I suppose I need to put together a "goals" post or else I won't have anything upon which to reflect at the end of the year. Make sense?
Just like last year, there are things I want out of 2010. Some I can control; some I can't.
What I can do:
1. Always have at least one story in front of a pro paying market.
2. Finish my final pass of Loathsome, Dark, and Deep and have it ready to query/submit in February. (Get on this one, eh?)
3. Write my fifth novel*--a ghost/suspense/YA thing with no title but one hell of a first line:
When I was younger, I imagined numerous ways to kill my sister just to see if she'd come back and haunt me.
4. Write at least one high quality story a month (or 12/year). I've gotten better at letting my stories "age" before editing. I'll do even better this year.
5. Buy something from the small press every month. And read it. And review it for Skull Salad. More than one would be sweet.
I would like the following to happen as well, but these items require outside "assistance":
1. Land an agent/sell a book.
2. Sell another story to a pro paying market.
Speaking of that pro-rate sale, my first such sale is to Blood Lite 2, an anthology of humorous horror from the HWA edited by Kevin J. Anderson. The story: "The Unfortunate Persistence of Harold Francis Beamish". Why I'm stoked: exposure. Pocket Books is the publisher which means Blood Lite 2 will find its way to many bookshelves in genuine brick-and-mortar stores. I'm glad I took the chance and subbed.
Oh, and things are coming along with The House Eaters. My editor sent a "head's up" email that she was about halfway through. All smiles here.
Enjoy your week...and ignore the post-holiday blahs.
*good God...fifth novel?