Exactly What Did I Accomplish In 2010?

February 22, 2011 will be the two-year anniversary of my completing my first novel.  I have yet to come even close to finishing my second.  That’s been weighing heavily on my mind, lately.  So, I thought I’d run down my various projects and wins from the past year.  Sure, it’s just a huge pat on the back, but what’re you gonna do, right?

  • Wrote a chapter on Grim Wars, Book One
  • Wrote a chapter or two on Corrupting Truth
  • Wrote Double Date for Incubator Press
  • Wrote Black Dawg for Viper Comic’s Cryptophobia
  • Wrote several columns for ProjectFanboy.com
  • Became an intern with Dark Quest Books and read numerous authors’ submissions
  • Submitted Forging Truth to Dark Quest and a handful of other places
  • Started a second entry to submit to Cryptophobia, entitled The Coyote and the Spider
  • Tweeted like a mug!  Made friends and networked, too
  • Read articles on my craft
  • Developed a handful of future stories

What goals do I have for 2011?  The short answer is, pretty much, more of the same.  My birthday is June 30.  That’s the perfect benchmark, as it falls right at the midpoint of the year.  So, by my birthday, I plan on pulling off the following:

  • Submit Forging Truth to no fewer than 25 agents/publishing houses (if it’s not snapped up by Dark Quest first)
  • Submit The Coyote and the Spider and one of my own to Viper Comics
  • Finish the first draft of Corrupting Truth

That’s probably enough, right?  That still gives me another half a year to kick some more tail.  Oh, and edit, edit, edit.

Happy 2011, everyone.

– Ray


Pre-New Year’s Resolution Resolutions

I always make these grand New Year’s resolutions that I never accomplish.  I figured, “What harm could it bring to have some Pre-New Year’s Resolution Resolutions this year.  I’m on vacation for nine days, leading into the new year, and I plan on attending to my writing as much as possible.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to jump start my writing engine a little and let it warm up prior to unleashing the full work load that is my writing resolutions for 2011.

My writing resolutions for the rest of this year (and the first couple of days in the next) are as follows:

1.  Write something, anything, dangit!

2. Work up my questions for Greg Rucka, since he’s so graciously accepted my request for a Professional Fanboy interview.

3. Work on (finish?) chapter two in Corrupting Truth.

4. Pull my list of agents from WritersMarket.com, since my account will lapse on the 30th.

5. Let Dark Quest know that I will be shopping my MS around to other agencies starting in January.

6. Post ads looking for an artist for Cryptophobia.

7. Come up with a rough summary for my next Cryptophobia submission.


Think I’ll get to even half of these by the time I go back?  Maybe if I didn’t have to do a lot of running around during the next week.  Until I see you again, have a little faith, and a Happy New Year.


The very resolute Ray