I like to set goals for a year. Resolutions are often goals that they have no control over, like “get published.” You don’t make that decision yourself. Your resolution should be “submit my work.” Everything past that in the process is out of your hands, and putting expectations on yourself for things like that are a recipe for unhappiness.
This year, I have a large number of goals. If I accomplish 25% of these, I will satisfied with my results. Without further preamble, here are my goals for 2013:
Revise my last novel, and if it feel okay, send it somewhere.
About a year ago, I wrote my first novel. It’s called TAKEDOWN NOTICE and it takes place in the setting shared with a series of stories about people who pirate magic on the internet. TAKEDOWN NOTICE has, I believe, a solid core of ideas, but there are serious flaws. I’ve let it set over a year, so it’ll be time to start reading it and making changes, trying to turn it into something I will let someone other than my wife read.
Get a minimum playable prototype of Caravans going.
I’ve been working for the past few months on designing and developing a browser-based online RPG with the codename Caravans. It’s basically a steampunk Oregon Trail at its core. You’ll outfit an expedition and attempt to survive to your destination, facing a wide range of obstacles. My goal for this year, at a minimum, is to be able to play through the core mechanic in a browser and have it be playable and enjoyable.
Outline the Kansas Oceans book
I have a time travel novel about the Cretaceous Kansas ocean I’ve been researching off and on for a few years. I’d like to get started on it.
Write and submit 3 short stories.
Short stories are still my first love as far as writing goes, so I’ll be trying to sharpen my skills on them again.
Buy a house and spend the fall prepping it for a garden the following spring.
We are likely settled here for good, but who knows. Either way, Sarah and I are both really excited about growing our own food. We should be in a good position by mid-summer to buy a house. I’m excited to own a home again, knowing what I know now.
Read more books, less Facebook and Twitter.
I read quite a few comic books in 2012, but not a whole heck of a lot of anything else. I spend an inordinate amount of time on the social network sites in my spare time, and I know that I can put that time to more gratifying use.
Find a reliable, dependable, and experienced graphic designer to partner with on Clockpunk Studios projects.
I’m at the point where I want to start specializing further in what I do, and I’ve realized that my graphic design isn’t as good as my front-end coding and WordPress development. So to take it up another notch, I’m looking for a designer to partner with. It’ll allow me to focus more on what I am totally awsome at.
Continue to make new friends and connections in the area.
We’ve made several groups of new friends here in Kansas–faster than I expected, really. I do wish we weren’t all scattered all over Northeast Kansas, but what are ya gonna do?
Continue to maintain and grow existing friendships.
I like the friends I have. I want to keep them.
Start planning an addition to our little family.
If we’re going to have a child, we’re going to need to do it soon. Things are starting to line up so that it’s a possibility. It’s time to start taking the liklihood seriously.
Back to Resolutions
I do have a single resolution in 2013, which is to put my happiness, rather than greed or desire for acclaim, ahead of the rest. I’ll be making decisions based on what I think will lead to greater, deeper happiness rather than just what I think will make me more money. It’s a simple one, but not easy. It’s so easy in life to forget what you’re doing it all for. And when I say my happiness, I mean my family’s happiness, so including my wife.
What are your goals and resolutions for 2013?