I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. However, as one year ends (particularly a year as toxic and achingly long as 2010 was for me) and another begins, I usually do take some time to consider where I’ve been, where I’m likely to go if I don’t make changes, and what I need to do to make adjustments for growth.
As 2011 dawned, I knew that I had one big non-jobby job long-term goal – to truly live a writer’s life. I can’t remember ever wanting to do anything else. It’s time for me to start living the life and not just talking about it.
This blog is one of the ingredients for change in my life. I’ve been carrying around one novel for over a decade, started a new one that will likely spawn a whole series, and I have a tendency to want to paint the world as I see it in poetic strokes. I want to live a full writer’s life, and in this age of self-promotion, that means I need to step up and create my online profile BEFORE I’m ready to publish.
This doesn’t mean that I’m only going to write about writing stats and the latest article on how to find an agent. I’m far too anti-establishment for that.
So what am I going to do? I’m going to write about what I’m doing and thinking, what inspires me and what ticks me off, what turns me on and how I feel about it all. I don’t intend to over-edit myself, and I will probably discuss a lot of things frankly and openly. I have spent far too many years worrying about political correctness.
So strap in, boys and girls. Thanks for joining me on the ride.