Writing Life: Reassessing Goals For the Year

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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Ambition is Good, or What I Hope to Accomplish in 2011

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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Where you’ve been, where you are, where you’re going

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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Welcome, 2009!

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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The Last Post of the Last Day of the Year….

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?

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Quoth the Raven…

I’m supposed to blog today… About writing. Factual stuff. Stuff you guys can use. And all I can think about, all I can remember is the raven….

See, there was this raven (I blogged about in my MySpace, and LJ sites) and I’ll paste a bit about it here….

>>As I started the run [of the Nantahala, my kayak] was out front of my paddling friends, with them in a long line behind me like bobbing buoys on the water. It isn’t my favorite place in a line of paddlers, as I like being in the middle somewhere. But for a moment I was at point, feeling alone on the river, watching the sunlight light bounce off the wave-tops, glorying in the feeling of solitude though there were likely a hundred people within shouting distance. I glanced back.

And… this raven flew along the length of the river, between the […]

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The Cap and Gown of the First Work

The friend I wrote about a couple weeks ago when I shared the poster-board and crayon method of scene writing, has made another milestone. First, she must have finished that pesky battle scene that was making her so nuts. Because this week she wrote and shared another milestone. I thought I’d take it and share the progression of thoughts with you guys. Anonymously, of course, for her.

Her letter…

Ok, so here’s the thing. I THINK I just finished my book. Does that make sense? I had planned on writing a few more scenes, but it feels like this is the end. I’ve got the tears (mine and hopefully the readers’), the emotion, the hope for survival. Will another scene ruin that? I think it will. OK, I think I just convinced […]

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