The bad news first. I never got my writing mojo back last year. Three months I was dead in the water. I never finished that dream story for the Cafe. I did find an ending for one story I was working on, but haven't written it. I managed to pull out a story the day before the post went live on the Cafe about something completely different, so I didn't let the Cafe down. But it wasn't the story I wanted to tell.
I didn't keep with my timeline for 2016. I had planned on finishing up Book 3 this month, but I still haven't written more than a couple thousand words on it. And I never did finish the last episode of the first season of my adventure novel.
I did not participate in National Novel Writing Month for the first time since I found out about it over a decade ago.
I missed several writing meetings, write-ins, and get togethers.
But. Good news. In 2016, I:
- Finished editing Monsters of Lawrence
- Finished writing Towers of Kansas, which I started back in 2012
- Did first round edits for Towers of Kansas
- Finished writing episode three of my adventure series
- Wrote episode four of my adventure series
- Started episode five of my adventure series
- Finished writing the first book in the Druid Wars series
- Did an editing treatment for Online Dating for Demons so it's ready for dev edits
- Wrote a flash fiction for the 24-hour writing contest, which is currrently on submission
- Wrote seven stories for the Confabulator Cafe
- Managed the Cafe so that it had at least four stories every single month in 2016
- Spoke on six panels and did a reading at ConQuest
- Wrote a story-in-a-bag for ConQuest
- Attended my first WorldCon
- Wrote twelve blog posts for the year (even if it wasn't one a month, it was close)
- Overall, wrote over 115,000 words on various projects and spent countless hours editing
- And even though it wasn't ready, I did query Book 1 with six different agents
In addition to all of that writing, I also edited two novels and three novellas for three different clients.
I had a solid year. I made the project timeline. I followed it until the last couple of months. I cataloged all of my stories and found ways to fix them all. I made concrete goals and good progress toward them.
So. This year, my goals are to:
- Write Scions of Mythos
- Sell or self-publish Monsters of Lawrence
- Send Towers of Kansas to beta readers and incorporate their edits
- Finish the first season of my adventure novellas
- Start the second season of my adventure novellas
- Write at least six stories for the Cafe (and keep the Cafe running)
- Edit Druid Wars Book 1 for beta readers
- Start writing Druid Wars Book 2
- Do dev edits for Online Dating for Demons
- Help run Reader Con in October
- Write a blog update every month, even if I have nothing to report.
It's ambitious for me, especially since it's a lot more of the same, which is stuff I've been struggling to work on for the last three months without any luck.
But I did learn some valuable lessons. One, timelines are great, but they have to be flexible. Two, I will get burned out, so I have to work hard during the good months and go easy on myself during the tough ones. Three, NaNoWriMo is time for new projects, not continuing old ones. I need to keep expanding the various worlds I have at my disposal, and I will do better with a clean slate than trying to continue in other worlds for NaNo.
It seems daunting now, in the depths of my SAD, but I know I won't be in this pit forever. I will write again. And I will see one of my books in print this year, even if I have to put it out there myself.
And thus begins year six of this blog! Only four more years.
It's crazy how time flies.