I love those moments. I like to wave at them as they pass by. Jack Sparrow to Elizabeth Swann on the chance to do something courageous
I love goal setting. It’s an opportunity to examine a year and achieve many things challenging and brave. I’ve never understood people who only set one or two resolutions. I’ve set as many as 87 and as few as 18. People who set no goals are as incomprehensible to me as drinking diet soda. A fizzle of bubbles that ends flat.
In 2014, I published five books. I completed NaNoWriMo with two new manuscripts. Last summer, I took two writing cruises through glaciers and Caribbean islands. Outside of writing and in goals set in other posts, I have done over 14,000 pushups. I have knitted over 400 hats for the USO. I completed my tenth year of working in a soup kitchen every six months.
For 2015, my general writing plan is to publish three novels, one short story, and one novella. OLIVE TOMORROW, a mystery novel, is close to being finished. It still needs to be vetted by my beta readers. The other two novel goals are revising and publishing LILLIAN IN THE DOORWAY, a 1924 romance and GRI RISING, a quest fantasy. I’m co-authoring a YA dystopic short story for a traditionally published anthology this month (or next). THE ADMIRAL OF SIGNAL HILL is a mystery novella written during NaNoWriMo last November. It also needs to be revised. (Yes, my schedule to achieve my goals is intentionally too small to read.)
My brother and I are still revising our mystery novel FATHERS IN THE MOOR. It’s currently a fairly mature manuscript.
I will also do NaNoWriMo again in November. I’m considering the following story ideas for the 30 day novel: Shadowing Behr (an new YA dystopic novel), Sadie (sequel to LILLIAN), Oyster Lover (sequel to OLIVE TOMORROW), and a novella sequel to JACK FELL DOWN.
Other general goals are to continue marketing the Abishag mystery quartet and the mystery novella JACK FELL DOWN. I’m considering untried publishing venues for previously released books and traditional markets for two or three of the manuscripts I’ll complete this year.
I also plan to attend OCC RWA, Fictionaires, Sisters in Crime meetings, author teas, and the Literary Orange conference; monthly meetings with my accountability partner; writing sprints and meet-ups as they occur.
The goals I mention here are ones I’ve shared with my writing accountability partner and another writing friend. And now with you. It’s good to publish goals and track them month-to-month. It’s how I keep the opportunity to do something brave from passing me by.
What courageous things would you like to do in 2015?