2017 Writing Goals

2017 Planner

As we look forward to another year I thought I’d share some of my writing goals for 2017:

  • Publish Daughters of Shadow and Blood – Book III (duh)
  • Audiobooks for Yasamin and Elena
  • Edit YA alternate history fantasy novel
  • Write at least two novellas in a new Southern Gothic series
  • New Serbian Bureau of Strange Occurrences short stories (or maybe a novella)
  • New Yasamin short stories
  • More linked stories in the vein (heh) of The Big Bad and The Big Bad II.

So, what does everyone think? What are your writing goals for 2017?

The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do To Make Your Writing More Awesome

There’s no magic bullet for being a decent writer, or making people bond with your characters or fall in love with your story. Writing is a million different skills and challenges, and each story is different. But the more I struggle to make this work, the more I think there’s one key thing that makes writing more excellent: Finding your own blind spots as an author, and trying to see into them.

Courtesy of io9.

Music Thursday: Enya “Silent Night” (“Oíche Chiúin”)

Because Monday is already taken. This column will feature music I listen to when I write, or maybe sometimes music I just like (and therefore think everyone else should, too).

Merry Christmas, y’all.

“Silent Night” was originally composed in Austria in 1818. The lyrics were originally in German, but it has been translated into over 140 languages, including Irish Gaelic.

Music Thursday: The Piano Guys “Carol of the Bells/God Rest You Merry, Gentleman”

Because Monday is already taken. This column will feature music I listen to when I write, or maybe sometimes music I just like (and therefore think everyone else should, too).

All twelve cellos in this medley of “Carol of the Bells” and “God Rest You Merry, Gentleman” are all played by one cellist, Steven Sharp Nelson of The Piano Guys.

I’ve already talked about the origin of “Carol of the Bells.” “God Rest You Merry, Gentleman” is another one of my favorites and another old carol, dating back to the sixteenth century or even older.