Okay, so I’ve done my End of Year reviews, my Coming Year Expectations, and my mixtape listing. I think I’ve covered all the typical year end benchmark posts. Now what?
It’s been quite the busy year for me. Most of my writing time was spent carving up The Balance of Light for publication. And right now, I still don’t think it’s fully hit me that, once that book has been released, that this long project of the trilogy will finally be DONE, and that for the first time in ages, I will have absolutely nothing on my project list.
I mean, yeah, I’m looking forward to not having the trilogy hanging over my head. But it’s been far too long since I’ve been able to start a new project without thinking, how can I juggle this with the trilogy? Not just that, I’m also really looking forward to writing NEW stories in that universe that are not directly related to it.
Other than the two or three possible projects (and the possible Secret Long Term Project) I have to think of, what else can I add here?
Well, for starters I’d like to shake things up a little bit. Perhaps try a new genre. Write shorter fiction. Hone my nonfic writing skills. Expand my reading habits. Focus a little less on social media (heh, yeah right) and more on self-promotion in multiple avenues. Believe my gut instincts more instead of flailing in Reactive Mode. Follow up on bursts of inspiration as soon as possible. Staying positive despite the odds. Get creative not just on the writing end of things, but artistically as well as commercially.
And most importantly, PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE.
I’m a hell of a better guitarist than I was a few years ago, and that’s mainly because I’ve made it a point to practice more often, even if it’s just to pick up one of my axes and noodle around on it for ten minutes when I really should be focusing on my Day Job. [Well, that, and making a concerted effort to expand my knowledge of chords past the plain major-minor ones. Playing along with the Beatles has helped that considerably.] If I make it a point to exercise my creative muscles every day and expand my knowledge at the same time, I can only get better at them.
That’s my plan, anyway.
See you in 2017, kids. Stay safe, stay strong.
“Talk hard…I like that. It’s like a dirty thought in a nice clean mind.”
— Mark Hunter, Pump Up the Volume