I thought it might be fun to state the project plans for this year and see what actually gets done by year’s end, so here goes…
The main goal this year is to get the Z-Order album finished, but I’m at the mercy of singers for that, so we’ll see what happens. With any luck, it will be released, too.
By March, I hope to be done writing The Art of World Building, which I may start publishing this year. I’ll need it edited first, and I should have the covers (for the three volumes) by spring, so the earliest release might be early autumn. For reasons that will become apparent later, I might need a website just for this book, but I’m not sure if I’ll create that in 2016 or 2017.
I might write more of the 28 stories in The Tales of Llurien, but it’s not a priority in 2016. I have 12 now, and while I could publish them any time (it’s tempting), I really want the whole set done before doing anything. This project will take a few more years.
Instead, I should write a set of novellas for Llurien, preferably five, a prequel and four others. This will be the first thing I publish via my company, Evermore Press, but I have to decide between several novella ideas and then write the 100,000 words the five books will total. This is easily doable as I should be into this by summer at the latest.
After that, I hope to revisit The Dragon Gate novel, polish it, and then prep that for publication. Then I’ll be planning books 2-4 in that series together, but it will probably be 2017 before I write all three of those that year, with any luck, plus some short stories. Yes, I’ve semi-planned the next two years of writing!
I’ll be redrawing my decade old map of the continent Antaria and might create another continent this year, but I’m trying to minimize world building in favor of writing. That said, I have some major initiatives to do there.
I don’t normally write SciFi, but I had two ideas last year. I should finish writing “Dial Up Your Imagination” and another story about a post-apocalyptic city run by an AI. I’ll send these two to contests and magazines before publishing them myself in 2017.
I’ll spend 2-3 months, this spring, revamping a non-fiction book and then having beta-readers go over it before professional editing and getting a cover done. It will be published under another name, but I have decisions to make about when.
If you ever hear me say “I’m busy,” I’m never kidding 🙂