It’s Getting Crowded in Here

So 2016 is my “finish a goddamned book” year. It’s not a stupid resolution I won’t follow after a month because cake inevitably kicks the gym’s ass: it’s a self-imposed deadline to get ON my proverbial writing buns, sit my ass in front of the keyboard, and finish something.

At some point, I might learn not to announce intentions in any format other than a Jameson-induced drunken whisper, because apparently the Universe subscribes to the following axiom: if you want something done, give it to a busy person.

Except, unlike type A personalities or Virgo-ish busy people, MY prioritization and organization skills are often sub-par. And so, I have the following deadlines in February/March because I’m a fool who doesn’t spread out my work better.

  • book review for Ancient History Encyclopedia
  • 1500 word article on sex in ancient Rome for the same site (it’s getting the subject down to 1500 words that’ll be a challenge)
  • 1400 word article for a magazine (a paying market! YAY!)
  • book review for a guy who found me through this blog and sent me his serial killer novel, which I’m actually DYING to get to but must finish reviews in order. 
  • book review for Ancient History Encyclopedia (yes, another one, but I haven’t received it yet so it’s lower on the list). 
  • book review for one of my favorite authors…I’m waiting for confirmation on that one, but I’m hoping I qualify as a review blogger for her because I love her work. 
  • article I started for a magazine query earlier this month but never heard back on my letter (deadline is 3/1) so I’m changing it to a non-fiction book synopsis for later. I don’t want to lose the idea, but I can’t put it first in priority right now. 
  • I have three short stories currently waiting for rejection out to markets. I’m not thinking about them much, except that it’s best to have another marked queued up so I can submit again right away. This means I have to spreadsheet-track every piece, where it is, how long it’s been there, and where it’s going next. 
  • I have a writing group twice a month and I owe them a finished piece (a short story that’s totally unrelated to either book series). 
  • Two different fiction series – one has been in the works since 200fucking8. I want to finish the first book in each series this year. 
Seriously, if you don’t hear from me in a month or so, send a damn flare or something. I might be buried under a mountain of books. 

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