How I hope 2017 will improve over 2016
By Jeff Salter
Last year, I blogged every week, sprinted every week, and posted on Facebook and Twitter every single day. Two new fiction titles (numbers 13 and 14) were released during 2016, but I don’t believe I finished any new titles last year.
I presently have two previously completed works – a novel and a novella – complete and ready to go — so I’m hoping to find them a publishing home in 2017.
I have at least five working novel drafts, for which I already have an average of 31,000 words. I’d like to finish at least three of these during 2017. The most promising in theme (RSOK) has some 39,000 words and mainly needs the middle quarter fleshed out. [Of course, if this year goes like last year, I’ll just ADD another three or four starts with 30k words each.]
I don’t have an exact count handy, but I know there must be another dozen working drafts with between 10k and 20k words each. I’d really like to get some of these more fully into the pipeline.
Not sure how or why this happens, but I’ll really get rolling on a story, rack up a lot of words, and just when I vow I need to hunker down and finish it… a new idea pops into my noggin.
I hope I’ll be better physically this year, than last. In 2016, I spent over seven months with shoulder pain that kept me from sleeping on the side that I’d normally sleep on. That followed a period of some six months during 2015 in which my sacroiliac gave me constant fits. So I’m hoping 2017 won’t be any new long-term painful conditions… over and above what I already deal with as a patient of fibromyalgia, osteo-arthritis, stomach issues, and more.
I still managed to exercise 144 times last year, and would have had my second best year (for total number of exercise sessions), had not I ended the year with a dose of the flu / crud, which kept me at home for the last nine days of 2016. This year, I’d like to get to the ‘Y’ 150 times [that would be my new record for 12 months].
I plan to continue working with the kids programming at church, as I have since 2008. Also, last year I helped with our church’s three community dinners… which I plan to do again this year for as many as I can manage.
What about YOU? How do you believe (or hope) 2017 will be different from last year?
[JLS # 313]