Goals for 2012

On tap writing-wise for this year:

1. Complete the first draft of The Second Life of Bartholomew T. Lion.
(This is the novel begun for Camp NaNoWriMo last August.) Ideally I’d like to do this in the first half of the year, so I can maybe get a couple beta reads and get going on revisions in the second half of the year.

2. Release at least 2 more stories/collections via Smashwords and Amazon’s Kindle store.
“Real Dragons Don’t Wear Sweaters” sold reasonably well last year, and I’d like to expand my self-published ebook presence a bit this year, while still pursuing traditional publishing opportunities.

3. Get a professional head shot taken.
The photo I’m currently using was always meant to be something of a placeholder, so I’d like to replace it with a more polished one… preferably sometime when I’ve just gotten a good haircut and I’m looking all spiffy. 😉

4. Enter the Writers of the Future contest every quarter this year.
I managed to get in an entry in quarter 3 last year… though I didn’t make it past the first round. (I figure this goal might serve a dual purpose and encourage me to complete at least four of my current short-stories-in-progress this year.)

As far as traditional resolutions go, they’re pretty much the same thing I struggle with generally: 1) getting writing off the bottom of the to-do list and making it part of my routine again, and 2) trying not to be quite so desperately envious of other writers I know who (in the little world of my mind) are succeeding at everything I’m failing at. >_< We'll see how that goes, but all in all, I'm putting more faith in the goals than the resolutions.