I'm deeply conflicted about this. I don't want to be one of those people who say they want to write but always have some excuse for not doing so. How many times on this very blog have I commented on how much of this year's growth could have come sooner if I'd just pushed a little harder? But until someone wants to pay me to sit around and write, I need to make sure I keep giving my employers reasons to keep me around. Hopefully what I've done this year will keep my internal self-critic quiet for a few weeks.
Twenty, to be precise.
So here are my scaled back resolutions for 2009:
- Finish revising Vanishing Act, including the feedback from my critters.
- Send Vanishing Act to Moonrat for the critique I won, and incorporate her feedback into my submission.
- Begin sending Vanishing Act to literary agents, starting with the ones who've asked to see it.
- I can't control whether or not I sell any fiction in 2009, but I resolve to either sell something in 2009 or have rejections for at least five different works to show for myself. This isn't as ambitious as it sounds, because I have a backlog of completed and unsubmitted stories.
- Do the preliminary work for my next novel.
- This summer I will begin writing that novel.
- Complete a first draft of that novel.
That last one may be a bit iffy, if I don't even get started until June, but I can work pretty solidly for almost ten weeks over the summer, and then I'll still have about twenty weeks left in 2009.
No specific goals for writing short stories or for attending conferences and such.
EDIT TO ADD: One more resolution I nearly forgot:
- I resolve to stop bringing up my blog traffic stats anywhere else, no matter how fascinating, troubling, or just plain weird they are, because it makes me look like a total goober.