New Year’s goals and a writing game update

As might be obvious from the lack of posting here and on my Twitter, I’m currently on holiday, which has been wonderful for my brain and rather less so for my wordcount.

However! As a result of having got slightly tipsy last night, I did manage to finish up the #sensationalWIP questions for December, thus closing off the last bit of ‘I need to get this done before January’ I had hanging over me. Which, in turn, clears the decks for setting some goals for 2019, as follows:

– finish the first full draft for Blood on the Snow. That’s not as daunting as it might sound, given I’m currently about 2/3 to 3/4 of the way through and most of that was written in 2018.

– start the first proper draft for Silver in the Ashes (sequel to Blood on the Snow, surprising no-one. I have a theme with this trilogy). See above.

– win NaNoWriMo 2019, because it’s been a bloody long time since I’ve actually won one.

– actually get more done on Seventh Son. 2018 was mostly porting already-written chapters over to this site – 2019, ideally, should see some new material.

– write more short stories, because they’re not something I’m confident with yet and I need the practice.

–  on that subject, get 100 rejections. This one comes from a friend of mine, but as a way of looking at the submission process which doesn’t make you want to curl up and hide in a hole, it’s definitely not a bad one.

– actually start writing poetry again.

– and, finally, get a damn sight better at introducing my worlds and characters to people. In this, at least, I have a distinct advantage in that one of my partners is a bloody good artist and (because they are amazing) has promised me character portraits for Argentum at some point in the future.

I don’t know how many of these I’ll actually end up getting done – life has a habit of jumping up and biting me when I start making plans which involve spending significant amounts of time not paying attention to it. But y’know what? I’m excited to find out.

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