Thursday, January 1, 2009

Keeping it Simple in 2009

Here goes. There are things I want out of 2009. Some I can control; some I can't. Ultimately, I would like to move to a "pro" level with my writing. That most likely means I will still need to teach, 'cause writing just doesn't pay the bills like it used to. (if it ever did)

Pro level won't happen in a year; I know that. But I can do some things to work to that end:
  1. Always have at least one story in front of a pro paying market. Right now I have four.
  2. Finish revisions of Rock Gods and Scary Monsters and query that sucker by the end of the school year.
  3. Write my third "novel"--a dark thing I'm tentatively calling The House Eaters.
  4. Write at least one high quality story a month. Quality may require that I set the story aside for at least a week before revising--a challenge for this submission junkie.
  5. Give myself some breaks. I nearly chucked the whole writing idea last summer because of unreal expectations.

I would like the following to happen as well, but these items require outside "assistance":

  1. Land an agent/sell a book.
  2. Sell a story to a pro paying market.

Right now, I'm going to lounge on the couch and watch TV. See, the stomach flu has come to visit, and I'm the latest victim.

Curse you, stomach flu!


Jameson T. Caine said...

I really need to let something sit a while before revising. I'm too quick to look it over after a day or two.

Hope everything works out!

Barry Napier said...

This upper respiratory infection that my 21 month old daughter has is no picnic either. Hope you get better soon!

Jamie Eyberg said...

Hope you get to feeling better and I like your goals for the year. Very attainable.

Catherine J Gardner said...

Ooh! The House Eaters sounds delicious. I can't wait to find out more during the course of 2009.

K.C. Shaw said...

You can do it! Those sound like good goals for the year.

I hope you get to feeling better soon! Stomach flu is icky.

Natalie L. Sin said...

From what I've seen, everything you write is high quality : )

Jeremy D Brooks said...

Huzzah to a productive new year...

Robert said...

This sounds like a great, solid list for the year. As Joe Konrath says, it's good knowing the difference between realistic and unrealistic goals (such as writing a novel in a year and selling a novel for a million dollars -- one in your control, one not). Good luck!