In many ways, 2009 taught me about all the myriad things I don’t have control over. It’s been humbling, to say the least, to learn so much about this industry. It’s been a little embarrassing to admit just how much I didn’t know, walking in to 2009.
What I didn’t have in business savvy and general know-how, however, I made up for with perseverance in the writing department, something I have absolute control over. My mantra for 2009 was, certainly, Just Keep Writing. And write I did. A whole damn lot.
So, 2010 is already starting off with a lot of loose ends. But I’m still writing. This weekend saw the completion of a short story and a proposal. Now, I’m hunkering down to get back into The Ward of the Rose after a self-inflicted break at the end of December.
Still, I don’t think 2010 is going to be that different, in that the goal is the same as ever: to find homes for my books. But much of this stuff, well, I have no direct control over. I can’t force anyone’s hand. But I can be patient, I can continue to foster friendships and seek out new opportunities… I can keep writing.
So, the one goal for 2010?