I’m committing to writing 250 words per day this year. Sometimes, the easiest thing to do will be to write a blog post, so you can expect this blog to be updated more frequently. And if you believe that, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you.
Again I’m forced to admit that social media has killed my blogging desires because I can just share any old thing and get immediate responses, comments, favilikes, likorites, what-have-you. And online attention is basically heroin injected straight into my webbed toes.
However, one of my other New Years resolutions is to spend less time on social media and more time reading and generally living my life pre-Facebook-style. That combined with an unrelenting drive to write every. single. day. means oh, look, blog posts matter again. So here I am.
My resolutions are pretty much the standard things you expect form a person interested in writing. Read more. Write more. Play less video games. Treat my friends better. Lose weight through a combination of diet and exercise. I looked up the root of the word “resolution” in Latin and it roughly translates to “thing that nobody, including yourself, believes you will actually stick to in two months.” The truth is, almost every single one of my resolutions boils down to: “take more control. Develop some willpower. Stick to your goals and be driven by laziness and sloth less.”
I don’t know. Maybe I expect too much productivity from myself. In the coming year, I hope to finish one graphic novel script, one novel, one novella, and four short stories. Is that unreasonable? Perhaps it is if I spend all day playing Path of Exile. Which I absolutely didn’t do today (yes, I did).
Okay, so I’m over my word count now; let’s get into some upcoming things you should know about.
- I have a story coming out in Lightspeed Magazine on Tuesday. I’ll do up a grand big post about it when it comes out, along with the author interview. I’m very proud of this story. The success I have with it is directly owed to the Young Gunns Workshop here at Kansas University, run by writer Chris McKitterick.
- I have another story coming out some time this year in Asimov’s which marks my very first appearance in their hallowed pages. Again, I’ll let you know when that’s out.
- Oh, also: Sarah and I are having a baby this summer, if all goes well. She’s 11 weeks pregnant currently. So we’ve got that going for us.
Still think I can get all that writing done this year after #3?
Nah, me neither. But it’ll be fun to try.