Jan 062014
 

I am not a believer in New Year’s Resolutions. There is a gym near where I live and every January it gets slammed with people and by the end of the month, the number of people trickles back down to what it was before. It is a cynical reminder of how bad people are in keeping promises even to themselves.

My opinion is changing as I have spent the last few months depressed. I find myself not sad and full of despair as much as there is a slight undertone of hopelessness. My therapist says that a two year period where I lost a testicle and a brother would depress anyone but I don’t know. I am healthy and I didn’t like my brother, so I feel like I have less of a right to be depressed.

What I do know is that writing cheers me up. I am always thinking about writing but I am not always exactly writing. I have quite a few unfinished projects and I have quite a few never-started projects. I think I would like to get some of those projects off the table.

My goals for 2014 are the following:

1. I have a haunted house book that I wrote last year that I still haven’t done a third draft on. I need to get that sucker out the door.

2. I started an anthology called ‘Words’ where every story is about writing on the female skin. I wanted ten stories and I have three at the moment. I want to either write more of those stories or call the project dead.

3. I miss gaming. I miss writing about gaming. I am staring a new blog where I chronicle a miniatures game about Space Pirates. I plan to update that at least once a week. Here is the link.

4. I’ve heard good things about Smashwords but I haven’t published with them. I want to change that.

5. I want to write another choose-you-own-erotica book. I have learned a lot since the last book one thing I have learned is to not make it 300 pages.

6. When I wrote “My Teacher, My Slave,” I intended to do an entire group of books that were based on the over the top themes of pulp paperbacks and usenet groups. I haven’t really done anything else in that vein and I think I am missing out.

7. Reviews on places Amazon really help a reader decide to try a book. I am making a promise to myself to write at least two reviews a week on erotica sites other than my own to help other writers.

There, let’s stop at seven. Every month I think I will check in and see how I am doing.

  3 Responses to “2014 Plan”

  1. I think there’s a big difference between “resolutions” and “Setting goals”. Most people’s resolutions are things like “work out more”, which is amorphous and doomed to failure. Setting yearly goals is something I’ve done for the past few years (still figuring out what this year’s goals are) and it’s worked pretty well. I don’t usually meet all my goals, because I set them ambitiously and overly-optimistically, but I do pretty well. It’s how I wrote so many stories last year (until I just got worn out and suffered a bit of depression myself).

    • Weird, I thought I replied to this awhile ago but it must have only been in my head :)

      I have been setting monthly and weekly goals lately but this is my first attempt at something so grand as a yearly goal. So far, so good!

  2. Using others as a reference for failed things is only good to avoid doing what they’re doing which is following the crowd with starting and stopping.

    A resolution is the catalyst to setting goals but being sensible, realistic and disciplined enough to stay true to your word is another thing all together.

    I’m glad you made the list, you have a focus and can see it whenever you need a pick me up or try to get back into it all, I wish you all the best too ^^

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