Happy New Year!

Cassini_NewYears_2010_fullHappy New Year!

The picture is actually from the NASA website, and was used for New Years in 2010, but I thought it was perfect, since it looks a lot like the cover of my novella Saturn in Retrograde.

2014 hasn’t been a bad year for me.  It was my first year writing full-time, and I saw two new novels published, along with two stories in the Gothika #1 and #2 series, as well as a story published for Brent Hartinger’s The Real Story Safe Sex Project, and a free story for the Love’s Landscapes event on Goodreads.  I’m also finishing the first draft of a new novel, and I’m about 2/3rds through another YA novel.

Not bad.

I don’t really know what to do for a New Year’s resolution.  Not that I really have to have one, but, you know… it’s traditional.  I’d love to lose some weight, but we all know how those resolutions tend to go.  I suppose a more practical resolution would be to increase my writing output.  I didn’t do too badly, but I tend to waste a lot of time on the Internet when I should be writing.  I often don’t get anything accomplished until the last couple hours of the day—then I crank.  That could definitely be improved.

I know a lot of people will say, “You shouldn’t worry about putting more out.  You need to worry about producing good stories first.”  Well, I do worry about producing good stories.  But the simple fact of the matter is, in order to make any money at this craft, you have to produce.  We don’t live in a society that favors artists of any kind.  A few make it to the top and bring in a lot of money, but most have to survive by having a large output.  The trick is to produce more and still have it be good.

So that’s my New Years Resolution: to write more without the quality of my writing suffering.

What’s yours?

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4 responses to “Happy New Year!

  1. I’m not making resolutions, I never keep those. My goal, is to lose weight. Not so easy to do with my condition
    I have a lot of faith in you and your writing. I have read everything you have written except one. I think it just gets better and better.
    I look forward to what you produce in 2015 and don’t put so much pressure on yourself. If the story isn’t there, it isn’t there. Lots of love and hugs!

  2. Lillith

    I’m not big on resolutions so much as goals. Resolutions tend to be broken, goals can be persued. Some times they can fall by the wayside, but unlike a broken resolution, you can still meet them as long as you don’t let it languish till next December. My goal is to write 18 Short Stories, 4 novellas, and two novels this year.

    Happy New Year!

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