When I was little, I used to love getting the Sears catalog in the mail at this time of year. Once Mama had her turn looking through it, I was allowed to go through and mark the toys I wanted for Christmas. I would lay on the floor with the catalog and a pen, and carefully study each page until I’d made my decisions, then circle the items I wanted. I marked the toys I wanted most of all with a star, just so Santa would know. As soon as I was sure what I wanted, I’d hand the catalog back to my mother, and hope.
These days Sears doesn’t send catalogs, and making a list with pen and paper has been supplanted by the Amazon wishlist and the little widget you can use to add things from other sites to that list. You can even mark which [...]
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Happy 2012, all! Like A.J., I usually begin my year with a new set of goals and plans. I bring high hopes and great ambitions to every new year, and I was glad to have the chance to list my goals for 2012 in response to A.J.’s Friday post. Chances are, if he hadn’t written a Resolutions/Goals post, I would have.
But I have to admit that my thinking about this coming year in particular is somewhat different than it has been on New Year’s Days past. 2012 will mark the launch of the Thieftaker series and the “career” of D.B. Jackson. With the single exception of my very first year as a published author (Children of Amarid was released in May, 1997) this is the most important year of my professional life. And as this year dawns, I find myself thinking less about specific goals and more about matters [...]
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The other day my 12 year-old made a remark that brought me up short. We were talking about plans for the fall, and she said something along the lines of, “Well, you know, the year is basically over.”
Whoa! Hold on there, Sweetie!
I suppose she’s to be forgiven. School starts for her today, and so as far as she is concerned, summer is gone and the rest of the year promises to be a slog until Christmas break. But those of us who are old don’t like our lives being trimmed that way. And, more to the point for the purposes of this post, those of us who have work to do and goals to meet don’t like giving up a full four months out of the year.
So, rather than take her comment to heart and spend the rest of the year eating Oreos and watching Buffy reruns, [...]
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I love New Year’s Day. I see it as an opportunity for a fresh start, an excuse, in a way, to shake off setbacks and focus on ambition. And for this New Year’s, ambition is my watchword.
2011 promises to be an odd year for me. Last year, I had several original releases — The Dark-Eye’s War in February, Robin Hood in April, the new Magical Words “How To” in December, plus the Dragon’s Lure anthology with my short story, “The Dragon Muse,” in May. This year, with the exception of a short story in the anthology After Hours: Tales From the Ur-Bar (“The Tavern Fire” by D.B. Jackson), and a second short story to be published in Black Gate Magazine (“The Lost Children” by David B. Coe), I have nothing coming out at all.
I also have no new books under contract. The two Thieftaker books are written, and [...]
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This is my last post of 2010 (ack!) and I’ve dearly loved being a part of this community (and apologize for (a) sometimes being so overwhelmed with deadlines that my comments come late and (b) still not figuring out how to do a cut tag so that my entire post doesn’t clutter the page).
Anyway, as one is wont to do, the end of one year and the start of the next makes me both nostalgic and excited. One thing I’ve learned since getting published is that unfortunately it’s extremely easy to always be moving the goal posts without recognizing achievements. To me, this is what the end of the year is for — to sit and tally your accomplishments. Not only is it a great way to pat yourself on the back and prove to yourself in concrete terms that you’re working toward your goals, but it’s also really [...]
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Happy New Year, everyone!
I’m always a little weepy saying goodbye to the old year, and hello to the new. Especially this past year, which saw the release of my first book. I know there were a lot of rough spots along 2008′s path, but it will always be a memorable year for me. Now we’re standing at the threshold of a shiny new year, full of possibilities. And like my partners, I have goals I hope to achieve.
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David’s post got me thinking, but not in ways that I might have expected. David wrote about New Year’s Res—Goals. Sorry, David. New Year’s Goals. And if you read back, David’s were most intensely about writing. And mine weren’t. Not. At. All. Heck, I wrote about cleaning my carpet! What was I thinking? Well…not about writing, obviously, which for a professional writer of the last 19 years, is just way strange…
But David’s post and my own reply have made me introspective.
Why do I write? Why do I write *what* I write? And what *do* I have as goals for 2009?
Continue reading The Last Post of the Last Day of the Year….