New Year’s Resolutions 2012

I can’t figure out which is more unbelievable: (1) that I’ve let nearly two months go by without posting here, or (2) that it’s time for New Year’s Resolutions again. Every year on the blog, I take the New Year’s Resolutions I made last year and evaluate how I did with keeping them. Then I make new resolutions for the year to come. I’ve been doing this for, what, going on six years now? Hey, it’s a tradition! And it’s always instructive about how my goals — and even my attitudes — can change.

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Here are my old resolutions for 2011, in bold type:

1. Get Heart’s Chalice submission-ready. I WILL do this. No kerTHUNKs. No excuses.

*applause* — I accomplished this goal. I got Heart’s Chalice whipped into fine shape, thanks to my faithful Beta readers and to the expertise of my wonderful editor, Susan Helene Gottfried, whom I have titled Editor Laureate of the Universe (fellow indies, if you’re looking for someone who can help you polish your manuscript to a high shine, look no farther than Susan: she’s both a top-notch writer and a top-notch editor).

2. Get an agent for Heart’s Chalice (and future novels).

Here’s an example of how goals can radically change. I decided to go indie instead, and I’m self-publishing my fiction as ebooks (so far, I’ve released two novels including Heart’s Chalice, a novella, a collection of flash fiction, and two individual short stories). Going indie isn’t right for everyone — heck, there’s no one path that’s right for everyone — but it’s right for me, and I’m enjoying the heck out of it. If you’re interested in Heart’s Chalice (it’s a page-turner, even if I do say so myself), it’s for sale at Amazon’s Kindle Store, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Smashwords. And you might like to check out a stellar review. To browse the rest of my offerings, check out the sidebar of this blog, my website, or my Amazon Author Page.

3. Keep my freelance writing going — very important, high priority, and freelancing is wonderful, as well, for honing my writer’s tool kit.

*applause* — I accomplished this goal, too, and I am proud and happy to be working as Content Specialist for Blue Volcano Media, an outstanding web marketing and creative content company that’s growing, growing, growing. Exciting times lie ahead! *~*~*happy dance!*~*~* Working for Blue Volcano Media is an important part of my writing career, and I’m delighted to be a part of such a fabulous team.

4. Perhaps write completely different sorts of novels under a pseudonym. I’m going to be very mysterious about this. *singing* — “Oh no, I’ve said too much… I haven’t said enough.” LOL (apologies to R.E.M.)

kerTHUNK. And no, I’m not going to explain the mystery, either. Just forget I ever said it. T’was a bad idea. For me, anyway. (What was I thinking?!)

5. Get my original music out there. I have many songs and instrumental pieces, and they’re tired of being cooped up.

kerTHUNK. For numerous reasons, it just didn’t happen. But 2012 will be a different story (read on).

6. Draft Deirdre of the Sorrows.

kerTHUNK. Didn’t happen. Deirdre is still on my mind’s shelf, though, and it will be written soon.

And here are my New Year’s Resolutions for 2012.

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.

2. I’d also like to get Deirdre of the Sorrows finished, edited, and available for purchase on Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords.

3. Continue to do my very best work as Content Specialist for Blue Volcano Media — what a wonderful job!

4. Get my original music (songs and instrumental pieces, composed on the piano and played and sung by yours truly) out there.

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.

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.

Happy New Year, everybody! 😀

8 Responses

  1. Leah J. Utas December 28, 2011 / 8:00 am

    You’ve done pretty well with the resolutions.
    I’m sure you’ll do even better with the new ones.

  2. thommalyn December 28, 2011 / 12:59 pm

    Thanks, Leah! It’s sure been a long and winding writing road, but it’s gotten more exciting by the year, and I’m enjoying the view. 🙂

  3. Gabrielle Bryden December 28, 2011 / 6:04 pm

    You’ve done spectacularly Thomman Lyn – well done – I am very happy for you. Happy New Year (pop, guzzle). That photo is awesome too (I think that is the first one I’ve seen with a view down the mountain). ps. I wrote a poem called Maesto once – haha

  4. thommalyn December 28, 2011 / 6:53 pm

    Thank you so much, Gabe! Hopefully I’ll do even better with goals in 2012. Happy New Year to you and yours, and cool about your poem called Maestro! Great minds think alike. 😉

  5. Susan Helene Gottfried December 29, 2011 / 7:49 am

    Your praise, once again, makes me blush. Thanks.

    And getting into print now that you’re in e-book is easy, babe. It’s all about formatting and pushing the right buttons to get the distribution you want. I’ll talk you through it if/when you’re ready.

  6. thommalyn December 29, 2011 / 1:28 pm

    You’re more than welcome, hon! I’m a lucky writer to have you as my editor, and I’m an even luckier person to have you as my friend.

    And thanks so much re: the print formatting and distribution! I would really like to make Heart’s Chalice available in print, and perhaps the one I’m working on right now (Maestro), too. 🙂

  7. Marjorie R. Asturias December 31, 2011 / 12:18 pm

    I have but one resolution for 2012: get more sleep! And yet secretly I have one more, too: get my novel finished. You know — the same one I’ve been working on since 2007. 😉

    Like you, I can’t believe it’s already the end of 2011. It’s been such a crazy year, no? But in any case, congratulations to you, my friend, on all your successes in 2011, most especially having your novel published!!! Here’s hoping that 2012 will be an even bigger literary year for you!


  8. thommalyn December 31, 2011 / 3:51 pm

    LOL, Marjorie! “Get more sleep” is an excellent New Year’s Resolution! Sleep is good, oh, so very good!

    And yes, yes to getting your novel finished! It took three years for me to finish Heart’s Chalice. I completely rewrote the thing (I think) three times, then came seemingly endless revisions.

    Thanks for your kind words, my friend. Going indie isn’t the easiest of routes, but then neither is traditional publication. It’s fun, though, and challenging, and I’m all about things that are fun and challenging! 🙂

    Cheers! Here’s to all kinds of good things in 2012!

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