As 2012 draws to a close, I thought I’d reflect on the year and share goals for the next year. First, an update: I completed the first draft of my YA novel (well, it’s more middle grade at this point) at 60,500 words near the start of December. Some unexpected events (family visiting and a whirlwind trip to Minnesota to see my husband’s not-well grandfather) delayed the completion of the novel, so I wasn’t able to clean up the first few chapters and write the synopsis in time for the Codex novel contest. Ah well, there’s always next year (a post-apocalyptic YA novel is already simmering in my head). As I’ve begun to clean up the first couple chapters for my writing group, I’m amazed by how much I’ve forgotten about the beginning. It’s quite a feat to keep so much story in the head at one time! Perhaps the solution would be to write the next one faster, so I still remember the beginning at the end. Anyhow, it’s been quite fun and a great learning experience!
One of my goals this year was to make 50 short story submissions, and I ended up making 37. Of those submissions, five are still in progress, and I sold four stories, all to token and semi-pro markets. This year since I’m now writing full-time and have a larger arsenal of stories in circulation, I’m going to raise my goal to 60 short story submissions and concentrate more on professional markets rather than semi-pro. In 2012 I had aimed for just making paying sales, but for next year I’m going to aim for professional sales and eventually qualifying for membership in SFWA.
Another goal was to write and finish a novel, which was completed. In 2013, I’m going to write at least one more novel and edit the first one until I’m satisfied. Since I started keeping records in August, I wrote 103,600 words, more than half of which was my novel. Next year, I’ll aim for at least 200,000.
I’ll also aim to read more literature rather than CNN.com, which tends to suck me in (have you seen that new video with the panda bear and the ball?).
That’s all for now. Wishing you a happy and prosperous start to 2013!