As you all may have noticed about a month ago, probably due to the proliferation of fireworks and people setting themselves unrealistic goals, a new year has begun. As usual I am late to the party (I moved house, and that's my excuse), but I want to add my own set of Sysiphean Labours to the throng. Last year was probably my best as a writer thus far: I finished a novel and self-published it, but I still have problems with self-motivation. Keeping said lack of will in mind, I present to you my list of goals for the year 2014 AD:
1. SPREAD SOME MANLEY AROUND: At present Jack Manley and the Warlord of Infinity
is exclusive to Amazon. I intend to get it out there on a bunch of
other digital platforms, Smashwords at the very least. I also intend to
scrape some cash and willpower together to promote the damn thing.
Book ain't selling itself, ya know?
2. FINISH THE LIGHTLESS
LABYRINTH: Yes, I want to complete a novel by the end of the year. Yes,
I'm aware that the last one took me over six years. Shut up.
3. START JACK MANLEY AND THE INTERCHRONAL DEATHMATCH TOURNAMENT:
I have plans afoot for running a Jack Manley serial, with sections to
be released for free every fortnight and eventually collected as a
novel. I have the first story arc planned out, and it's going to be a
4. RELEASE VOLUME 1 OF A MARVEL GUIDEBOOK: I'm still
working on a multi-volume guidebook for Marvel's superhero comics that
will incorporate a whole year's output and integrate it with the
previous volume. So the first book will cover 1961, and act as a
test-bed for the format and style. Book two will cover 1961-1962, the
third 1961-1963, and so on, hopefully giving an unfolding overview of
possibly the largest collaborative fictional work in history. The first
volume won't take much writing, but I think the formatting and design is
going to be tough.
5. WRITE EVERY DAY: Yeah, this is the tough
one. I can already write off the month of January, due to the house move
from Hell. But I've got the rest of the year to make up for it. I'm
not gonna miss a single day. Not one.
Is this a manageable list?
For any normal, dedicated writer it probably would be. For me, it is
perhaps a little pie-in-the-sky, but what's the point of setting goals
for myself if I'm not going to go big? If I'm going to fail in 2014,
I'll do it by setting my sights too high. Or perhaps by being too lazy.
Which reminds me, I have a 6th goal...
6. STOP TALKING ABOUT
BEING LAZY: It's becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. I'm hoping that by
the end of 2014, any mention I make of myself being a worthless
procrastinator will be purely for dramatic effect, and not at all true.
OTHER TIME-WASTING ACTIVITIES:
What I've Been Reading:
About Time Vol. 6 by Tat Wood
What I've Been Watching:
Doctor Who: The Daleks
Doctor Who: Time of the Doctor
Walking Dead season 4
What I've Been Listening To:
A Night at the Hip-Hopera by The Kleptones
What I've Been Playing:
Super Mario Galaxy on Nintendo Wii
Forza 5 on X-Box One (Yeah, my son bought one. It's totally going to help me get more writing done.)