Hello 2012! Let’s add this blog post to the deluge of people reflecting on the past year and the year to come. Consider me cliche and unoriginal as I do the same. I will put a spin on this to bring some updates to what is happening in my writing world.
The past year was one of milestones and frustrations. I submitted my first story ever, got my first-ever rejection, and Spirit Hackers is still in the editing stage.
On the up-side, I took my rejection and set the story free via ePublishing. It lead me to realize I could craft a novelette series with a cool concept and to finally dip my feet into the world of self-publishing. I’m really proud of the As Darkness Ends series and book two is nearly done. I’ve been quietly updating the progress over on the right side-bar and I’m delighted to say that the book is already 1/3 longer than book one! The second book has a similar feel to the first but with a whole different spin as we view the global events of the first installment from a different point of view. I anticipate the book to be out in the wild sometime in February.
November was a milestone month as I worked to raise money for Share Our Strength, which is fighting childhood hunger in the United States. I exceeded my goal of $300 by $20 with the help of so many generous people. Even better, my timing was excellent because at the time I donated the funds, the charity was having every donation matched dollar-for-dollar! So, in essence, we raised $640 for the charity! It’s a job well done.
Finally, I’m thankful for all the positive feedback, ratings and reviews book one has garnered. The general consensus is that it’s a solid book and I’m happy to see that people I don’t know are enjoying it. That means a truly unbiased opinion.
For this year, I’m keeping it simple. I read on Dean Wesley Smith’s blog that goals are set based on things you hold 100% control over, while dreams are things you would like to achieve but are dependent on others. I couldn’t agree more.
-To complete and release book two of the ‘Darkness’ series no later than March 1.
-To complete the third (and final) round of edits on Spirit Hackers, then submit it to at least one agent.
-Write and release book three of the ‘Darkness’ series no later than the end of 2012.
-Break a pre-set sales goal I have in mind for each of the two books in the ‘Darkness’ series.
-Return to Loopback and resume writing it. (This is a dream due to only having so much time in the day to manage all my writing)
-Land an agent based on querying Sprit Hackers.
So that’s where I stand for this new year. I have one personal dream and one personal goal (both of which I’m keeping to myself). I hope 2011 was good to all you writers out there and I look forward to bringing you more works from the recesses of my mind throughout the year.