Here we are again, first of January! Welcome to 2017! I was reading my January first post from last year and I just feel like 2016 went incredibly fast.
So many things happened, not just in the world but in my own life. I got married, graduated and survived my first term as a proper teacher. I didn’t write as much as I have in previous years but since I’ve been busier than ever, I’m not too disappointed with myself (well, I’m trying not to be).
My goals for 2016 were:
- Finish On board the Monster (working title) which is my third novel.
- Properly revise Out of Hand and add at least 20k words.
- Find someone to publish State of Emergency.
- Participate in Nanowrimo for the first time.
How did I do?
I *didn’t* finish On Board the Monster, it’s sort of on a semi-permanent hiatus. There are other stories that called my heart too much. Instead I started, and finished, a contemporary romance called Stargazing which is about a pornstar and a virgin who falls in love.
I did revise Out of Hand and added a buckload of words. It’s been through another bout of beta reading and editing and I’m planning to self-publish it in early 2017. But more on that in another post.
I self-published State of Emergency in August and loved the experience. I still want a publisher to publish it sometime in the future but we’ll wait and see.
I didn’t participate in Nanowrimo. There is no way I manage and I’ll not have that as a goal this year. In the middle of term it feels like I work 24 hours a day, planning, correcting, contacting parents, plus the actual teaching. There is no way I’ll manage to cram out 50k words in a month. That part of my life is over.
My new goals for 2017 are:
- Revise and self-publish Out of Hand.
- Revise and send Stargazing to a publisher.
- Try to update my blog once a month.
- Not let my tumblr die. If I have one, I need to use it.
- Finish The New Story, another contemporary romance.
- Please, please, please finish Never break a leg before Christmas, (Come on, Kathy, this is getting ridiculous).
- Start the sequel for State of Emergency.
In just 12 days I’m moving to my new home. I think it’s going to boost my creativity a lot. The last six months I’ve been commuting four hours a day plus living in very tight quarters with too many other people.
I want this year to be a year of, well, writing again. More writing than 2016. Also happiness. And hope. And all the good things.
Happy January first everyone!