With a new year comes new goals, and mine are probably overly ambitious. But hey, “if you shoot for the moon you may land among the stars.” At least I’ll be farther along than I was. So, without further ado, here are my many goals for 2018.
1. Prepare The Dark War Trilogy for publishing
This was originally “Publish The Dark War Trilogy,” but after scheduling everything out I found that wasn’t doable, so instead I’ll be aiming to have them all finished and edited so they’re ready by the end of the year and I’ll aim to publish them in early 2019.
2. Publish House of Mages
I’ll wait to tell you the release date of this until we’re at least into 2018, but it’s toward the middle of the year. I’d like to have the editing finished by February, but I’ve given myself a buffer there because I’m not sure how well my parents’ schedules will accommodate that, and they’re helping me with it.
3. Read a novel per week
This is self-explanatory. I’ve also updated my blog schedule, so the second and fourth Thursdays of the month will be book review days, instead of the last day of the month.
4. Study the bible/pray for half an hour each day
Self-explanatory. I’m terrible at remembering to take time for this because I tend to get caught up in doing other things. Hopefully scheduling out my days since I have so much to do will help, instead of all the things to do distracting from it.
5. Publish The Heart of the Baenor
Part of this will be finding a new title, because the current title is pretty lame. Again, I won’t give away the launch date just yet, but it’s late in the year.
6. Get started on The Historian
This is a novella I’m planning that’s the backstory of Terlon Screll, Detren’s mentor in The Shadow Raven. This is scheduled to be started in October, and I’ll probably finish it during NaNoWriMo.
7. Win all three NaNoWriMo events
This one’s self-explanatory. I’d like to win April Camp NaNoWriMo, July Camp NaNoWriMo, and November NaNoWriMo. And I already know what I’ll be working on for each one.
8. Write 2k every day
9. Do some Kersir worldbuilding every day
This is a fantasy world I’ve been developing that draws its inspiration from the Middle East. It’s a lot of fun to work on. You can read a little bit more about it on my “My Books” page.
10. Focus on one drawing technique each month
I’m not much of a visual artist, but it’s kind of a side-hobby for me that I use to aid in my writing. I’d like to get better, however, so next year I’d like to work on different drawing techniques.
11. Start making an income
I plan on starting toward this goal with short stories. My plan is set to publish three anthologies and three standalone short stories next year, in addition to the two novels mentioned before. The first anthology will be seven of the stories I’ve written as Christmas presents, and it’ll be published on January 15th. The next goes up on February 21st, and it’ll be a nine-story anthology called The Mirror-Hunter Chronicles, which is nine other short stories I’ve written as Christmas presents that all tie together. I’ll also be publishing This Is His Story on February 14th. Watch out for further news on all of those, and consider following my Facebook page for more frequent updates. There are others, obviously, but they’re later in the year and their release dates will be announced once they get closer.