Christmas is done and I've eaten far too much chocolate. It's been a peaceful year, and in response to blog feedback for more about cockroaches, here is your Christmas cockroach of the year:
Ash eats his Christmas dinner
It's actually a little early for rounding up the year, as there's some time to go. I'm sure you'll survive. I didn't actually write out a goals post last year, but I'll fill in some of my goals as I ponder whether I made them.
In previous years, I've set the goal of reading one book published in the year (rather than always being lagged at least a few years). This year I wanted to read a good selection, so I could make Nebula nominations. I didn't keep count of exactly how many I read, but it was a lot. I won't have any issues filling the novel category this year.
I do have one more 2011 book set to arrive (Zombie Tag, by Hannah Moskowitz). But that's delayed because it's only just come out and Amazon haven't shipped it yet. That's what I get for being cheap on the shipping...
But anyway, I read a lot! I'll aim to do the same next year.
Though last year, I thought I'd be finished on the novelling front before now, I was being overly optimistic. During this year, I ended up ditching the end of my urban fantasy and rewriting it. The current status is that most of the rewritten book is done, has been critiqued and then edited. I have a couple of chapters left, which should be done before the year actually ends.
Which means it'll be on to my superhero novel in the early part of 2012.
Next year's goal will be querying the urban fantasy.
Writing Shorts / Poems
It was a quiet year for short stories, as I was focusing more on novels. But it wasn't without any success. I had my third pro sale and became an active member of SFWA, and I sold a story to the Fish anthology (Dagan Books), which'll be out early next year. I also sold a poem to Strange Horizons, which is a market I've been sending poetry to for some years.
I hope to balance up novels and shorts a bit better next year, as I'd like to get more shorts out there.
I also plan to have my picture book portfolio ready by the end of the year (I'm aiming for ten polished manuscripts). I haven't really decided what I'm going to do about picture books, but getting the stories ready is the first step.
I've always enjoyed art, but I don't have any formal training in it. Next year, I'm taking a beginner's course thingy. This goal is already underway, as I've signed up already.
Turning up is the theoretically easy goal, but my plan is to put any nice stuff I do from the course on my website. My art section hasn't had an update in a awhile. So by about the middle of the year, there should be new stuff.
I hope 2011 was fruitful for everyone else. Have a good new year!