I cannot believe that it is almost December. Sinterklaas has arrived, and the kids are pumped about getting their gifts on December 5th. Where has the time gone? Anyway, that was not the point of this post, and so without further digression…
The end of the year is almost upon us, and while it is often a time for reflection, I will save that for the 31st. Instead, I would like to look ahead. Not too far mind you.
What are my plans for the rest of the year, and the start of 2013 (if we live past the 21st. I’m better we do just fine)…
Editing, that is sadly where my priorities lie these coming months. I have 4 completed works ready for edits. 3 short story collections and one novel. I am almost there with the first collection, just waiting back on some final beta comments, and then it is ready for submission.
I am mid-way through hard-copy edits on the second collection. It is tough going, because they are stories I wrote about two – two and a half years ago. So much has changed since then… I have changed so much since then. Needless to say, it is as though they were written by a stranger, and so edits are somewhat in-depth. Still, I love the stories, and am happy I can have the chance to improve them now.
The third collection I haven’t looked at yet, but anticipate a similar problem / opportunity for strengthening. The novel, I finished a month ago, and so will be a nicer (if that term can really be applied to editing) project, as it is fresher in my mind.
I realize I will not have all of this done by the new year. Realistically, I want to have the first collection submitted and the second with my beta readers, by new year. That is it for this year. I have a lot of freelance work on too which needs my attention daily.
Highway to Hell is due for release next month, and hopefully the second installment not too late into 2013. All things going well, I would love to have all my short stories and two novels published by the middle of the year, but that is as far into the future as I want to plan.
Besides, once all that editing is done, I can take a well earned weekend off, before starting to work on one of the 14 other projects I have ready to be written.
So what are your plans for the end of 2012?