It would be ideal if the world did not end in 2012. But, because that’s out of my hands (Or is it?), I’ll just set out a few goals that I can and hopefully will achieve.
Normally it’s not a good idea to make New Year’s resolutions public, but I’m going to stick to a bit of advice I grew up with: “Show your flaws. Let people notice them. Only then will you truly make an effort to correct them.” So by letting you all in on my goals for this year, I’ll hopefully be more motivated to achieve them. And when it comes to writing, working on your flaws with other writers is the best way to improve.
So here they are in no particular order (Except of course if more important things tend to pop up in my mind first; we’ll never know):
-Finish two novels.
-Look for suitable agents and submit at least one novel to said agents.
-Break into a few bigger markets like Apex, Shimmer, The Gloaming etc.
-Publish at least another twenty short stories (Fifteen seems a bit more rational with all the novels I’m working on, but that just wouldn’t be pushing myself enough).
-Get into a few more anthologies with some of the more recognizable names in horror fiction.
-Finish the final draft of my four issue zombie comic book and submit it.
-250 fans for my “Joe Mynhardt’s Short Stories” page on Facebook.
-70 blog followers (If you know anyone who might enjoy blogs about haunted houses and other scary stuff, including tips on horror writing, feel free to send them my way).
-And let’s not forget the usual drop 5kg resolution.
-Don’t lose my day job.
-Don’t go to jail or collect $200.
Other than that I just want to be open to any other possibilities or opportunities that come my way. If 2011 was any indicator of what to expect in 2012, this year will truly be full of surprises.