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. 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.