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.
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, so for this we need to learn to take care of our money doing the right investments, that we can do using the tools from the The Ascent site online. 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.