Every year, I set goals for myself, and every quarter, I review my progress. So, here goes.
1. Finish my third novel, tentatively titled On the Other Side, which will be a steampunk political thriller because, well, why not.
This hasn’t happened, and is nowhere close to happening any time soon.
2. Write and submit at least one new short story every month.
I wrote about twenty stories when I was in India in January, and I’m slowly working through edits. But so far, I’ve submitted two stories (one in January, one in February). I have one forthcoming from my publisher, but I’m not counting that one because it didn’t technically go through a submission process.
3.Get a short story collection ready for publication (not including The Futility of Loving a Soldier, which will be out this summer from Evolved – hopefully).
I don’t have nearly enough short stories right now for a collection.
4. Self-publish at least two long short stories.
I may revise this, because if my publisher is willing to release them, it’ll be better publicity. I guess it all depends on when I get something finished, and how long it is. I have a series of novellas in the planning stages that may fit here.
5. Read 100 books.
I’m at 19, which Goodreads tells me is 6 behind where I should be. I’m actually pretty impressed with this though; I’m working fulltime and taking a full courseload this semester, so I don’t have much time for anything.
6. Learn a new language – either Spanish, Tamil, Arabic, or Icelandic – to the point I can carry on a basic conversation in it.
I found a great podcast, Coffee Break Spanish, that I listen to at work. So far my Spanish skills aren’t great beyond the whole “Hi, how are you?” thing, but I’m slowly making progress.
If you’ve set goals for yourself, how’re they going so far this year?