go home, right?
The Reading Goal
Read 40 books this year.
This goal just keeps shrinking and shrinking. I used to set goals for 70, then 60. Last year it was 50. This year, it's 40. Last year, I only managed to read like thirty-something novels. Low thirties.
And yes, I was distracted by other things, but I don't like how much I'm not reading. Must improve in this area.
The Fitness Goal
A few years ago, I was in a good fitness routine. Regular work-outs, not overindulging on too many oversized baked goods, that kind of thing—and I was healthier and happier. (I think. It's been a while.) And then, something happened. I don't remember what the something was, but I fell out of the habit, and it's gotten worse since I've been living in
Hence, my goal is to get back into that fitness routine. Some way, some how. Probably not jogging, though...
The De-Cluttering Goal
This is probably pretty self-explanatory. There's way too much clutter in certain parts of the house (i.e., the rooms I happen to inhabit. I can't imagine why that is.) and I would like to change that. Or, at least improve on it. We've been in the Florida house for almost two years now, and I still have a bunch of stuff in boxes. Which means I could probably get rid of all of it. Most of it. Well, maybe just some of it.
Anyway, it's time to clean house and get organized and stuff like that. This goal, I like to think, will become Priority #1 once Second Nature actually makes it to the proofreader. (I'll need something else on which to focus...)
We'll see how it goes.
|Except the books and weaponry, of course...|
And on that note, I am outta here. Those edits will not complete themselves. I should know; I've waited long enough for that to happen.
Did you get any goals for 2017?