I didn’t post a blog entry this past weekend because I wanted to post today…not that I couldn’t post twice in less than a week, of course. I might have done a look back at the last year, but I feel as though i’ve done so in the recent weeks anyway—with my last teaching update and my 75 percent update. now that it’s 2019, it’s time to turn my focus to what I want to accomplish.
my goal for this year is to finish my book (which I have to do for my degree anyway) and start querying agents. someone asked if my goal was to have an agent or editor by the end of the year. I answered that I can’t make that my goal because it’s out of my hands.
I can only control what I will do; and my goal is to work on my book until it’s finished, get feedback, improve it, and get it out to some agents.
what else is required for this? I need to research agents and comp titles. i’m going to put that off for this semester though and save it for the summer, when i’m finished with school.
my goal is to produce one short story each month and submit it for publication. what i’d like to do is make good use of the research i’ve been conducting for my novel and write short stories which occur ca. 1750 in either England or North America. I have a few ideas already.
to that end, i’ve restarted my duotrope subscription. it’s worth the $5/month to find and track markets.
even when i’m enjoying what i’m reading, i’m a slow reader, so there won’t be any pledges to read 52 books. i’m going to aim for 25 books, this way I can take my time and enjoy each text. my reading list has been growing and growing over the last year and a half because i’ve been focusing on assigned readings for school. I look forward to reading for pleasure.
I had to read a bit faster for school, but it was stressful. i’d rather take my time and enjoy the journey.
just a bit of summary
since i’ll be resetting the counters on my site today, I thought it appropriate to do just a bit of reminiscing. in 2018, I have:
read 43 books
written over 200,000 words
created 32 characters
I don’t know where those numbers will be at the end of 2019, but wherever they are, i’m looking forward a productive year of writing and reading.