Okay, do you remember last year when I talked about my balls? Yes? No? Well, I’m using the new year to kind of stock take and push on from that position. I actually managed to tick a few things off the original list, but here’s what remains.
The novel. For various reasons (mainly to do with a dead netbook with a load of new (and unbacked-up) edits on it and a busy year end at the day job), Queen Of Clouds didn’t get finished. So, that’s the immediate priority. I actually feel pretty good about it at the moment, so here’s hoping that battering away at it will see it done very soon.
Short stories. Very pleased about the sale to NewCon’s Dark Currents anthology and the double publication in the Christmas Estronomicon, but I still think I could be doing better on the short story front. No point in half-measures, so I’ve set myself a goal of having ten new stories in print by the end of 2012 (and it’s a relatively conservative goal – I’d prefer to get 14 so that I can reach the landmark of having 50 stories in print). “Lost Sheep” counts as one. All I need are nine more!
Music. As always, the music will continue in tandem with the writing. Murnie are now well back in the groove and I expect another EP release in the next few months, and hopefully some songwriting and gigging too. Markee and Bert will be playing I hope at least as much as they did in 2011, and our goal for the early part of the year is to devise a longer length show that we can take to The Fringe. And then there’s the Other Musical as well which I hope will take a spurt forward sooner rather than later.
So, to sum up, by the end of 2012, I’m expecting to have produced:
– 1 novel (and be well into the next one)
– 10 stories
– 2 or 3 EPs
– 2 musical shows.
Check back in December to see how I did.