I have been inactive as a writer for the last year. I was busy. We moved from Minnesota to North Carolina. We had lived in the same area of Minnesota for 47 years; we had a handle on where things were and how things worked. Just moving broke more habits than I have time or energy to list. Then, handling the cultural and political differences sucked up the rest of my creative juices. But, after a full year of making adjustment after adjustment, we seem to have achieved a new stability.
One thing that I was able to do was read widely: 132 books during 2018. If you are interested, look at my Goodreads page for details: https://www.goodreads.com/user_challenges/10558442.
All of this is leading up to a plan to return to serious writing in 2019. Probably the most important factor for success is to publicly declare what my plan is:
- Identify resources regarding mastery of the short story format, specifically for the science fiction genre.
- Put together and execute a plan for acquiring/accessing these resources.
- Identify outlets for science fiction short stories; understand the characteristics of each outlet.
- Write and submit six short stories for publication (to multiple outlets as needed)
- Revise the first novel of The Shepherd trilogy.
- Draft the second novel of The Shepherd trilogy.
- Outline the third novel of The Shepherd trilogy.
- Publish detailed status of what is happening, at the beginning of each month.
- Learn to accept some degree of failure. This is not life and death, just something to keep my mind from turning into (liver) mush; it’s a thing down here but I have not tried it.