So the cold I thought was getting better when I wrote the post on Saturday got worse again yesterday, now today maybe it's a little better again... *sigh* But at least I'm able to sit up and write instead of being sick in bed, so here's a look ahead at my plans and goals for 2016:
For the Wildings, the conclusion of the Daughter of the Wildings
series, is first up. It's still going through major revisions, with
some editing stages still ahead, but is progressing steadily. I still
don't want to give a release date, but will likely be in a couple of
months. Now that things are settling down after the holidays and I'm not
quite as sick as I was, I should start to be able to spend a little
more time on it.
After that, I'll be returning to my Estelend word, the world of Chosen of Azara, The Warrior and the Holy Man, and "A Cure For Nel".
This world is built around the idea of physical features in the
landscape (caves, springs, trees, water spouts, etc) that are Sources of
magical power, and certain people are born with the ability to take in
and use that power. The Source-Fixer (crappy working title) and Heir of Tanaris
are both complete in first draft and will be my next two published
novels, coming out this year (I hope; they both need a lot of work).
with getting these three novels ready for publication, I've committed
to writing 1000 words of new prose every day, whether short stories,
novels, or writing exercises that might turn into a story. Blog and
forum posts do NOT count! My writing goal for the year is 250,000 words
(allowing for Sundays off and other days when new writing just isn't
going to happen, like Christmas and travel days). I almost made it
300,000 words, but while I'm still developing the habit, I don't want to
overshoot myself. I may raise my goal to 300k later this year. It takes
me about 30-45 minutes to write 1000 words, so it takes some portion of
my 3-4 good working hours a day but not too much.
writing 1000 words a day, that's a lot of new stuff. A lot of it is
going to be short stories. My plans for those vary - put them in
collections for sale, post some of them here, use some of them for
freebies for my email subscribers.
This is an exciting new direction for me, having more work to release
and to be able to give away. And it should help fill in the intervals
between novel releases.
In the background, I'm also planning a follow-up series for Daughter of the Wildings. If you've read City of Mages,
you might have noticed a whole new source of conflict mentioned in the
book, which isn't related to the main conflict of the Daughter of the
Wildings series but which I want to explore more fully in another
series. Of course, Silas and Lainie will still be the main characters
:-) I've got the basic plot idea for the first book and I'm working on
the overall story arc for the whole series, but can't give any kind of
timetable yet for when to expect it. Hopefully, if the prep work comes
together, I can start putting my 1000 words a day towards that project
later this year. As with DoW, my plan is to write the whole thing all
the way through, so the whole thing is finished and readers won't be
left dangling for years wondering when (or if) the next book will ever
be written. Should worse come to worst, if nothing else, I (or my heirs)
can post any of it that remains unpublished online.
got ideas for a couple of Silas and Lainie short stories :-D and there
are a lot of possibilities left open in the books to fill in with more
And I'm still mulling over the sequel to Urdaisunia. The DoW follow-up gets priority, but it's there in the background, humming along in the back of my mind.
And one of these days I'll also get to revising my Very First Novel Ever and its sequel.
So I've got no shortage of stuff to work on; the main issue is prioritizing and managing my limited energy as best I can.
the reading front, I've set my Goodreads reading challenge to 30 books
for this year. (I realized that some of my 62 books last year are my own
books that I added, but since I read each of them 5-6-7 times before
publishing them, I suppose that counts :-P) One of my specific goals is
to finish reading (or make significant progress on) the Malazan Book of the Fallen series,
by Steven Erikson. I love these books; Wheel of Time and Song of Ice
and Fire just didn't do it for me but Malazan is amazing. And - bonus -
the series is complete at 10 books. I've just started reading book 6, The Bonehunters;
since these are massive books and very deep and heavy, it's probably
optimistic to expect to read 5 of them in a year. But I'm going to try.
I'm also planning to get started on the Stormlight Archives series by Brandon Sanderson (another of my favorite authors). And Larry Correia
is a new favorite, whose books I'll be reading more of this year. But
mostly, as the last few years, most of my reading will be indie authors.
I'll keep doing reading roundup posts to share my recommendations.
for my health, I've taken the concept of "one little word" (where you
pick a single word to use as your theme for the year) and selected
"nourish" as my word. This year I'll be taking baby steps to nourish
myself, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Most likely, I'm never
going to recover from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but I can do things to
help my body make the most of the health and energy it does have and
increase them a little. And since a major factor in crashes and relapses
is stress, finding ways to relieve/reduce stress and keep myself in
better balance will reduce my crashes and increase my good, usable time
and energy. Any success I have in this will hopefully manifest itself in
greater writing productivity.
That's my plans and goals for the new year; wishing you health, happiness, and progress on your own goals and dreams in 2016!
And now, back to work.