Happy New Year! We’re already almost two weeks into 2019, but I’ve been enjoying some time off before launching myself into what will no doubt be a very busy 12 months. Goal-setting is going to be a challenge this year, but here’s my best shot! →
2019 is going to be a year of change for me. At the end of the summer I will be commencing my 13th—and final!—semester of university. By June I will no longer be a student, and I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I AM GOING TO DO WITH MY LIFE. Send help!!
Due to the high degree of uncertainty around what I’ll be doing for the second half of the year, I’m cautious about setting lofty goals. But at the same time, I’d like to give you all an idea of what to expect from me in 2019—hence the following “tentative targets”…
In 2018, I put a lot of work into blogging and developing this website and was overall quite happy with the results. This year I intend to shift the focus back to my writing projects a little more, so my blogging goals are relatively straightforward. They are:
Create a new theme. This goal is already achieved! For the last few weeks I’ve been hard at work putting together this brown/beige feather & bird theme you now see. There are still a few kinks to iron out but I’m pleased with the results so far!
3-4 posts per month. In 2018 I posted once per week, but this year I want to spend a bit more time on my actual writing! I’m not going to set a rigid timetable for blogging, but I’d like to publish 3-4 posts per month as time allows.
Sharing posts. I’ve already learned so much from the blogging community, and I’d like to post more about other peoples’ work that I’ve found helpful!
As mentioned above, I intend to put an emphasis on my writing projects in 2019. There’s only so much fiddling round you can do before you just need to take the plunge! My key writing goals for this year are:
Submit Holding Up the Sky. What, exactly, I mean by this is to be confirmed, but I really want to kick-start the publishing process for Holding Up the Sky this year. First I am going to investigate the traditional route, which means submitting to agents and publishers!!
Write the second draft of Blood of Old. This is the first instalment of my epic fantasy series Graceborn, whose initial draft I finished early in 2018. After spending much of last year world-building and confirming details, I’m finally ready to jump into the second draft!
Beta-reading of Blood of Old. Once I’ve completed the aforementioned second draft of Blood of Old and made any necessary editing changes, I plan to put this WIP through a beta-reading process also. If you’re an epic fantasy lover, keep your eyes peeled in a few months’ time!
Write the first draft of book 2. The title of the second instalment of the Graceborn series is currently known only to myself, but I intend to start work on its first draft in the latter half of the year. Planning is already underway!
Reading is one of my greatest joys in life! If you’re following along with this post, you no doubt agree. I don’t usually set very detailed reading goals since I’m such a mood reader, but here are my key targets for 2019:
Read 75 books. As per my Goodreads challenge, I’d like to read at least 75 books, though I reserve the right to change this as the year progresses!
Read more self-published books. In the last 12 months I have made a lot of connections in the online writing community and I plan to FINALLY get around to reading some of their books! If you have a self-published book out there let me know and I’ll make sure it’s on my TBR!