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Hello, 2008

Originally published at Joely Sue Burkhart. You can comment here or there.

A new year is a new beginning, but often fraught with regrets about the past year. I regret that my diet plan has gone out the window and I pretty much have to start all over again. I regret that I squandered a few months last year and didn’t write a thing. I regret that I never made it to the theatre to see Clive Owen in Shoot ‘Em Up.

But hey, it’s a new year, a new chance, a new beginning. (And Clive is on DVD.) I don’t do “resolutions” really; I set goals every month. But January does give me the opportunity to sit down, think ahead, and try and guess what the year will hold. In the 2007 farewell, I wrote that I wanted to write every day, consistently. That’s the key determining factor for the year’s success.

My goals for 2008 are as follows:

  1. Write 300K.
  2. Finish the second draft of RHP (now titled Arcana) and submit.
  3. Finish the second draft of NSR (the NaNoWriMo novel) and submit.
  4. Write the second book in the Shanhasson series. I could call this “second draft” since I do have a first draft of the story; however, I wrote it back in 2003! Needless to say, a few things have changed since then.
  5. Decide what to do with Letters, and thus with ANTs. They’re my “Bubble” projects for the year.

Of course, I’ll also have editor revisions and promotional activities for The Fire Within, The Rose of Shanhasson, and Beautiful Death. I need to get excerpts on the website, prepare ARCs, request reviews…

I’m also going to exercise more and work on a more balanced approach to food and health.

Here’s to a crazy, exciting, busy year!