So I haven’t been as active on this blog as I would have liked in 2017, besides the annual April PAD and November PAD Challenges, of course. I would like to remedy that in 2018, as well as be a bit more disciplined and active with my writing in general. In that spirit, these are the resolutions that I would like to achieve in 2018:
- Produce more content for the blog
As I said above, while I have been posting my poems for both of the annual challenges from Writer’s Digest and also the Wednesday Poetry prompts, I haven’t posted much else this year, or at least not consistently. Should I keep posting more of my selections from my writing/feel good playlist? Continue with the yearly retrospectives? (which I haven’t been doing since 2016, whoops). Did people enjoy my Monday musings? Clearly I need to figure out a tighter focus for the blog, with regular posts for certain days of the week, but also ensuring I have enough time for my other writing pursuits. Should be easy, right? (Right?)
2. Establish more of a presence on social media/online in general
This is the part I have always found tricky, as I’m sure many have, getting your name out there and trying to promote any books that you have published. For the record, of course there is my blog here but I am also present on other sites as well, all of which I most likely need to be more active on, so watch this space:
3. Submit more poetry for publication and competitions/put another poetry collection together
So as you may already be aware, I do have one poetry collection already available – The Awakening, which you can purchase in both paperback and E-book formats. You can also get a tasty sample in the form of the opening poem here. I have entered a few poetry competitions here and there, which earned me a place in the Poetry Rivals 2016 collection But this year I aim to put together another poetry collection with the intention of getting it published, as well as submitting my chapbooks from both the 2015 and 2016 November PAD challenges. I also intend to be more active in submitting to poetry magazines and journals.
4. Continue being active in the Open Mic/Spoken Word circuit
I did begin to achieve this in 2017, as the video evidence shows:
I’m fully aware I need to work on my performances and confidence on the stage, but I am eager to improve and get my name out there in 2018…
5. Work on my novel, as well as the short stories I have on the back burner…
I have been working on and off on a novel for the past 3 or so years, and would really like to get back to it in 2018, as a lot of my focus has been on poetry as of late (not necessarily a bad thing, but I am eager to have a published novel at some point, as this has basically been a life-long dream of mine). While reading back over some of it makes me wince a little now, and the story most likely needs a lot of reworking, it is a story I really want to be out there in some form or another. There are also some short stories that I have begun and left on the back burner, so it would be nice to work on these too…
6. Read more!
This is always an important part of being a writer, and as you may have seen I have made efforts to discipline myself and get through the books that have forever been on my ‘To Read’ pile. (again this is another part of the blog I have been neglecting, apologies!). A big part of that for me, I think, will involve not getting distracted by my phone or various other screens quite so much, so wish me luck in that…
7. Start that other blog I’ve been meaning to for ages…
On a perhaps unrelated note (but still semi-related!) I am a bit of an obsessive fan of the video game series Shenmue, and now that the long-awaited third game is finally a reality, my passion for the series has inspired me to write about it (a book even may potentially be coming in the future). In that spirit, I will be starting a blog about the series, with the provisional title of ‘Shenmusings’…so if that happens to be of interest to you, watch out for that…
And with that, I wish you all a happy and prosperous new year. Any other writers out there got resolutions of their own?
Until next time
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