Tuesday, January 14, 2014

2014 Plans...Er, Resolutions? Goals!

It's the new year. I'm planning on things going my way.

Ha ha ha!

Okay, now that I have that out of my system. Really. I am hoping for no big catastrophes this year. (Not that we ever plan them.) But as long as everyone keeps breathing and no major injuries along the way I think I can accomplish a few goals I want to in 2014. In writing anyway.

1.) Rough draft of Christmas Spirit. - I started this one in December 2013, but only got 7,300 or so words. I will get the first draft done early this year. I'm working on it now, and won't stop until I pass the final note card and type The End.

2.) Read and Re-write Jayda's 1st book. I had started re-writing it in 2013 when life got complicated with my dad and step-mom. But I need to start over in re-writing and add a whole leg to the story. Lots LOTS need fixed here. I want to get it to a ground zero I can work from. (have to a point where friends can tell me what I'm needing to fix up, add to, delete, etc.)

3.) Go back to Christmas Spirit and re-read/write it. I'd *like* to have this somewhere workable before end of 2014. Something I could share with a few friends and they can tell me what I'm doing wrong.

4.) It things go well, maybe I could start into The Steampunk novella series I started. I'd like that...maybe. Depends on the mood.

5.) As for NaNoWriMo 2014... well, I realized I don't do sequels too well so maybe I can start another idea? But I have to get lots of research done to move on with that one. As to when I can add research to the time schedule this year...I don't know.

To many these sound like easy tasks. For me, I know it's all going to be time consuming. I'm ready to put that time in, and I'll tell my family they need to work with me. But I'm slow about going through the processes, so it will take me a long while.

If I can get through the first three numbers here in 2014, I'll be ecstatic!

Although, I'd hate to skip out on NaNo as I love doing it...we'll see where I am by November. That is eleven months away, you know. ;)

I'm with Melissa: the word "resolution" has an air of fatality about it, most likely because of the number of failed resolutions I already have behind me from prior years. "Goals" is a much better way of putting things :)

For me, I fully intend to continue on with my studies, hoping to...someday...finish my Bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing. I'm almost halfway there, which is great, and gives me a starting point for my list of goals for the year:

1) Finish enough classes to be able to apply to the Creative Writing program, adding that subject into my degree program.

2) Work on/ complete my book 2, the one I started during the month of November but had to set aside during exam time.

3) Re-read book 1 in its entirety and get the word count up to 80k. Re-read and edit again.

4) Try to organize life/school stuff to enable me a better chance of fully participating in NaNoWriMo this year.

That's where I'm going to draw the line. I think it might be a bit much to get it all accomplished in 2014, especially because I take courses through the summer months as well, but if I have these set out in print, for all the world to see, there's a slightly better chance they'll be check marked as done by the end of the year.

Well, Jackie, I think we have some great realistic goals ahead of us. Maybe next year we can take a step further and look for more words. But, we will see how life treats us this year before we get there.

Cheers, Jackie, and to all that visits us here. Here's to a year full of words and much more.

As Jackie has joked, lets break some lead.

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