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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone! And welcome back to the blog. I’m rejuvenating the blog this year, and I have many exciting things to come. Many of them are things you already know about, but there will be some new things, as well.

First of all, I’ll do a minor refreshing of the design. I’ll make it look more bookish. Second, more of my own writing on this blog. Third, a desire to do some collaboration with others. And fourth, a bit more of an integration with my YouTube channel.

But I think the biggest thing is that I’m going to concentrate a lot on writing. In particular, Ariadne and short stories. I really need to focus on the main reason for this blog, my writing.

Another thing I’d like to do with YouTube is profile booktubers (book vloggers) who I subscribe to, and think you should watch if you’re interested in that kind of thing.

I’m going to leave you tonight with a video of mine, which is all about the year 2018. It’s all about plans related to my writing, YouTube, and business. While watching, I’d like you to think about what your plans are for 2018. Let me know what they are in the comments section.

Happy New Year!!

Authors Answer 114 – 2017 Writing Plans

It seems to be tradition to talk about our plans for the upcoming year after the New Year. Why stop? This week, we’re talking about what we plan to do in terms of writing this year. Are we going to publish? Write? Find out!

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 114: It’s 2017. What are your goals for the year in terms of writing?

Cyrus Keith

This year I want to do three things:

1.) Finish my current WIP

2.) Find a home for my currently-finished WIP. Tempus Fugitive has been with some larger publishing houses, and requires a polite follow-up, because some things happened that interrupted the standard flow of business.

3.) Get a start on my next one. I have another installment on the docket for my published series, that I need to hit ASAP.

H. Anthe Davis

My goals for 2017 are to publish at least one book.  I have Book 4 waiting on its cover, needing nothing more than a final skim and formatting; I also have Book 5 about 1/4th through its rough draft stage, so that it’s possible it could be done by the end of the year.  I didn’t get anything published in 2016 because of delays, so to put both in-progress books out this year would catch me up nicely.

Paul B. Spence

My goals for the coming year are to finish the books I started in this last year. If all goes well, I’ll have two books out this year, one novel only distantly related to the others, and another Hrothgar Tebrey novel. I may have a surprise for everyone, also, but we’ll see…

Tracey Lynn Tobin

My main goal is simply to keep writing, and preferably write more than I have been in recent years. Despite continually claiming that I’ll do better my overall yearly word count has gone steadily down the last three years in a row, so I’d really like to rectify that.

Additionally, I plan to force myself to finish some of the dozen-or-so projects I’ve had floating around me for months now, even if it means ripping out a quick-and-dirty first draft that is the worst thing I’ve ever written. I just want to get this stuff down and out so that I’m not constantly thinking about multiple different stories all at once. That can’t possibly be good for the thought process.

Gregory S. Close

I have three major goals. (1) Make significant progress on End of Dreams (sequel to In Siege of Daylight), 150k-200k words. (1) Finish Greyspace, about another 80k words. (3) Complete some short fiction, just a few thousand words here and there.

I am so far behind in my projects, I really need to set and reach pretty aggressive goals this year.

Elizabeth Rhodes

My main writing goal in 2017 is to get the rough draft of at least one project finished. I’ve narrowed the projects down to two for now, and both are fantasy novels. I at least want to get to 100 thousand words before I can consider it a workable first draft.

Jean Davis

This year, I’d hope to publish two more novels. One is contracted, but edits are overdue, so I’m not sure where that puts the publication date. The other I’d like to self-publish. I’m halfway done writing that one and it’s moving right along. I’d like to get a few more short stories out there as well, but I seem to be only able to concentrate on either novels or shorts and the novels have it right now.

Linda G. Hill

If you’d asked me last year, I’d have said my main writing goal was to publish the first novel of my Gothic paranormal romance series, “The Great Dagmaru.” If you ask me this year… it would be the same goal. But I’m much closer!! I hope to have the first out this spring, and the second before the year ends. The second is just awaiting editing, and the third is three-quarters written. My other goals are to finish writing it and the NaNoWriMo novel I failed at in November. … I refuse to be a failure this year! 😀

D. T. Nova

The same ones I failed to achieve last year. I’m planning to get that novel published, and hopefully make some progress on the next one.

At the same time, I also want to be more active as a blogger, and probably write about serious topics more often because being silent sure isn’t helping anyone.

C E Aylett

Oh, lots. I will be revising a novel and hope to have finished that by Christmas next year. I’ve also promised myself I will take more time out to make submissions, even though I hate the whole process (who wants to be trawling the internet for magazines and agents when we could be writing, after all?). Plus I’ve got a few short stories I want to finish up and the rest of my online class series at Skillshare on plotting and writing story arcs. I definitely plan to be more productive this year.

Eric Wood

My goal for writing in 2017 is to post consistently all year. I’d love to write a post a day. But I know when my schedule gets busy this won’t be realistic. Perhaps this will be the year I get my children’s book written!

