02 January, 2013

A New Year Collaboration

This is one day late, but only for the traditional reasons of New Year's debauchery and hang overs!

But New Year isn't just about partying, or throwing away old calendars.  For many it's a time for reflection and resolution.  For me, it's been a crazy five months.  My career started out of nowhere, my blog got reasonably popular--high pressure excitement all around.  My resolutions basically involve not buckling under the pressure.  I'll practise what I preach and make myself thrive on it instead.

In the spirit of togetherness, I'd like to invite all my readers to post their resolutions, progress, tribulations or anything else in the comments section.  I'll even answer any questions and address any woes wherever I can.

Speaking of resolutions, for those of you interested in science fiction or fantasy, the Clarion Writer's Workshop is now open to applications.

For everyone, I'd like to re-post something that may have seemed random and gone unnoticed last time.  Watch the following video.  It's incredibly inspiring to hear such a grand success and Neil Gaiman talking about his career and sharing his wisdom of how to maintain a healthy attitude.  It's his commencement speech for the University of the Arts 2012.  Well, life is the best University of the Arts, so let's start 2013 with an inspiring summary.

I look forward to reading and responding to your comments!  Let's make 2013 worthy of a rock ballad montage.


Rory Somers said...

Well, after lolling in ‘I want to be a writer’ limbo for 2012, and only actually finishing a handful of stories my New Year’s Resolution for 2013 is twofold. My aim is to write at least one short story a month to enter into one of the competitions found in the ‘Writing Magazine’ and obviously the second part of that resolution is to get published.

Wm. Luke Everest said...

Sounds great, Rory. Some people might tell you not to expect success right away, but I think every story is a success if only for being part of a learning process. Just keep reading and writing. It's good, on work days at least, to spend a bit of time writing each day, even if it's only ten minutes. That goes for any form of brain-training.

Later in your career, you may wish to forego the bunny ears when dealing with publishers in person. For now, though, wear whatever inspires you.

Anonymous said...

My resolutions:
Read 30 books
Finish my first book (currently in draft) and write another
Get 6 short stories sent to magazines

Aside from writing, I also plan to learn French (in progress) and run my first marathon. Starting the Writing community on Google+ has been fun too.

Thanks for the thoughts and video.

Wm. Luke Everest said...

Sounds like a great plan, my friend. I like the idea of setting yourself a book target. I've always got a book on the go, but it's too easy to get lost in video games these days... f**king Skyrim... :'(