It’s crunch time — time to make my resolutions. Since I make my resolutions on my birthday and my birthday is fast approaching, it’s time to do some serious thinking about my literary ambitions.
One, I’m going to continue to post short stories every month on my freelance writing website —SweetCopy.
Two, I’m going to do my best to get the fourth Candy’s Monsters novella e-published by the summer of 2013.
Three, I’m going to put out an ebook with a few of my coziest, least monstrous, mini-mysteries. They feature the adventures of a sweet flapper, working for her family’s discrete investigations agency, in and around NYC in the 1920s. (These stories could not be less like my Candy’s Monsters).
Four, I’m going to go back and rework one of the two novels that haunt me. They hover in my imagination, taunting me periodically. Both of them could become good books, but each had a fatal flaw. I’ve written and rewritten one of them three times already. But recently, I’ve begun to wonder if the real problem wasn’t size. Perhaps the story held prisoner in the rambling murder mystery should be a novella? The other, never finished, needs to be taken apart and put back together. It’s a like a jigsaw puzzle with two many pieces.
Five, I’m going to do an experiment in serialization. More on that resolution is coming soon!
So, five big literary plans for 2013! What is going to keep me moving along? MONSTERS of course — they push and prod me along until I type THE END on the last page. Nothing like being frightened into working hard!
Back to work. It’s crunch time!