Jay Dee Archer

Write. Just write. That is my most basic goal. 2016 was a terrible year for writing for me. This year, I plan to spend at least 15 minutes a day writing. If I can keep up that pace, then I can finish projects. I’ll be able to finish Journey to Ariadne and get started on my debut novel. It’s a very simple goal, but I have to start somewhere.

How about you?

What are your goals for 2017? If you’re an author, let us know what your writing goals are in the comments section below.

Authors Answer 61 – A Look at 2016

Happy New Year everyone! It is now 2016, and this is the first Authors Answer of the year. 2016 is a big year for me personally, and it should have some surprises in store from many of us. Let’s find out what we’re doing in 2016.

003Question 61 – What are your goals for 2016?

S. R. Carrillo

My primary goals are to continue reading quality indie books, re-release the first two books of my debut series, travel a bunch, love, laugh, deep condition every week and drink lots of water… :D!

Gregory S. Close

Publish.  I’d been invited to contribute a short story to a small press anthology, and due to poor work and life circumstances this year, I wasn’t even able to complete it.  Really frustrating.  I need to figure out a writing schedule that will work so that I can get some closure on works in progress.  I’d like to finish Greyspace, and either publish traditionally (still being reviewed by a publisher – they haven’t said no yet) or Kickstart it if that fails.  Secondly, I need to get my first draft of The End of Dreams to my editor (sequel to In Siege of Daylight).  I would love to do both and build back some momentum for my writing!

Jean Davis

Write another batch of short stories that I can get into submissions and try to get another novel published.

Elizabeth Rhodes

My writing goal for 2016 is to get the first draft of a new novel down.  This is tricky, because right now I’m trying to figure out what that next novel will be.

I’m also planning to take a second crack at the 52 books reading challenge.  I’ve never been a fast reader, and reading one book a week will be hard for me.  On the other hand there are so many books on my shelves that I want to read and never got around to.  That changes in 2016.

Eric Wood

My goals for 2016 will be to be successful completing the goals I set in 2015. This will be a do over. Blog wise, I don’t really have any goals other than to keep on writing material others want to read. Healthy wise, I’m going to attempt my 1,000 mile challenge again. Perhaps this will be the year I write some children’s books. Or try to get into production the stories I’ve already written.

H. Anthe Davis

Finish and publish my fourth book, hopefully by mid-year, and get started on the fifth.  Well — get a good way through the fifth!  I’ve been trying to reduce my required writing time, but it’s a war between motivation and my desire to lay on the floor and do nothing now and then.  I should also get some short stories done, even though I hate short stories; there are certain side characters’ tales to either fill in or wrap up, so I have many ideas, I’m just not fond of the format.  Must push myself.  Beyond my writing-work, I really don’t have other goals…I just go along with my schedule.  I’m dull!  😀

Paul B. Spence

Survive? LOL… My writing goal is to finish the three books I’m working on right now. I’ll be happy if I finish one of them, to be honest.

Tracey Lynn Tobin

My main goal for 2016? To somehow get a handle on myself. 2015 seemed to fly by mainly because I seemed to be constantly head-to-the-wall busy at all times. Part of this was because of the nature of my job (which has me stuck on a work camp for 14 days at a time and thus unable to get much done during the shifts), and part of it is because I’ve been spreading myself a little thinner with all my YouTube videos and the like, but a good chunk is also just that I’m terrible at time management. I’m hoping to work on that.

But another big goal is to get the first book of “The Other World” set up for publication. I had intended to have it in the hands of my beta-reader several months ago, but I somehow managed to never actually finish the last two chapters, so things got put on hold. I’m hoping to have a completed (revised and edited) manuscript sometime within the first third or so of 2016, and I’m going to submit to a few traditional publishers as soon as I can. I’m really hoping to possibly publish in this manner, but if things aren’t looking good by the end of the year I’m going to go ahead and self-publish this one as well, because I don’t want to wait too long before having a second book available.

Finally, I’d like to work through the mess of half-stories that I created during NaNoWriMo this past year and try to get a few of my erotic fairy tales up for availability on Kindle, mostly as an experiment to see whether or not they would actually sell. I’m very interested in the results.

There are other things that I’d like to accomplish in 2016, but those are the major ones. 🙂

D. T. Nova

My biggest one is the goal I planned but didn’t accomplish for 2015: to publish my first novel.

Allen Tiffany

Historically I’ve never set goals on 1 Jan, but this year is going to be different. I’m feeling like there is too much to do regarding my writing, and my work life has gotten more complicated and demanding. So I’m going to prioritize and focus more than I ever have:

1) Though it may not sound like it is directly related to writing, workout at least 5 times a week again. I got religion on this about 4 years ago, and got into great shape by riding my roadbike more than 4K miles a year, but over the last year, I lost it… 😦 Time spent working out feels like a time suck (it is), but I just feel better and think better – to include all aspects of my writing – so I need to get back to it.

