Out of the Forest and Into the Clearing

I feel like I’ve finally busted out of my slump. I finished up two stories earlier this week and feel pretty good about them. I’ve polished one up and sent it out for publication. And I’m confident the story will get published, I just need to find the right market for it.  I’m going to be working on the second story and getting it out shortly and hopefully use this momentum to push forward into more uncharted territory.

Now I just have to pull away from the short stories and get back in novel mode. *Fingers Crossed*

Audit

I’m already a month behind on my audit. I don’t really know what to make note of but I’ll throw some things out there.

I’ve failed writing everyday. I think it’s just too much of a lifestyle change.  Trying to go from zero to sixty. So my goal now is to write every other day and if I can meet that as a baseline then I’m in a better position to move forward.

My personal opinion of the previous writing year isn’t very positive.  I don’t feel like I did enough and I’m disappointed.

I’ve got a first-draft of a novel stuck at 41k.  I’m very excited about the novel, but I dread moving forward on it so I’ve focused on writing short-stories and getting published.  Neither has gotten me very far.

I’ve been in a slump since around October that I’m still fighting my way out of.  I can’t say I haven’t written at all, but it’s been  a much, much lower frequency than I would be happy with.

Since October I submitted 9 stories and had all of them rejected.  So one goal for 2014 is to submit more than I did last year and – cross my fingers – get one of them published.  I’ve got 27 stories in varying degrees of completion. Some worth finishing, others not.

I’m also disappointed with the number of books I’m reading, so I have a goal to get that number up as well.

So there it is, my writing State-of-the-Union and to mark the occasion I’ve just submitted a story for rejection. Wish me luck.

A New Year of Unknowns

So here I am in the first hour or so of a new year, ripe with unknown possibilities, achievements, heartaches and disappointments.  I can only control so much of what’s possible.  I will strive to achieve my goals and, even if it’s by baby steps, any movement forward is better than the alternative.  I have goals of exceeding my output from the previous year if not in quantity, at least in quality. That’s about all I can do.  The rest is left in the hands of fate, luck, or some other generic cosmic deity that probably has me on the naughty list.

But what I can say with certainty is that I will spend the year as I spent tonight. With my best-friend, fiancee, favorite reader, and just all around favorite person. She motivates me to be better than I can be. Looking forward to another year with her by my side I find it hard to have doubts.  Behind every great man is a great woman. She’s meeting her end of the bargain, I just have to step up to mine.

Time to be great.

On the Eve of a New Year

I’m very glad to be past the major holidays.  While they were an enjoyable time the stress has worn me down.  Maybe some of it is some mental click that occurs due to the colder weather.  Either way,  I’ve not done anything productive since October or so.  C’est la vie.

I’m restraining myself from doing any year end assessments as my “year of writing seriously” started in Feb.  I’ll make a post then and give some statistics about the year-in-review and setup goals for year two.  But for tonight my resolution is to write every day and to finish my novel.

Happy 2014 – Hope goals are achieved for anyone aiming higher than where they are.