I’ve decided for the new year that I’m not going to make any promises to myself about how often, and when, I am going to write on this blog. I will make promises about how much I will write in general, and what sort of steps I need to take to get published this year, and just generally about being awesome.
I got dragged along with my family to some tubing thing at Soldier Hollow for my dad’s work the other night. Snow sports are just not my thing, what with the snow flying up in your face and it wasn’t warm AT ALL the other day. So I sat in the lodge with my notebook and my mp3 player while they all went down the hill a few times. I am quite pleased to say that I made a major breakthrough in the mythology/legends that have been giving me a lot of trouble on the Soldaris saga.
And while I know that it is far too early to start thinking about supplementary, pretty books along the lines of Beedle the Bard, I think I’d love to do an illustrated version of these myths and legends once I have them all set down and refined. This weekend I plan to sit down and write them all out the way that children’s bible stories go, or something like that. I’m not going for a Silmarillion here. I’m going for something that is more accessible both to me and to the public. That’s going to be my big project in the next two weeks, along with studying for a national licensing exam for my “day job”.
More long term goals for this year include entering Writers of the Future every quarter until I finally win (could take a couple of years, I acknowledge), collecting more rejection letters for my wall, attending the Life, the Universe, and Everything symposium, managing to sell my first book, and self-publishing Shadowfighter. It’s a project that I still love dearly, but I don’t think it has a place in traditional publishing. If someone wanted to pick it up later, they could, but for now, I think self-published is the way to go with that one. So those are my big goals in writing this year. I think perhaps, if I could sum all these big goals up in one sentence, it would be to quit my day job and write for a living by the end of the year.
I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me. But I can do this. 🙂