2014 goals

Probably the best way to start 2014 (and this blog) is to commit to some goals. That’s how it’s done, ain’t it? After all, how else am I going to hate myself come Dec 31 and then resolve to double my efforts?

Anyhoo, here’s what I’m aiming for this year:

Write, and submit, at least 12 shorts this year. This is going to be accomplished with the help of the motivating Write1Sub1 and the handy-dandy Submission Grinder.
I’ve made resolution to go along with this goal: With the exception of Every Day Fiction, I’m no longer submitting to token and non-paying markets. I need to level-up, raise the bar for myself, crank up the hot sauce and, well, you get the idea. (Please note that I have no problem with non-paying or token markets. Far from it. But I’ve done that, a few times, and I want to force myself to step things up.)

At least one submission to an anthology. Specifically, I’m planning to submit to Unidentified Funny Objects #3. Alex Shvartsman has been editing what’s become an annual anthology of humorous science fiction and fantasy. UFO is also only humorous genre anthology to come along in decades.
I’ll offer my best. And if I don’t get in this year, I’ll try again next year. Yes, this is an anthology I’d like to be a part of.

Complete and submit one novelette. Actually, I’m finishing it right now. First few drafts were completed late last year.
What defines a novelette? SFWA defines a novella as a work of fiction between with a word count between 17,500 and 40,000. And a novelette is smaller than a novella but larger than a short story — so between 17,500 words and something like 7,500 words.

Write a novel. This doesn’t mean having an agent-ready novel by Dec 31 of this year. But I am aiming to have a completed rough draft by the close of the year.
At the time of this writing, I’m at the brainstorming stages of this novel-length project. Majority of the outlining (yes, I’m an outliner) and writing will likely take place during the summer, I’ll set it aside for the fall and start revisions during the winter.

Attend at least one convention. I’ve never attended a convention of any kind. Doesn’t have to be a major con. Doesn’t even have to be science fiction. I’m just going to go to a con, and any con will do.
I actually have my eye on BizarroCon 2014. It’s quite a ways away, so I don’t know if I can budget airfare + convention. But BizarroCon is “major” in its own way, and I dig many of the authors who attend, so I’m going to give it a shot.

Aw-right. The year is already fully underway. I’ll have the obligatory year-in-review post in 12 months, and hopefully the self-loathing will be minimal. Cheers!

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