Happy New Year! Today should be a time for reflection and a time to look ahead. But where’s the fun in that? LOLOL Okay, seriously. Last year is a done deal. I can’t go back and change anything. Upon reflection, I’m not sure I would. I started out the year full of plans and ended the year burned out. This year, maybe I’ll be a little more realistic. Maybe. That said, this is a new year–a blank chapter in the Book of Life. I’m going to take the blank page and start writing on it.
So…publishing. I have a full slate, as always. We’ll see how much gets done, since I’m not making any carved-in-stone promises. Well, not many anyway. I want to do at least two Harlequin Desires, three if it works out. I want to finish the Barron brothers and start on the cousins, but the first Tate boy book is a Christmas story. I’ll be preparing two full proposals–meaning first 3 chapters and fairly detailed synopsis of RDR#5 (Cash’s story) and what should be RDR#7 (Deacon Tate’s story). I’ll do a detailed synopsis for RDR#6 (Kade’s story). Writing will be determined by cut-off deadline on the Christmas story if it gets picked up. I know THE BOSS AND HIS COWGIRL RDR#3 is releasing in June, 2016, followed fairly shortly thereafter by RDR#4 (THE BILLIONAIRE’S INCONVENIENT COWGIRL – working title). Those are pretty much set in stone.
My self-pub schedule includes a secret project due before October, which looks to have a Nightrider tie-in, plus Nightrider #2, Hard Target #2, Roman’s story in the Penumbra Papers (#4), and MOONSTRUCK: LIES. Yes, that’s a lot of writing. And editing. But I plan on being more organized this year. Hey! Stop laughing. It can happen. *looks around office…grimaces* Maybe. *shrugs* Anyway, that’s the plan.
With an eye towards that schedule, I’m setting a goal of an average of 1000 words a day. That’s 7000 words a week, 30,400 a month, which works out to yearly totals of 366,000 (per day and it’s a leap year), 364,000 (per week), or 364,800 (per month). That’s a lot of words. And that many words total up to a lot of books written. Since most of my books average 60K, that’s SIX books. Which is one less than I’d like to write. So I’ll have to write smarter. Haven’t quite figured that out yet. I’ll let you know if and when I do.
Travel: I’ll be in San Diego in July for RWA Nationals. That’s the only blip on my travel radar at the moment.
Blogging: Plans are to continue on the same schedule as 2015. There will be times when I either have nothing to say or I’m snowed under with deadlines. But, yeah, five days a week.
Reading: So many new books this coming this year! I started my reading challenge at 200. I was unofficially up around 250/260 at the end of the year. I stopped keeping count because most were rereads and some I couldn’t count officially because they were contest reads and there are anonymity rules. So… I also discovered the joy of audio books, but only for books I’ve already read. I can cook, do laundry, surf the web, and listen. This is great for rereading a series before the next book comes out. I can get some from my library system. Some, I can buy cheap because I already own the Kindle book. Others, I’ll slowly collect as I get my free monthly credit on Audible.
In previous years, I’ve picked a Word for the Year. I’m not doing that this year. This year, I’m taking Neil Gaiman’s words to heart. I’m sure most of you saw my New Year’s posts on my FB pages and on Twitter, but I’ll close out with it below. I wish the same for all of you. Time for me to start writing the next chapter. What about y’all? What will you write this year?