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WriYe Blogging Circle – Auld Lang Syne

30 December 2014 No Comment

The last blog circle post for 2014, which means I’ve caught up at last, and just in the nick of time! Click through to read the resolutions for my writing in 2015, and how I plan to achieve these goals.

Because I will. Hey, I hear you snickering…

Shut up. I will!


After your year of writing, you’ve seen the good and the bad that happens as time goes on. You know your high months and you know your low months. You should know where you are lacking and where you’re awesome. Take that all into account and give us five (5) resolutions for your writing next year.

Bonus: Tell us how you plan on completing each one!

Resolution 1: Finish Galleys Between

I have two more novellas to go to round out the Galleys Between story, with maybe a short story to tie it up in a bow afterwards. I think that one I’ll post to the website, maybe. A hidden page, linked only from the last novella? That might be silly, but fun.

To facilitate achieving this goal, I’m actually scheduling two weekends, just for Galleys Between. The 5k Weekend Challenges for January and February will be for Galleys Between, with a fall-back in March if necessary. This also means I can revise, edit and release by the end of June.

Resolution 2: Strategize & Plot the Jack Dawes series

There are seven novels in my mind, for the Jack Dawes series. I was going to write separate novels for Shay, but I think it’s going to be the two of them the whole way through this, so Shay’s story is going to be revised; Into the Mirror will become Three For a Girl, and will take place in Shay’s POV alongside Four For a Boy, which will be in Jack’s POV.

New Bedlam needs to be fleshed out as I plot the novels, because while it’s serviceable in its current incarnation for the NBP short stories and anthologies, the novels make it a wider world, so to speak.

To achieve at least this much, if not finish the novels as well, I’ve dug out my plotting binder (from way back when I started The New Bedlam Project) and will get to work, pen to paper, to get the story (stories) into shape, and the town looking more like a town. Maybe even a real map this time!

Resolution 3: Participate in Last WriYer Standing

I had so much fun last time, and it was SO cool to work with the others participating and voting that I absolutely want to do it again this year. It was an awesome experience that must be repeated.

All I’ve got to do for this one is sign up, and bring my best game. <|;^) Resolution 4: 400,000 Words

I’m going for 100k above the goal this year, since I’ve come close to that anyway, and would have broken it, had I not as much as missed two months. Excusable, yes, but my point is, I can do it, and I will.

This means one hour of writing every day, at least 1100 words. That can be split up into two or more sprints, and as long as I have that many words per day, I’m golden. I have the months split up into different counts, but it all rounds out to 400k in 2015.

Resolution 5: Win NaNoWriMo 2015

This was the first year I’ve ever hit my 50k well ahead of time. Problem was, I burnt out doing it so fast. So, next year, I’m going to do 2k a day, more on the weekends if I’ve the time, and keep going right until the end of the month. Hopefully it’ll give me a solid – complete – first draft of Three For a Girl or Four For a Boy. Hey, if things go well, maybe it’ll even be Five For Silver!

Again, this just requires me actually sitting still and getting those words out, maybe a half to an hour in the morning, and the same in the evening.

And that would be it for my resolutions. The biggest one? Just get those words OUT! They’ve been in my head, wreaking havoc, for months. And months.

And years, truth be told.

Time to come out to play…

’til next month,
<3 JL

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