Here we go again, my annual Blogular tradition of revisiting New Year’s Resolutions for the year which is now passing, gauging how I did with each, and making new resolutions for the year to come. How long have I been doing this here (on this blog and its predecessor)? Hmmm….. *thinking.* Since 2006. My goodness (feel free to insert cliche of choice about time’s fleet feet).
Here are my old resolutions for 2012, in bold type, followed by my commentary as to how I actually did.
1. Currently, I’m planning a novel-to-be, working title of Maestro. The brainstorming is going fabulously, and my muse is kicking up her heels. Maestro is already hitting my sweet spot, and I haven’t even started writing it yet. In 2012, I want to get Maestro finished, edited, and available for purchase on Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords.
I managed to complete a draft of Maestro, but it’s very rough — I haven’t even begun revisions or rewrites. Call this resolution a THUNK.
2. I’d also like to get Deirdre of the Sorrows finished, edited, and available for purchase on Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords.
I’m afraid this resolution is also a THUNK. Deirdre is partially drafted, but I abandoned it. Don’t know why. It’s a cool story. Alas, I’ve had a serious case of novelist’s ADD since finishing Heart’s Chalice.
3. Continue to do my very best work as Content Specialist for Blue Volcano Media — what a wonderful job!
Three strikes and I’m out? Gee, I hope not. But this is also a THUNK. There were indeed many wonderful things about working for Blue Volcano Media, but as time went on, I found myself, more and more, back-burnering the things I most love to do (namely, music and fiction), so I left. It was a difficult decision to make, but there just weren’t enough hours in the day.
4. Get my original music (songs and instrumental pieces, composed on the piano and played and sung by yours truly) out there.
And here is where I can (finally) utter a resounding YAWP! In retrospect, I would call 2012 Thomma’s Year of Music. I finally got myself in a position where I could procure a digital piano and pursue my lifelong dream of getting my original music out there. I released my first album, Womanspirit Rising, in July 2012. So far, no songs, just instrumental, piano-based versions of my pieces, with touches of other instrumentation. I am proud of the album, though, and I will hopefully keep playing, recording, and releasing albums until I’m 120 years old. I’ve never had so much fun in my life! Bet many of you, my readers, didn’t know this about me, but music was actually my first love, before fiction.
5. In addition to Maestro and Deirdre of the Sorrows, I’d like to write and make available for purchase other pieces of fiction, including short stories and possibly a novella or two. When you’re an indie author, it’s an excellent thing to have numerous fictional pieces available for readers who discover you and love your work.
THUNK. See comment above about 2012 being Thomma’s Year of Music.
6. BLOG MORE. And yes, I mean that. Both here and on Grace Notes, my creative writing blog, where I’d like to post flash fiction related to my works-in-progress.
7. This one isn’t a goal. It’s a “maybe.” But possibly — just possibly — I’ll release one or more of my titles in print.
A sort of YAWP! I’m in the process of readying my novel Heart’s Chalice for print, but it won’t go live ’til 2013. Watch this space for updates!
And here are my New Year’s Resolutions for 2013. Short but sweet.
1. Release my second music album, Reflected Moon. It’ll be comprised of both songs and piano-based instrumentals. Yes, I’ll be singing on the next album!
2. Finish drafting The Renunciate, my current novel-in-progress which is likely to be the first in a series.
3. Finish drafting Deirdre of the Sorrows.
4. Get The Renunciate and/or Deirdre of the Sorrows ready for publication and available for purchase via Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords.
6. Write more songs and instrumentals and become ever more confident and adept at digital recording, mixing, and mastering piano with vocals and other goodies.
And th-th-th-that’s it, folks! Happy New Year!