Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Year That Was, The Year That Is

Elliot dominated 2011, even before we knew he would be Elliot. Once Aimee and I learned we would have another child, plans tripped into motion. I spent the summer tearing apart and rebuilding our house. The (older) boys moved into a new room. I dove into electronic publishing with the hopes of bolstering our family coffers to help pay for another mouth. It's helped. 

But my writing has suffered. Not because of any one of these things, but all of them together. Having another child scares me--even with him here, now, I'm scared.

I have hopes for 2012.  I want the best for my family. I want to do some real writing again.

One goal I'm putting forth is to write and submit at least one quality story a month. While I have several longer projects brewing, short stories are my real love. Short stories won't do anything to help feed my family. But...

It's something I have to do so I can be sane for my family.

My goals for 2012 are simple:

1. Write and submit one story a month. I'm one pro sale away from "active" status in the HWA. I'd like to see that happen someday.

2. Finish my serial zombie novel.

3. Write at least one other book. Several ideas are brewing.  I'll be flipping coins in a week or so to see what direction I head. (The front runner is a story involving a murdered magician and the boys who vow to find his killers.)

Bring it on, 2012. I'm ready.


Daniel Powell said...

Love the idea your kicking around on the magician tale, Aaron. And I admire the approach to your home life. I'm keeping it simple for this year as well. Good stories. Good venues. Hopefully some good feedback.

Best of luck for a great year, and keep turning out the good stuff...

James Everington said...

Don't write too much new stuff, I'm still trying to catch up with your back catalogue..!

Have a great 2012, both in writing and all else.

Dave Webster said...

Best of luck in 2012, Aaron!

Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

Oops! That was me - obviously signed in with my husband's e-mail!

K.C. Shaw said...

Good luck in 2012! Sounds like you're definitely on the right track with the murdered magician. :)

Aaron Polson said...

Daniel - I hope the best for you and yours in 2012 as well!

James - I don't think I'll be churning it out like I used to, but who knows? I seem to work best under pressure.

Cathy - It happens! Best for you in 2012 as well.

K.C. - Hopefully I can work some "magic" (oi, what a bad pun...) Best for you in 2012!

Katey said...

I think fear is often a sign of sanity. Here's to the writing helping you keep said sanity afloat!

Love that magician idea. Man.

Kara McElhinny said...

WOW, I'm totally late on the draw... CONGRATS on a new baby, Aaron!

Best of luck to you (as my bullet wound now seeps and stains from my lateness on this subject matter...)

and Happy New Year!!