When’d 2013 happen? Oh yeah, yesterday. 2012 seemed to go by in a blur. And we’re still here. Hmm. I’m not really surprised the world didn’t end. It made me think, though. Why is our culture/society rather obsessed with prophecy and the world ending? Made me think that we’re a rather superstitious lot.
Anyway, enough on my musings on doomsday stuff… Onto IWSG. Happy IWSG 2013 style! Every month writers around the globe and galaxy gather to offer support and talk about what’s on their minds. The brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh [a guest here next Wednesday], IWSG meets the first Wednesday of every month. It’s not too late to join. Click on Alex’s name to sign up.
So a new year dawns… I’ve made a few resolutions. First, I decided to quit reading my reviews. Can I truly do this? It’s tough, but I find I’m saner on the whole by just leaving it alone.
Second. The first Saturday of every month I will devote to taking care of the financial side of my writing career. I MUST be more organized this way. My ex-banker crit partner says merely keeping a journal is good enough. Sounds simple, yet I slacked at it in 2012. I MUST make it a better habit in 2013.
Third. I also need to schedule in time to dedicate to marketing activities besides social networking. Must. What? I’m not sure, but I need to make time to look into it and make plans. Implement them, too.
I’ve been rather inadequate at these, or I feel I have, which makes me feel a bit anxious. There needs to be more of me I think. For now, I’m still buried trying to get the next Backworlds done. First draft is done, which is great. But no breaks for me, the polishing/revision phase must be completed by January 21st. I’m sure I’ll do it. I just won’t do much else this month. Then it’ll be back from the editor and in my hands by end of January and the fans are waiting… which means I’ll be working my butt off to get it out by end of February. Then do I get to rest? No. It’ll be time to crank on the next Hetty Locklear, Earth Hereafter, and start sketching out Backworlds #4.
Maybe for now I need to set a smaller goal with the marketing and try to find one new thing to do twice a month. The point is to stretch myself and reach new people. It’s something I’d like to blog more about this year and get a real dialogue going. There, I typed it out loud.
Is there anything you’re going to try to make a better habit this year?
and now to help out someone else’s anxieties… Applause for E.J. Wesley and his latest release. Go give him some likes and tags and such.
Witch’s Nocturne by E.J. Wesley
After receiving an ancient tribal journal from her grandfather, Jenny is sent on a mission of discovery in an attempt to unravel clues to her family’s monster hunting past. The journey becomes more than academic when she is asked to confront a coven of dangerous witches who plan to cast an insidious spell on the plains of West Texas.
Witch’s Nocturne is the second of the Moonsongs Books, a series of New Adult, paranormal-horror-action novelettes–with a Texas twist–by author E.J. Wesley
Witch’s Nocturne is available now:
Amazon Smashwords (ePub & PDF)
Blood Fugue, Moonsongs Book 1, is also available:
Amazon (Free to borrow for Amazon Prime members.)
(Note: These stories contain some language and content better suited for mature readers.)
E.J. lives in South Texas. He likes his words and food spicy, and tries to give a little extra ‘kick’ to the stories he writes. He enjoys reading horror, sci-fi, YA, MG, New Adult–basically anything with words. In true Texas fashion, E.J. is very neighborly, and welcomes you to say ‘howdy’ at: