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Last year, I set only three writing goals for myself. One the one hand, I only accomplished two of them. On the other hand, I really like what I did accomplish:

  • There's the new version of the pirate novel, which I had to rewrite from the ground up. Several chapters proved to be very thorny (I'm looking at you, chapter 10), several new chapters showed up, and the entire second half needed rethinking.

  • Then there's Not!Sherlock, which went out on submission in February, got a revise and resubmit from an amazing publisher in May, and is now awaiting final word from that same publisher.

There was more, but those are the highlights. There were also two fabulous vacations, one medical curveball, my first tattoo, and a promotion at the dayjob.

Here is where I usually list my goals for the New Year. And usually life hands me a plot twist that upends those goals. This year? Even more uncertain than ever. Everthing depends on whether Not!Sherlock sells. Or the pirate novel. (Or both!) But if I had to pick a few goals, I'd choose:

  • Write at least one chapter of Not!Mansfield Park

  • Write one novella in my River of Souls world

  • Release new editions of Passion Play and Fox & Phoenix, print and e-book, with new covers and lower prices for the e-books

Low key goals, but goals that are important to me. Let's see how it goes...

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Date: 2017-01-01 05:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aryanhwy.livejournal.com
This is all so exciting.

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Date: 2017-01-01 05:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aryanhwy.livejournal.com
Oh, and just because it occurred to me that the connection may never have been made -- [livejournal.com profile] aryanhwy = @SaraLUckelman on twitter.

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Date: 2017-01-02 12:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beth-bernobich.livejournal.com
Ahah! I had not made the connection. And while there are no guarantees in publishing, as you know, I am hoping very hard that I make a sale this year.

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Date: 2017-01-04 08:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aryanhwy.livejournal.com
And we're all hoping here with you. :)

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Date: 2017-01-01 09:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deborahjross.livejournal.com
I love setting goals instead of making resolutions. Resolutions so often have to do with changing ourselves by sheer force of will, and that never ends happily (either we fail or we succeed and wish we hadn't). But goals speak to who we aspire to be, and things we dream of accomplishing. Even modest ones. I salute your goals and find them inspiring.

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Date: 2017-01-02 12:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beth-bernobich.livejournal.com
Thank you. Yes, I gave up on resolutions years ago. These days I go with "What can I do this year that matters to me?"

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