At this time of year, it's always a good thing to look back on the writing goals I set myself to see how I went.
All things considered, my expectations should be pretty low. It's been an exhausting year for a number of reasons, both on the personal and work fronts. I'm not even sure how I've managed to find any time for writing at all.
When I look back on the goals I set myself at the start of the year, I've actually done pretty well. Here's a quick summary:
- I finished and published the third of my Neville Lansdowne stories – Scrawling. It took longer than I originally planned, but the extra effort was worth it. I think it's definitely the best of the Neville stories.
- Thanks to the good people at Evolved Publishing, I was extremely excited to publish my first picture book, Thomas and the Tiger-Turtle. The feedback I've gotten from young readers has been amazing.
- I had my novel Magnus Opum republished by the good people at Booktrope Publishing. Great to see Magnus in print at last.
- Am now in a fairly advanced stage of editing for my next novel, a comic detective thriller titled A Fate Worse than Death.
- I completed several drafts of my YA/MG novel (tentative title Throught the Flame) to the point where I believe it's not far away from being publisher ready.
- I set myself the goal of writing two new potential picture book texts, and I was able to meet it. The titles for these two new stories are Bella and the Blue Genie and Rory and the Rainbow Bird.
- As of this week, I officially made a (very small) start on my long awaited dinosaur story (tentatively titled Dinosaurs).
Not a bad effort for 12 months. I guess now it's time to start thinking about those goals for 2015.
Hope your 2014 was also a good one.
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