TLDR: Writing. Lots of writing. Then publishing. Lots of publishing. Oh, and some cooking.
Before I get to 2019, I should probably briefly swing back to the last half of 2018 since I’ve been conspicuously absent from the blog this last quarter.
My biggest accomplishment this year? I wrapped up my 52 Stories in 52 Weeks challenge and wrangled three books out of it. Publishing a book has been dream #1 since I started writing in 2011 and it only took me, gee, seven years to get there. 🙂
But the time it takes is the time it takes. I’m not fretting over that. Two things truly matter:
One, I did it.
Two, it’s a stepping-stone to the next accomplishment.
Past that, when I haven’t been fighting seasonal allergies and norovirus, I’ve been up to the gills (wait, I’m a fish!?) in reading and writing. This year, I signed up for two lifetime memberships to WMG workshops–one for online workshops and the other for in-person workshops.
So far, these have been fruitful beyond words. The lessons and exercises contained within are invaluable and I love that I can go back any time to the online workshops and review certain concepts. The memberships weren’t cheap, but I’ve deemed them well worth it before I’ve even taken enough workshops to break even (which would be ten online and four in-person).
Investments, folks. These are long-term investments in what I plan on being a long-term career.
Okay, so enough about 2018.
Let’s look forward.
I have three goals formulated–two professional, one personal:
- Write and publish four fiction books.
- Write and publish one non-fiction book.
- Cook something I’ve never cooked before every weekend that I’m home.
Let’s tackle #1:
Four fiction books. Not sure yet how these will take shape. It could be four novels…four novellas…four short story collections…a serial…or some combination of any of those. But I will publish four books in the realm of fiction, incorporating all that I’ve learned thus far.
On to #2:
One non-fiction book. During all of the learning I’ve been undergoing through the workshops and re-reading my collection of books on the craft of writing, I’ve become enamored with the process of learning as a whole and how to optimize that process. My plan is to write a series of blog articles on how I’ve approached learning how to be a better fiction writer and then expand upon those articles within a book that I wish had been available to me when I first started. Hopefully, other writers will have been looking for a similar book.
Because goals shouldn’t be so one-note, right? I’m the one who does all the cooking for the family, which is fine by me. I love to cook and I’ve been trying my hand at a couple of different things this year I’d never tried–roast leg of lamb being one of them (it came out awesome, and quickly, thanks to some help from my trusty Instant Pot). I thought it might be fun to try something new every weekend that I’m home. There are so many different cuisines to explore, as well as modes (entrees, side dishes, desserts, etc.). I already have the first dish planned, courtesy of the The Great British Baking Show–an opera cake.
How about you all? Did you accomplish what you wanted to in 2018? What are your goals for 2019?