Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Goals for 2013

I'm not much for resolutions, but I do believe in setting goals.  So I thought I'd set out a few goals for 2013. 

First, I want to write more.  And by that, I mean fiction.  Blogging is fun, but if I'm not careful, it can take over all my time.  So I want to write at least 1500 words of fiction a week.  That's a minimum, and if I see that I'm hitting that without breaking a sweat, I'll probably up that amount.  I'm looking into ways to keep documents in the cloud so I can work in multiple locations and not be constrained to a single computer.  Or have to keep up with a flashdrive. I'm thinking about posting a weekly recap on what I've accomplished here.  Maybe a little positive peer pressure will work in my favor.

Second, I want to post more often at Futures Past and Present.  By more often I mean more frequently than once every few months.  I'd like to post at least twice a month.  We'll see if that happens.  I posted there earlier this evening, and the next several novel I'm planning on reviewing will be science fiction, so I should meet that goal at least one month.

Of course I want to keep posting regularly here.  Since I've expanded my focus, I'll be able to write about things other than just fantasy and historical fiction.  I'm also going to look at more short fiction, which should make things easier.

I'd like to make all my deadlines at Amazing Stories.  If I can stay ahead, then I should be able to do that.

One of the things I'm going to do to help manage my time is to not spend so much time on Twitter.  I'll still check in, but it may not be every day.  Beyond that, I'll tell myself that Free Cell is broken.  It all comes down to time management, which is mainly self-discipline.  Not one of my strong points.  But I'm going to try.  Not that I've said publicly what I hope to achieve, all the world will be watching if I fail.  No pressure.


  1. You and I, we seem to exist in parallel lives.

  2. Setting writing goals is very important. I set a goal when I was starting out of doing something "writing related" every day, which might mean reading an article on writing, or, mostly, writing myself. Sometimes it was only a few sentences but it kept the momentum going.

  3. I'm partial to Dropbox for actual files. Other choices are Evernote, Google Docs, et al.