- I know I say this every damn year, but I really need to blog more. My last post was two months ago on October 3rd. That is unacceptable. I need to find things to say and freaking say them, on my web log. End of. This will be a priority. To blog weekly or every other week.
- Read more. I had a reading goal of 100 books on Goodreads in 2016 and I fell well short of that goal. I hang my head in sorrowful shame. There are a few books I am determined to read this coming year, books that will strengthen me as a writer/poet, editor, proofreader, and publisher. I want to read a chapter a day (or as much as I can daily) of each of the following books of the craft:
- The Editor’s Companion, by Steve Dunham
- The Subversive Copy Editor, by Carol Fisher Saller
- The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, by Christopher Vogler
- Revision and Self-Editing, by James Scott Bell
- poemcrazy, by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge
- I will only schedule 5 craft-help books to read from daily, leaving the weekend free to pursue writing and reading fiction. I have some fiction reading goals as well:
- Archivist Wasp, by Nicole Kornher-Stace, and;
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Read the following fiction books:
- Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
- Collected Stories, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- Best American Fantasy, ed. by Ann & Jeff Vandermeer
- The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories, ed. by Ann & Jeff Vandermeer
- Live more, laugh more, worry less. Times will be difficult. We have an infantile idiot in charge of our country. We can protest, but we can also find joy in our every day experiences.
- I’m going to pursue freelance work with a passion, while I continue to work both of my other jobs.
- I’m going to write, write, write. I need to get some more fiction accomplished, so that I have something good to send grad schools.
- Study for the GRE, take it, and pass the damn thing.
- Keep on breathing. Keep on, keepin’ on. Very important, this one. Because when we stop, we die.
My wishes for you for 2017:
- May you find joy when you look for it. And here’s a bit of interesting news, if you dig thinking about the Chinese zodiac as I do. The Year of the Fire Monkey (2016) was pretty shitty. The Year of the Fire Rooster (2017) may not be that much better. In 2018, though, we begin a new element cycle, with the year of the Earth Dog, so things could start turning around then. I hope. I don’t believe in these things, really, but I love thinking about them. It’s the creative Wood Snake in me. ;)
This is it, really. Going to continue to pursue better health, but not listing that as a goal because I’m doing it already and I’m going to continue.