I don’t believe in new year resolutions. If you’re going to do something, just get on and fucking do it. Don’t wait for a new year to roll around, or hang some extra importance on it because it was a promise you made to yourself on the 1st day of the year. Get some personal conviction, ya loser.

However, here are my new year reso… Wait. Here are some things I hope to achieve this year.

On January 2nd, 2010 I received one rejection for a short story I’d written and one acceptance for a another. That’s a 1:1 accept:reject ratio. I’d really like to keep that ratio throughout the year. Much better than the 1:20 or so ratio of 2009. Actually, even that might be overstating it a bit, but I can’t be arsed to work it out. Suffice to say that rejections far outweigh acceptances and I’d like to balance that up a bit this year.

With that in mind I’m going to consciously apply all the things I’ve learned about writing to everything I do this year. Two people in particular have been incredibly good to me and very helpful this past year (you know who you are if you’re reading) and I’m going to apply all the things I learned from those people to everything I write this year.

I’m not going to write more in 2010. I’m going to write more better. (Yes, that was deliberate.)

I’m going to get back into the third novel. It ground to a halt this year as I’ve come across gaping holes in the plot that I can’t fix. I’m going to figure that stuff out and get to writing it again.

I’m going to finish the novella I’m currently working on and submit it.

I’m hoping to write the second Ghost Of The Black novella.

I’m going to publish a fantastic anthology of dark specfic through Blade Red Press, with the inimitable Brenton Tomlinson as editor. We’re currently trying to whittle down the final ToC and it’s hard because we have too many good stories. Not a bad problem to have.

I have other goals this year, such as improving the numbers at my Kung Fu and Qi Gong classes, getting some stuff done around the house, catching up with distant friends and so on, but none of that is particularly relevant to this blog. I’ll be very pleased if along with everyday life I can achieve all the things listed above. Primarily I want to write better stuff and get more stuff published.

What about you?

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