Writing Recap – January

I’ve also debated making an email list, but I think I’ll just stick to these recap posts for now.

In the past, I’ve struggled to aptly recap what all I had accomplished. I’ll probably make a post on this at some point. In summary, this failure to track accomplishments, no matter how small, made it a challenge to see any of the progress I had made. And this year, I want to change that.

So. January. Let’s recap this first month of 2022.

  • I decided to partake in NYC Midnight, an annual short story writing competition. The first round ended on the 22nd and in this round, I was challenged to write a romantic comedy. I’m actually quite pleased with how it turned out. I’ll know in April if it was good enough for me to advance. Wish me luck!
  • The same group that published me last year has had submissions open for a second anthology to be released this summer. I decided to shoot my shot with it with a short story about two best friends and the Maenads, a historic cult of women devoted to Dionysus. I’m supposed to find out if my entry made it in a few weeks. Crossing fingers!
  • I did a lot of thinking about TWEfA and the events that happen after that book this month, including outlining a new magic system.
  • I started taking my blog more seriously! If you’ve been here a while, you might have noticed more posts going up lately. I’ve also updated my bio and links page, acquired a professional domain, revamped my Ko-fi page, and am currently planning out a subscription model to use on said Ko-fi. I’ve also debated making an email list, but I think I’ll just stick to these recap posts for now.

There was a lot of behind-the-scenes work, as we can tell. For February, I aim to make the work I do more tangible, including continuing on with this draft of Those Who Emerge from Ashes, my dark fantasy novel about reincarnated gods. I also want to finish subscription options for my Ko-fi and have them live by the end of the month.

If you’re interested in what I’m working on, consider subscribing to this blog. I also have a list of all of my works available, which I do plan to revamp somewhat. What about you? What’s something you’ve done to bring in 2022?

A Roadmap To 2022 – Writing Plans for the Rest of the Year

Any time I’ve tried to stick to a resolution, I’ve not followed through and have spent the rest of my year saddled with the guilt. That’s not the way I want to live my life.

I’m not a person for New Years Resolutions. I never really have been, but I especially stopped being so a couple of years ago. Near Years resolutions are the sort of phenomenon that many people say they’re going to do and then don’t follow through on. In fact, this study says “Seventy-seven percent maintained their pledges for 1 week but only 19% for 2 years.”* And I, personally, know my limits and my mentality. Any time I’ve tried to stick to a resolution, I’ve not followed through and have spent the rest of my year saddled with the guilt. That’s not the way I want to live my life.

But there’s never shame in knowing your limits.

Instead, I try each year to make myself more general “goals” to complete through the year. Resolutions are normally something Big and abstract. Losing weight. Eating healthier. Travel more. A list of goals with no set concrete steps to it. Personally, I find this abstractness difficult to conceptualize, and even harder to achieve.

That said, I have some writing-related goals of my own, which go as follows:

  • Back in October, I was published in an anthology with a short story about gods and cults. This same place is currently accepting submissions for a new anthology to release this summer, so I’m currently trying to finish
  • I have been given the chance to participate in NYC Midnight, an annual short story writing competition. The first round starts this Friday. My goal here is simple: get as far as I can. Wish me luck!
  • I have been really vibing with this latest draft of Those Who Emerge from Ashes, my dark fantasy novel about what it means to be a god.
  • I have been working on outlining a high fantasy adventure novel and I would like to finish that this year.
  • I’d like to finish rewriting Lilium, my paranormal novel about the bonds of family and how they extend beyond the grave.
  • I’d like to write some more short stories and see about self-pubbing a collection or something.
  • I’d also like to use this blog more. Post more writing advice, more reviews, and just in general more posts about writing!

That said, a lot of these goals are lower-stake and come with their own sets of steps, to help aid in their achievement. Time will tell how well I fare.

What about you? What are some goals you’re aiming to complete in this coming year?


*Study Cited: Norcross JC, Vangarelli DJ. The resolution solution: longitudinal examination of New Year’s change attempts. J Subst Abuse. 1988-1989;1(2):127-34. doi: 10.1016/s0899-3289(88)80016-6. PMID: 2980864.