As we did last year, the scandalous Victorians and I—writers as well as history enthusiasts—are writing out our resolutions. Here they are. . . .
Do a better job separating the business end of writing from the creative end.
Finish Stalking Star. Rewrite and revise Westwind and Heart and Soul
Do a better job promoting Wild Card than I did for Wicked Woman
Blog more often. I do have research to share—I just never seem to get to it!
Re-vamp our blog to be prettier. We lost our Victorian house in the corner, and I can’t figure out how to get it back.
See if we can come up with a blog schedule, and extend guest blogging invitations to other Victorian history enthusiasts and/or writers. (anyone interested, btw, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org)
I ended 2007 on a happy note by selling my vampire romance short story, Eternity Waits, to The Wild Rose Press. It's been quite a while since I've sold anything, so I want to continue my good fortune into the new year.
1) My biggest goal of 2008 is to write more.
I've joined HHRW's Historical Hearts Writing Challenge loop and plan to set both weekly and monthly goals there. Having a place where I'm held accountable is a big help in accomplishing goals.
2) Make more time to read both in and out of my genre.
3) Mail out partials to my first choice publishers for my new Civil War romance and enter it in as many contests as I can afford. I don't think that will be many, but maybe I'll luck out and place in at least one. I haven't started revisions on this story, but a request should get my engine running.
4) Do some cutting on my time travel romance and try to find another publisher willing to look at it.
5) Step up my promotion efforts in advance of my short story's release.
6) Complete the outline for my sci-fi romance and finish the first draft by the end of 2008.
1 - Be a more consistent blogger2 - Finish the 3 mss I have been tinkering with for the past year. JUST FINISH THEM!
2 - Finish the 3 mss I have been tinkering with for the past year. JUST FINISH THEM!
3 - Update my website more often
4 - Research more publishers, and send out queries
I am blog challenged. Love reading them, but don't do them well myself so I hideout meekly in my office ignoring requests. My goal is to create my own blog style and go for the gold.
I guess I'll say blog more and be more productive in my writing. I didn't put writing first as often as Ishould have this year, and since I have a lot going on in 2008, I really need to!
January 1st is one of my favorite days of the year. All my faults and bad habits disappear. I become a productive, efficient person. I handle emergencies calmly and always stay on track. I see the areas where I need to organize and fine tune my work schedule, my files, the top of my desk, my closet, etc. I luxuriate in the knowledge that this will be THE YEAR! Finally!
I will stop wasting time at the computer and produce great romantic prose each and every day.
I will have time to READ. Read BOOKS. I'll finish WICKED WOMAN and write my version of a review of it. I'll read RHETT BUTLER'S PEOPLE (Christmas gift from my sister) and find time to read some of the other books stacked around the house.
I will finish A MAN AT THE DOOR.
I WILL BE PUBLISHED!
Uh oh. Tomorrow is January 1st. I start a four week workshop. There goes JANUARY!
THERE'S ALWAYS 2009!
1. Re-write, edit and submit Playing For Keeps by the end of March.
2. Research Wild Geese stories, begin the first installment.
3. Continue to publicize In Sunshine or in Shadow.
Kristin-Marie:Rewrite Vein of Gold as a screenplay version, submit two more historical manuscripts for publisher review and consideration, and keep up with the Scandalous Victorians and the blogs.
And finally Jenn:
My New Year's HOPE is to get done everything on my last year's resolution list.
For those of you wondering, here's our list for last year--I wince at it, because I didn't do any of them!