Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2014: The Year That Will Be

Well here we are, the last day of the year. Yesterday I reflected back over the year that was, today is a time to look forward.

I already have three things that I'm anticipating.

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First off, I'm kicking off the new year with a story release - always nice when that happens. My tribute to Anne McCaffrey "The Dragon in the Wardrobe" will be going live in Betwixt Magazine tomorrow. I'll do a Five Questions soon about it.

My other pending story release is my steampunk-animal-magic-ish-thingy novella "Long's Confandabulous Clockwork Circus and Carnival, and Cats of Many Persuasions", which will appear in the April issue of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. I'm really excited about this novella because it's the longest piece I've penned to date, I love the world and characters, and its my first piece to appear in ASIM, a favourite venue for many New Zealand specfic authors.

It would be nice to best my story release numbers and pro sales, but I'm going to take the year as it comes. I'd ideally like to work on improving my craft, write more to quality than quantity, and crack some tough markets - like Clarkesworld, F&SF, Strange Horizons, Tor, and Daily Science Fiction.

As far as improving myself, that's my third big anticipation. I posted earlier in December that I have applied to Clarion, and at this point I'm pretty chill with the concept (trying not to get myself too fangirl worked up about the idea of Cat Valente and Nora Jemisin as tutors, otherwise I might bust a valve). If I get in, holy cow will this be a Big Thing. If I don't, there's always other years, and I'll just keep plugging away like I do. There will always be other ways into the belly of the beast.

I'm going to continue with my 5000 words a week mandate, because that worked reasonably well, but also be kinder on myself on week nights so I don't burn out my energy/creative reserves. I'm going to attempt a return to regularly reading short fiction, though after burning myself out in the first half of last year I might be more picky.

I know having no set publication plan may be a little wishy-washy, but I'm going to wait to find out whether I get into Clarion before I make firm plans on any Big Project, or whether I will attend the New Zealand convention (might have to save as much money as possible). Right now I have some short fiction venue themes I am working towards, and that will keep my occupied for the first two months at least. Plus, I'll continue to spam slush piles and annoy editors with my submissions.

So, have at ye, 2014! Bring it on!

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