2017 Writing Goals
You may be thinking it odd to read a heading like that near the end of March, when this sounds like a New Year's Resolution kind of thing. But if you give me more than a sentence, I can explain, jeez!
These are not resolutions, personally I don't believe in making resolutions based on the calendar. If you want to lose weight, why wait? If you're going to save money, probably should start as soon as possible. My point is these are specific goals I wanted to accomplish in the year.
- The first goal I made is simple: finish the sequel to "Nightmare Noir" (available here or here or of course from the AzarRising Mobile Bookstore (yes that is still my trunk)) by the end of the summer. I had been lazily working on this since the publication of "Nightmare Noir" but around Thanksgiving 2016 it became clear how lazy I was actually being. This shouldn't have taken a conscious decision for me, but I needed to set forth this goal to really buckle down. I'm happy to say, I've made some major progress on it, and I have no doubt I'll complete this by my birthday, potentially before.
- My second goal was a little more ambitious. During my previous revelation, that I hadn't been published since April 2015, and that I'm approaching a two year dry spell, I can't have that. This goal is to have a story/book accepted for publication each quarter of the year. With March 31st fast approaching, this may seem doomed already, but stay tuned for news on this one. *hint hint* *wink wink*
- The third and final writing goal I want to talk about today, was to collaborate with others more often. Writing is so very isolating by its mere nature of "buckling down" and writing. Social obligation, whether or not they're enjoyable, impede on writing time. Doing THINGS, whether they be familial, relationship related, or just having friends, it all prevents me from sitting down and writing. Often times it becomes appealing to lock myself away from everyone, or even move away and start a new life in the mountains where I can write as freely as I'd like. It may sound extreme, but I believe you'd be hard pressed to find an author that hasn't flirted with similar thoughts fairly often. Obviously I'm not going to do that, or else I wouldn't be here writing this to you now. So what's my solution? Bring other people in. And not just other authors that'd rather not see another living soul until they're ready to publish something.
My first step in the collaboration goal has been taken, and you'll meet them soon enough. As you can tell from many of my recent posts, my interest in wrestling isn't going away, and will feature heavily for the foreseeable future. To this end, I've put together a wrestling cabal, or to use the vernacular of the field; a wrestling faction. They will be joining Pink and I in our PPV predictions and reviews, and some more projects we're working on. Expect more details and articles in the coming days as Wrestlemania approaches, the biggest night in professional wrestling.
But wait! There's more. I also plan on conducting artist interviews. These will include authors, painters, musicians, and artists in all fields. I'm excited for these to start rolling out, and if you or anyone you know may be interested in this, drop me a line.
That's it for now, but stay tuned for updates on all of these goals and so much more. Let's make 2017 a great year for everyone.