2017 was a mixed bag. I got a lot of stuff done, but since I didn’t query anything, it feels like a waste. That’s obviously not true; I finished drafts of two projects, one of which involved extensive edits. I beta read two large projects. I upped my game in term of my reading. I did a lot–I did a great job. But. I can do better. So for 2018!
1) Do another editing pass or two on Kheras, my fantasy romance. This is probably the story I have that’s closest to query-ready, so I’d love to have it ready to roll by the end of the year.
2) Overhaul my paranormal history. I got some great notes from a beta reader (and learned a lot about the scope of the story from drafting book 2). So now I need to revisit book 1 and put all of that into practice. It’s a lot of work, but I know it needs done, and I know I can do it.
3) Draft my magical realism novel. I’m in the outlining phase right now, but I do want to get the first draft of it done this year.
4) Read! I set my goal to 52 books this year; one per week. I’m hoping to expand my horizons with more diverse reads. I mean this both in terms of subject matter and kinds of story. Books with diverse protagonists (not cis/het/white/male/able-bodied and -minded, etc), #ownvoices authors when I can get my hands on them. I’m also looking to read things I wouldn’t ordinarily reach for: contemporaries; romances; adult fiction; literary fiction; classics.
5) Kick-start my blog. I’ve taken some time away from it while I settled into my new job, but I think I’m about ready to start it up again.
That’s the scope of the next 525,600 minutes. Well, slightly less, since the year is 20 hours old. But still. Let’s do this!