Tuesday, February 5, 2013

2013 Bucket List Challenge Blog Hop

What will you cross off your Bucket List in 2013? 

First off, thank you to Dana Sitar for hosting this blog hop. Check out her book, A Writer's Bucket List, available starting today.

This Blog Hop Challenge is to make a list of my goals for the year. Now they'll be out here for all see. Bring on the guilt monkeys. 

Part of my focus on me resolution involves making more time for writing and not frying my creative brain at work so I have nothing left when I sit down to write. I don't need writing disaster like NaNo Novel 2012. No sir, I really don't. That was depressing.

So how about something more uplifting? Like some things I'd like to accomplish this year?

1. Keep Trust bouncing around in queryland. No more downtime for that one. It's had it's years of rewrites and edits. It needs to move out now. It is currently out and I have a whole list of places to send it so no excuses for this one. Unless it finds a home. I suppose I should somewhat rephrase this goal rather than be utterly pessimistic....keep it bouncing around until it finds a home or I decide to make a home for it.

2. Get A Broken Race out in queryland. I've put off getting submission materials put together for that one for a good six months now for lack of time and motivation. Apparently this finished novel and the list of presses I'd like to send it to aren't going to magically connect on their own.

3. Get at least two more short stories published. I've got two out in submissions right now. If they both find a home, I can cross that off my list and focus on #4 and #5.

4. Revise at least two short stories that have been languishing on my hard drive so they can join the others in submissions. I've already started on one, but that start consists of opening the file, staring at the cursor and getting frozen on the thought that I might screw it up worse if I start messing with it. Time take deep breaths and get on with it. There's always the back up file if I manage to suck all the magic out of the words.

5. And last on my list: Revise and FINISH one of the darn novels that's just sitting there doing nothing but glare at me for years. I've got Camp NaNo in April or November NaNo to conquer this if I don't manage to find the time elsewhere.

These are all attainable goals. I can do this. Deep breaths.

What's on your bucket list for 2013?

10 comments:

  1. Jean - best of luck dusting off your novels.

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  2. Thanks for joining the hop, Jean! Really great goals for this year -- well-thought-out, ambitious, but practical. Best of luck with all!

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  3. Dropping by from the blog hop... You CAN do this! Even if you can only do a few of the things on this list this year, those are still brilliant accomplishments and things to be very proud of. I like that learning how not to fry your creative brain at work is a resolution... I think that's an excellent one. One I should be striving for myself! Best of luck this year!

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement. I've already got the first short story revised so things are looking up. Funny how making a list and putting it out there suddenly gets things going. :)

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  4. Wow! I am honored to be in the presence of a published author. # 5 should be put on my list too. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and good luck with finishing one of your novel projects. :)

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  5. Hi Jean. Awesome goals. Short stories are thing I have a hard time pulling off right.

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    1. Shorts weren't always my thing either, but a couple years ago they just started clicking. This might also having something do to with the fact that it seemed like a legitimate way to procrastinate with the novel projects I had going at the time.

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