Friday, December 13, 2013

2014 Goals

I spent the fall not writing--or rather, freelancing, writing for hire. Over the last couple weeks, I shifted gears and started writing screenplays with my writing partner. I've been going back and forth about what the next step will be for me, job-wise. So these goals might shift or be pushed back.

I learned something, not writing. I need to write. Creatively, I mean. Writing for hire doesn't cut it.

Writing Goals

I have two novel drafts I'd like to finish:
Jubal's Daughter
Untitled rice farming novel

I'll also probably write another Necro-Files book soon.

Other than that, considering that I've written either a novel or linked short story collection basically every other month for the last 3 years or so, I think I'm okay taking a break from novels for a bit.

I'd also like to put together a short story collection of my weirder stories and place it. I'd also like to write a few new stories.

I'd like to place another collection, tentatively titled Driving Around, Looking in Other People's Windows
I'd also like to write some new poems. I'm kicking around a sort of sequel to Riceland.

I've got around 20 screenplays in various stages of completion, from outline to partial drafts. I'd like to either finish them or declare them dead. I imagine I might be able to salvage half. Maybe my partner can salvage some of the others.

So those are my writing goals. In a larger sense, I'm focusing on marketing and really trying to get my work out there.

Personal Goals

I'd like to lose 50 pounds. I lost 20 over the last few months. I'd like to double down.

Family Goals

I'd like to get my daughter into a Montessori program.

That's it, for now. I've got a couple weeks to think about this.

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