2010 has arrived and I’m feeling optimistic. It’s been an incredible roller coaster of a decade but I’m ready for something new.
As we went into the new millennium I wasn’t married and I hadn’t graduated college. Both those happened in 2000 and I’m hoping 2010 will be just as exciting. Over the past ten years there have been ups and downs but I’m happy with where I am now – it’s all to play for.
In the last few years I’ve started working in the courts and had my first book published. My first novel is with my agent and I’ve high hopes that 2010 will be the year it finds a publisher. Looking back on where I’ve come from I’m proud of where I am and confident of where I can get…one day.
So I’m sharing my New Years Resolutions in the hope that, once they’re out in the world I won’t be able to back out of them.
First on the list is a commitment to write. Quite apart from the freelancing I already do I want to get more disciplined about fiction writing. I’ve been talking for ages about posting short stories on this blog to give you readers an idea of the non court reporting stuff I do so that’s resolution number 1. At least one story to be up on the blog each month.
Next I have to look to my next fiction project. If Book 1 finds a publisher I’ll probably have to start work on the sequel (it’s the first of a trilogy) but these things can take time so I’ve another book to be working on in the meantime. I know my characters and have a strong plot outline…what I need to do now is start seriously drafting it.
With all this fiction to be written, on top of the day job, I think resolution 3 ought to be to do with the blog. I’ve ideas to expand it, including podcasting and possibly themed posts but at the moment all I’m committing to is at least three posts a week – I’ll be aiming for daily but if deadlines loom I’m afraid the paying gigs get priority!
Finally one of those grandiose resolutions that really don’t have any major bearing on day to day living. I’m resolving to have faith that all this will work. That even on the slack days when I’ve no commissions and the fiction looks like nothing more than a pipe dream, I will trust that this is all going somewhere and I’m not wasting my time. It’s so easy to have doubts but I’m going to try to keep them to a minimum this year.
I’ll try and keep all of these resolutions and a few more I’m not sharing. It’s a good time for promises and this year anything seems possible.