I am really looking forward to 2013. I have no idea why the arbitrary transition from one year to the next should mean anything, but it does, and I always find myself identifying new challenges and revising goals (once I’m done reflecting on the year that was)…
Often my plans for a new year involve a scrambling attempt to rectify the ‘failings’ of the previous one. But not this year. As 2013 commences I feel invigorated and positive and eager to build upon what ended up a pretty good year. Sure, there were some things that didn’t turn out so well, and I will seek to rectify those, but on the whole it’s onwards and upwards!
On the writing front
My current fantasy WIP has exploded somewhat, and I want to wrestle it back into control for long enough for me to complete a first draft. I don’t know how long this will take, but I want to adopt a regular routine of 3-4 dedicated sessions a week. My calculations suggest that some 6,000 words per week will achieve me around 25,000 words a month, so I should be able to complete the novel within a few months. I daresay it won’t quite happen like that, but let’s see how I go! First I need to get my head back into it after a break in December. And then of course will come the delight — and challenge — of revising.
To support this endeavour, I want to transform my study into an enticing nook instead of a chaotic dumping ground with a desk in the corner. I need a new desk with better ergonomics, a new chair, and probably a new computer too. This will no doubt take a little while… But ultimately, I want to want to go sit at my desk, instead of succumbing to the laptop on the sofa (where the TV is an evil distraction).
I really enjoyed developing this blog in 2012, and I hope to improve it even further this year. In addition, I’m gearing myself up for a foray into a couple more (hitherto unvisited by me) social media sites — pinterest and Goodreads. Not that I have any extra time, you understand. But I keep hearing about them, and I’m convinced I’m missing out on something amazing…
The Goodreads angle does of course key in with the sentiments expressed in my previous post. I must read more this year!
During 2012 I swept aside most non-family-related extra-curricular activities with the view to prioritising my writing ‘second career’. However, it has been borne upon me more than once that one needs to refill the creative well. It’s not actually healthy (or especially productive) to sit in front of a computer all the time, so this year I want to get away from the desk a bit more — whether day trips out of town, craft workshops, that choir I mentioned a week ago, etc.
World Fantasy 2013
This last is more of a statement than a ‘resolution’, but I’m very excited to be attending the World Fantasy Convention in Brighton UK in late October/early November. In view of potential industry networking opportunities at this event (of the type that are much more tricky from Australia), there are certain novel milestones I’d like to achieve by then, but I’m not going to get obsessed about them.
I want to feel good about what I’m doing this year — maintain the joy, not get stressed about what isn’t happening, focus on what I have to do not what others are doing… I’m going to continue with the ‘Anne of Green Gables’ principle of Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it, and try to ‘run my own race’.
OK, that’s enough self-absorbed contemplation. Thanks for bearing with me!
2013 is here — let’s get to it!