. . . No, not Merry Christmas but the final blog post from me for 2017.
Last week I gave you a very quick overview of my year, and so tonight, on New Year’s Eve, I am going to look forward to the year ahead.
I’m not much of New Year’s Resolution kind of guy. I prefer to review my goals and adjust and measure as I go along, (although not nearly enough, which is something I will be tackling this year).
So, what are my priorities for 2018?
The first one, the big one, is finishing writing Joe Coffin Season Four. I stumbled on Season Three and wound up having to rewrite a huge chunk of it. I don’t regret the rewrite, even though it pushed the publication date back by about six months, because the novel was much better for it. But this time I would like to miss out the bit where I have to delete huge chunks of prose and write new stuff.
I’d rather get it right the first time.
We’ll see. This writing game is a confusing business at the best of times.
Next up is to knuckle down and finish a qualification I started last year, one which will enable me to expand my teaching role. I love the creative writing teaching, and it is definitely something I would like to do more of.
Back to writing again, and there is another book I need to finish and publish in 2018. Planet of the Dinosaurs Book Two: The Journey North. You can see a mock-up of the cover here, although the book might not actually be called The Journey North, and the cover might look a little different.
But, like I said, it’s a mock-up.
One project that is definitely happening and early in the year too, and I can safely say this because it’s pretty much in the can already (as those movie folk like to say) is the Limited Edition Joe Coffin Box Set. The first three seasons in hardback with extra features, including deleted chapters and my handwritten notes.
More on that in the next couple of weeks.
What else? Well, there will be another After School Creative Writing Club, my regular once a month Saturday afternoon Spark Young Writers’ sessions and the adult creative writing workshops. I also plan on getting more speaking gigs and holding a couple of very specific, once only workshops.
Back with the writing, I’m not sure how many more My Weekly Pocket Novels I have left in me to write, but I’m pretty sure I will do at least one more.
And, I almost forgot, I’ve got a very exciting Top Secret Project lined up for 2018.
More on that next year.
All of this means I have an incredibly busy but very exciting year lined up.
And that’s how I like it.
Have a fantastic New Year’s Eve and my hope for you as we move forward into that freshly scrubbed, brand spanking new 2018 is simply that you will be happy.
Because I think genuine happiness covers all bases really.
By the way, I am finishing this year with this, my nineteenth blog post in a row.
Back in August I made a commitment to publish a blog post every Sunday without fail.
And nineteen weeks later I haven’t missed once.