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Page Two: 2017 Ambitions

I hate New Year Resolutions.  They are a great way to start off strong but more often than not, they set us up for failure when we don’t meet all of them and feel guilty about it.  So I am giving up on the word “resolution” this year.   I am not resolving to do anything.  What I WILL do, however, is send my ambitions out into the Universe and chase after them with a passion.

So without further ado, here are my writing ambitions for 2017:

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The Year of Dreaming Bigger and Reaching Higher

I’ve been quiet for a while, at least on my blog.  I’m more active on Twitter and Facebook because they’re a much shorter format.  (And you can find both off to the right-hand side!)

But this past weekend I attended the Life, The Universe, and Everything writing symposium again.  Those of you that have followed me for a while know that this is one of the biggest highlights of my writing year.   I’m still processing it all.  But as always, I will have plenty to say about it once that processing is done.  🙂

But the biggest, best thing I got out of it this year is a renewed confidence in my talent, skill, and ability to be an up-and-coming professional.  And because of LTUE, I know what the theme for 2015 is meant to be.

2015 is the Year of Dreaming Bigger and Reaching Higher.

This year, I believe in me.  This year, I believe in taking everything that the previous years have given me, and applying it to making something incredible of my life.  This year is the one where I build the foundation that will allow me to quit my day job next year and write full time.  And this year is the one where my life finally becomes everything that I want it to be, not what everyone else around me says it should be.

A question for my readers

I have more LTUE posts coming; I’m just getting them polished up.   In the meantime, I’d like to take a moment and talk about what I want to do here in the next couple of weeks.

I haven’t updated this blog as regularly as I might like, because I write when an idea for something to talk about hits me.   If you follow me on Facebook then you might recall that not too long ago, I asked what people might want to see from my blog.  From that short list, I’ve started to develop a list of regular features that I want to do.   I’m going to be implementing these changes and probably updating the way the blog looks once I’ve finished my LTUE write-ups.

But before I do that, I want to give everyone who might not follow me on Facebook a chance to weigh in as well.   What do you want to hear me talk about?  What do you want to see in terms of content?   I’ve updated my current poll page with a contact form.   You can even be completely anonymous if you like.  You can also leave a comment on this post.

Here’s what I’ve got so far for regular feature ideas:

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A quick question for my readers

Disclaimer: This is not the announcement of the start of a project.  This is determining if there is enough interest to make running a project campaign worth it.

Lately I’ve been thinking about using Kickstarter to help fund the self-publishing of one or more of my fantasy/supernatural books.  (There are other crowdfunding options out there, yes, but I’m leaning toward Kickstarter because of its emphasis on creative works.)

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State of the writer

Life has been super-busy lately, but I wanted to give everyone a brief update on where I stand with my writing projects.  (more…)

Time to head to camp

Camp Nanowrimo, that is.  The summer event is so much more laid back than the main event in November.  I’m a few days behind, but that’s okay.  I don’t think I’m shooting for the full 50k words with everything that I have to do this month (find a new job, find a new apartment, etc.).  A good 20k goal ought to do enough to push me to write without feeling overwhelmed.

I’ve decided I’m going to work on the rewrite of the Soldaris saga this month, and probably continue it into the August session of Camp Nano as well.  I’ve finally moved past that point where I’m too sick of it to work on it and back into being excited about the project again.  This makes me happier than I can express.

If you’d like to track my progress, you can do so on my Camp Nanowrimo profile page.

Wham! and lists

So… apparently that feverish feeling that I was getting the day after LTUE?  Actually a fever.  I’ve been out of things lately.  Between the sinus infection borne of the underworld, and the resultant vertigo (which was far worse than the congestion and ick by far), it’s been all I can do to manage day-to-day activities such as taking care of myself, going to my day job, etc.  My writing has, unfortunately, suffered because of it.   And I still haven’t fully processed LTUE.  I’ve been too sick.   BUT.   I am feeling much better now, and just because I wasn’t doing a lot of writing doesn’t mean that there wasn’t a lot of idea-marinating and pre-writing happening in the back of my mind.

I sat down with these ideas last night and made three lists for the rest of 2013.  The first list is what I want to write this year, the second is made up of the things that I want to accomplish as an author.    The third list is a little different; it’s the list of all the things I want to do with my personal life to make achieving the items on the other two lists possible.

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