Welcome 2013, let’s see what’s in store shall we? 2012 was pretty damn awesome, I have to say, so you’re going to have to work your ass off to beat it. We had That Rowton Thing, work settling for both of us, amazing friends and family and great distractions in the form of the London Olympics that just seemed to make the year skip past.
This year, I really must finish the novel. I got sidetracked with the ghost writing of articles and ebooks for other people, and with starting up part time at the library. With t’other half securing a permanent job, I can be a bit more selective with my time and energies. I’ve already been submitting short stories to places, so I’ll press on with those in the meantime while I fill in the gaps in the main event.
One of the useful communities I’ve joined on G+ has been a group of people willing to share input and feedback on writing after the chaos of Nanowrimo. I put the first chapter in for critique and got some great feedback on the structure from several people that I’ll be implementing in the next edit. Even more encouraging was that the quibbles were over minor structural issues and an occasional typo rather than a wholesale attack on grammatical structure. At this rate I might start believing people when they insist I’m actually any good at this writing lark…
So – goals for this year: well I’ve already mentioned finishing the book and submitting more short stories. I’m also going to have our long delayed honeymoon, get bookshelves for all the books and DVDs in our home, lose some more weight and keep up the running that I’ve recently started doing.
That should be enough to keep me occupied and in trouble, don’t you think?