Year of gems

Last year is over, and we just finished the local tradition dish out of the crockpot. We’ve got flu in the house and a problematic puppy, but it’s quiet enough to review 2015.

For the second year, RealLife has been more challenging than usual due to family upheavals, stubborn puppy, and required home repairs (like a screen door latch/handle that came apart in the middle of the night after the ball fell)

old metal gears

Crane Gears by Kevin Utting, attributed under Creative Commons 2.0

However, I’ve finally gotten myself in gear and put together five flash collections and I submitted a few pieces to other venues.  The sales I’ve had for these mostly flash collections have been very sparse, but I know that’s because I’m an unknown. I finished another NaNo by the skin of my teeth and started taking a long-term revision class. The class was necessary because I was getting this terrible block and frightened by the mass of work to take my two finished NaNo drafts and try to make them publishable.

On the other hand, the NaNo and foolowing revision us threatening to swallow up all my creative energy. Even with the systemic method I’m trying out, it doesn’t satisfy my muse at all. Because of the RL issues, over which I have no control, I have to snatch writing or class time in fifteen minute periods. I can do that daily, but I miss last winter and earlier when I could easily fir in three hours a day, and more when I was on a push. My muse is getting antsy as I clowly analyze the NaNo draft. I want to write some shorts and do more collections even if it slows the revision work even more.

I need to do some short stuff.

So I think my goals for 2016 are shifting a little away from short fiction. I’m going to try to do a collection every other month. I’m planning to collect an omnibus with an extra story or two. And my third goal for the year is to finish the revision class by the end of summer. (I’d also like to finish a fanfic that kind of stopped when I started doing the collections… I owe my readers a conclusion)

What tweaks have you made for your life-plans?

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