Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017

So with the end of the year it is time for all sorts of reflection. I literally just got back from traveling YESTERDAY (and thankfully am not going to be away from home for months on end), so I haven’t had an opportunity to really update this blog in over a week. That means I should probably look at this webpage again and simply make sure everything is up to date, that my links all work, and just do basic maintenance.

In the meantime, how about I look back and see how I did with last year’s resolutions, and come up with new ones for 2017?

2016 Resolution Progress

For 2016 I had a total of 5 resolutions involved with my writing.

  1. Launch In Honor’s Shadow before March.
    Completed. Ended up getting the book out the door right at the end of February. That means I was really down to the wire on it. In retrospect I probably should have given myself a little more time so I wasn’t scrambling so hard at the last-minute.
  2. Keep my webpage updated.
    Mostly Successful. Because of the move there were points where I didn’t update on time, or just skipped updates entirely. Don’t think there is much to complain about here.
  3. Finish writing my 2nd book.
    Successful, barely. I intended to have this book written by the end of July, but only got it done mid-December (again, thanks to the move). So that is 5 months late, but in the end I managed.
  4. Be ready for NaNoWriMo.
    Depending on how you measure “ready” I arguably succeeded, however I count this as a failure. I had a novella ready to be written, but because the move messed everything up I decided it was way more important to finish my 2nd book…which then ran long.
  5. Write at least 1,000 words/day, 6 days a week.
    Successful, and how. Just on my book I wrote nearly 130,000 words. On a second side “just for fun” project I took up while moving I managed 186,000 words. Then there is a short story I wrote over the course of 24 hours that was 13,000 words. That is nearly 330,000 words, and I haven’t gotten to these blog posts or my newsletter, or my editing (which I decided to count at 1/2 the rate of writing). For reference, I was only supposed to do 312,000 at minimum. I feel like I am safe on this one.

So, when all is said and done I managed 4 out of 5 of my resolutions, at least where it pertains to writing. That isn’t too shabby I think.

Resolutions for 2017

With the move behind me, and looking back on everything I managed last year, I feel like it is only reasonable for me to set my sights just as high this year. To that end I am going to lay out the following goals for 2017:

  1. Launch Book #2 of my Honor’s Path series before the end of the year.
    The book is written, and I would really like to get it fully edited and released by December if possible. That means I’ll need to revise, edit, proofread, and format it. I also need to decide on a title and get cover art made. Fortunately, now that I know the process, I shouldn’t have as much trouble as I did with In Honor’s Shadow.
  2. Write that Novella I had intended for NaNoWriMo.
    This should be easily as I don’t expect this will be any longer than 60,000 words. A month or two of writing at most. If possible, it would be nice to also get this published this year. That isn’t something I am going to push TOO hard though. I’ll be happy if I get it written, although publishing it and getting 2 books out the door this year would be a nice bonus.
  3. Start writing, and finish, Book #3 of my Honor’s Path Series.
    After my first goal, this is probably the second most important one. My overall business goal is to have at least 1 book launch every year. That is ambitious, but I think it is necessary to get a catalog built up ASAP. More books is more chances for exposure, which hopefully means more sales (and makes any advertising I do more effective).
  4. Be more consistent with my Newsletter.
    One problem I’ve constantly encountered with my newsletter is that I’m getting it out later than I would like. That needs to stop. Part of the issue is that I never feel like I have anything to say, which in turn comes back to my putting it off to the last moment. Really bad habit and IMO disrespectful to everyone who has bothered to sign up. I need to stop slacking off here.
  5. Write at least 1,000 words/day, 6 days a week.
    Related to my goals of getting books out, I naturally need to write a bunch. I know this isn’t any higher than last year’s goal, but it feels a bit right to me. While I often write more in a day, this allows me to take time off from time to time so it feels like a good work/life balance even if I am always busting my butt to get more written. So long as I meet this measure I can say that I haven’t been slacking off.

With that out-of-the-way, I wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope that you have had (or are in the process of having) an enjoyable holiday season!