2) Publish Lonely Hunter. It has now been two years in the making. The last year has been tweaking and tuning as I’ve gone on to write the second book (Vicious Harvest) in the 5-book series and most of the third and important parts of the fourth and fifth. Working on all five has been distracting in one sense, but it has also been hugely helpful – I fully understand the entire story, where it is going, how the characters develop, etc. Knowing that informs the writing of LH down to very subtle details. But at some point I have to get on with it. I am putting it through an online workshop one more time (about 1/3rd of the way done with that), then I’m going to dig through it a few more times, and then hopefully send it off to my editor by ~end of March. She is going to need at least a month with it, if not two. So…all considered, I might get LH published in the June timeframe. …I hope.

3) Get Vicious Harvest through CritiqueCircle and to my editor by the end of the year. You can see an excerpt of VH at http://www.allentiffany.com/end-war-scifi-novel-excerpts/end-war-book-2-vicious-harvest/. Though it has been through 4 beta readers already, it is really exciting to get this one in front of objective, thoughtful reviewers.

Linda G. Hill

My main goal – in fact, my only resolution – for 2016 is to get a novel published, whether traditionally or self-published. I started my major epic, The Great Dagmaru, as my NaNoWriMo project in 2011, though it took me 18 months to finish the first draft. Since then I’ve been editing it. I’d like to get it out there before I edit it to death.

Jay Dee Archer

This is a huge year for me. I think the biggest thing is moving back to Canada with my family. There is so much to do between now and then, I’ll have no time for writing. I’ll keep reading, though. After arriving in Canada, I’ll be busy with getting all the various IDs, addresses, bank accounts, etc, set up, as well as finding a job, if I haven’t done so already. Also, get a car.

On the writing front, once everything’s settled, I’ll be focusing a lot of Journey To Ariadne, while also working on the first book of Ariadne. I’m going to do some work on short stories and flash fiction, as well.

As for reading, I’ll probably continue as usual for the first three months, then after moving, I may have more time to read. 2015 was a slow year for reading, so I hope 2016 is far better.

How about you?

What are your plans for 2016? Share what’s in store for you in the comments below.

2015 Will Be an Exciting Year

It’s 2015 now, and I have big plans.  So much to do, and I’m going to go for it.  I guess this is the standard New Year’s Resolution post.

Writing

This is the most important thing I need to focus on this year.  Journey to Ariadne has been slowly written up until now, but I’m planning to write for at least 15 minutes a day and get a part finished every two weeks.  And since I’ll be using Critique Circle a lot, I’ll be critiquing six times a month.  After I’ve finished the web serial, I will get to work on the novel itself, which will include the content of what you can read online, but expanded a lot.  It may not even be recognisable.  At the same time, I’ll be working on a new science fiction series of short stories that I intend to publish sometime next year through Amazon in a bit of a Kindle Unlimited experiment.

I’ll also be participating in Flash! Friday as often as I can.

This Blog

Expect two posts per day.  That’s right, at least 730 posts this year.  This is actually my fifth of the year already.  There are many things going on with this blog:

  • Authors Answer will continue every week (Fridays).
  • What Will You Write? will resume soon, and hopefully it’ll gain some more interest.
  • Encyclopedia Entries will continue with the moon series.
  • I’ll be asking a lot of questions for my readers regularly.  This has no schedule.
  • I’ll be looking at the countries that my readers live in, write some basic information about them, then ask those readers to recommend places to visit, food to eat, and activities to do in the country.
  • More interviews with authors.  In fact, if you’re an author and you want to be interviewed, then you can contact me on my About page.

Community

I’ll be visiting a lot of blogs this year and commenting as much as I can.  I want to connect a lot, and hopefully gain some good acquaintances, or even friends.  I love the online blogging community I’ve gotten in touch with already.

Reading

I didn’t make my target of 30 books in 2014.  I’ll be setting another target of 30 this year, but I’ll change my reading habits.  Of course, I’ll continue to read during my commute and some of my lunch breaks, but I intend to read for at least 15 minutes before I go to bed every night.  I should be able to make my target that way.

Photography

My Mainichi Dokodemo Photography daily iPhone photo blog is far behind.  I’m still posting pictures from last spring.  I’ll eventually catch up.

I’m also going to start a new blog about architectural and technological design.

Life

This will be my last full year in Japan, so we need to prepare for my wife’s immigration to Canada.  Lots of paperwork, but also cleaning, throwing out things we don’t need, preliminary job searches, and so on.  My daughter will also be more conversational, so I want to focus a lot on her ability to speak both English and Japanese, as well as recognise letters and Japanese characters.  Should be fun.

Online Studying

I’m going to continue with the online courses, though only one at a time.  No need to put stress on my time.  I also plan to work on languages, mainly Japanese and French, but also more with Spanish.

Immediate Future

There’s probably a lot I’m forgetting.  But tonight, I’ll be getting the ninth Authors Answer posted.  It’ll be a bit early in the day (just after midnight), but that’s because we have a very busy three days coming up.  I’ll still be posting twice a day, though mostly from my phone.  I’ll also try to keep up with the comments this way.  There are another couple of posts I plan to do in the next few days, one about the best and worst books I read in 2014, and one for what I’m reading in 2015.  Look forward to it!

What are you up to this year?