I haven’t written anything substantial in…oh…probably a year. Probably since I turned Wolf in way back in August of ’11. I’ve done revisions, I’ve done edits, I’ve dribbled and drabbled here and there, but I haven’t sat down to actually write anything new. Mostly because I have been so torn up over whether the series would be continued, and then knowing that it wouldn’t, and… Bleh. Mental anguish takes a toll on the creative process.
However. It is now time for me to get off my ass. So, with that as my goal, here is the list of things I would like to accomplish, in no particular order or priority.
Finish A Night of Fire and Ash: This book is actually about 3 chapters from being complete. It was actually my Nano project clear back in ’09 (dear gods, really that far back?) and if The Editor is considering publishing it, she’s gonna want an ending. They like endings. But even if I just take what I have now and tack the last three chapters on the end, it’s going to end up way shorter on word count than I’m happy with. So in addition to finishing it, it needs a complete revision. Recently, I did a revision on the first three chapters, and I’m really happy with that. I just need to continue from that point, and then jump into the last three chapters when I get there. Estimated completion date: Ideally, I’d like this done by the end of the year, so that I can jump into Book 4 of JJD at that point.
Write Book 4 of JJD: I currently have about 7K words written on this. If I start my concerted efforts on January 1, I would need to write approximately 24K words a month to finish it by my self-assigned deadline of April 1st and a word count of 80K. That’s 6K words a week, or 857 words a day on a 7-day writing week. (for a 5-day writing week, ‘cause I like weekends just like anybody, it works out to 1,200 words a day) Barring any unexpected divergences (ie: stopping to do revisions on a sold book), this should be an easily accomplished task. Estimated completion date: April 1st.
Speak at the RT Convention: Toward the beginning of May, the RT convention will be here in KC, and I’m slotted to speak on a panel. I will also be signing books at the huge book signing thingy that they do, and I’m really, really looking forward to it. It’ll be my first con! Feel free to locate me and ask my opinion on local barbecue. Since I imagine that JJD 4 will still be with beta readers at this point, it’ll be a good chance for me to stop, catch my breath, and make more concrete plans for the rest of the year.
Choose a brand new project: Like I said, I haven’t written anything in over a year. Nothing I would consider “new”. So one thing I’d like to do this coming year is to get started on creating something new. My main potentials are probably a sequel to NoFA, or a sequel to Peacemaker, or maybe, just MAYBE, I might actually go back to The Pugilist and the Alchemist. A good friend has been helping me hash out the details of that one over the last year, and I finally feel like I’m in a place where I could actually write it. Estimated completion date: No idea. Mostly, I want to do this to at least get me started on creating again. Whether I complete it this year is up for grabs, especially since at some point, JJD 5 will have to become a priority (and taking into consideration that I may have other books under contract by then)
Get JJD 4 published: Still not sure what I’m going to do here, precisely. The way things are going, I’m leaning more toward putting an ebook out first, and then trying to get a paperback in the works a little later. A lot of it’s going to depend on money, and whether or not I’m brave enough to try the whole Kickstarter thing. Estimated completion date: Um…not sure. But, theoretically, if I can get the type of editing I want on it, and get a good cover created, let’s shoot for the end of 2013. Don’t hold me to that, folks, I’m just kinda throwing out wishes here.
When you look at it all laid out like that, 2013 looks like a pretty damn busy year. You have to keep in mind that I’ll be doing all this at the same time that I work a 40-hour week, with an hour of commute time, and then cook/clean/do all the things required to raise a pre-teen daughter. Oh, and I gotta fit sleep in somewhere.
I can do it. I’ve done it before. I just gotta get off my ass.