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I have good news: my next self-published story is on its way soon!

Now, it’s a little early for me to start throwing out publication dates and the like. What I can say is that I spent most of the day yesterday going over the text and powering through my final changes. The story has gone through some significant edits since the first draft, and I’m happy with the way it’s evolved. I ended up needing more time than I thought to get this story ready, but the extra time and work I’ve put into it were well spent. I’ll be sending it to my editor/publishing wizard, the wonderful Angela, and awaiting her comments.

I will be sure to tell everyone when it’s coming out, as soon as I have more info. I’m not rushing to do this as fast as possible, but at this point I’m in the final stages. I’ll do my best to update everyone on Facebook, but remember to check back here for news on the story and all things related. I will have a cover to show everyone, along with some details about the story, and other related bits to be found here on the blog.

I can’t wait to see what people think of this next one. It’s a different sort of beast than Specimen 25, and it introduces an important character. The most obvious difference for this one is the absence of any kind of sex, as the focus shifts from the interactions of hormonal teens to a more pensive exploration of encountering the unknown and struggling to make decisions thereafter.

I know I’ve said this before, but I want to repeat it again: this new story is related to the events of Specimen 25, but don’t expect to see all the characters making a return…yet. I have plans for them, and I’m working on the direct sequel to the first story. This new story expands the universe and hints at some of the larger events that are driving the narrative.

Once I have more to tell you, I’ll be back here to spread the word.

My first, and most obvious, resolution of this new year is to write more.

For this blog, I would like to write at least one post a week. I think that’s a reasonable goal, and it would be a significant increase as compared to my output from 2014.

I don’t want to set any strict goals for my fiction writing, like x amount of pages/words, but I do want to finish more of the stories that I start. It sounds like an easy resolution to keep. I know from past experience that it takes a lot of dedication. Finishing my projects has always given me trouble, and it’s something I want to change. Right now I have several stories at different points in their development, and some of them have been sitting unfinished for an intolerable amount of time.

I’d like to read more, too. I always read, but 2014 was actually a light year for me, in terms of how many books I read as compared to years past. Reading more books by independent authors was fun and enlightening this past year, so I’m going to continue that. I’d also like to read more books by women this year. I read a hugely disproportionate amount of books written by men, and I know that it’s limiting my potential experiences as a reader. If you’ve got any recommendations, I’d like hear them. Feel free to suggest something in the comments.

Finally, I want to be more open to new experiences this year, whether it’s in my writing life or just as another member of the human race. My own hesitance has stopped me from exploring different things in the past, but 2014 was a reminder to me of how much there is to be gained by stepping outside of my comfort zone. I know I can achieve more this year, but that begins with simply trying more.

What about everyone else? Have you set some goals for yourself to work toward this year? Sometimes even a small commitment can be rewarding when it’s seen through until the end.

And, if you’re still with me, here’s the rest. I’ve been working on some more revisions for the follow-up to “Specimen 25.” As I’ve said before, it’s a very different kind of story that explores other characters within the world and takes the overall story in a different direction. However, for those who read the first story and were left wondering about what happens with Jimmy after, I am also working on that. His story is definitely not over.

Once I have the next story in the correct shape I want it in, I’ll be sending it along for some editing, with an eye toward publication in the near future. It’s still too soon for me to speculate about when that will be getting in motion, but hopefully sooner rather than later. I made the mistake of guessing with that stuff previously, and my estimates at the time were way off. I’m closer this time, though.

Finishing my novel is a sort of unofficial resolution for this year, too. I won’t allow myself to get too discouraged if I don’t meet that goal, because it’s a lot of work. However, I do think it’s possible, and so I’ll be writing with that in mind. There’s a few other things I’d like to say about that, but I’ve decided to save that for a separate post where I can give it the space necessary.

2014 is dead, but now we’re living in its future.