Then back home for Hogmanay (only hindered by a broken light bulb on the plane home). I trust everyone managed to have a (relatively) peaceful time with loved ones. Our holidays are still going on as the kids aren't back to school til next Monday, but I'm attempting to shake off the stupor induced by too much cake and chocolate and get back into a writing frame of mind. I have had a few new ideas, but not to do with the work in progress.
As many others have done, I'm going to set down my goals for this year and try not to fall too far short of them. Bullet points ahoy:
- Finish the first draft of my WIP (and second, third etc as required)
- Send out to agents and smaller publishers that accept unagented submissions (I haven't tried these before)
- Write more short stories, try to publish some, start work on next book
- E-publish a collection of short stories on Kindle (nerveracking, but definitely want to do this this year)
- Get involved in more stuff (eg bloghops, blogfests, groups, contests)
- Overhaul the design (got ideas for this, but not got round to it yet, and need to figure out what the flip I'm doing!)
- I'd also like to bring my journalistic skills to the fore and do a series of interviews, probably on a monthly basis, with newer blogs or those with under 50 followers. The rationale is I'd like to help others in a similar boat to myself. I'll be approaching candidates, but feel free to mention in comments if this would interest you!
I'm probably boring you now, so I'll just say I hope everyone has a great year and you make excellent progress in all your endeavours. I know you've probably listed your goals on your blog, so I'll ask: what was the best present you gave/received at Christmas, in relation to reading or writing?