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2017 Is Going to Kiss My Ass

Last year, 365 days ago, I posted the word that would guide me throughout the year. It took a few days of me mulling it about in my head and picking apart my life a day at a time, but underneath the successes and even the disasters, the word seemed to apply. In 2016, I abdicated far more than I anticipated. You can read more about my goals from the previous year in this post.

I released myself from obligations in my day job for self-preservation and while I thought I might be saddened by it, I made a healthy decision. Now I’ve been able to redirect my energies into my writing. I finished I.Am.Maine: Snapshots of Small Town Maine and released my first superhero novel, Nighthawks: Children of Nostradamus. Finding it didn’t provide joy to my life, I permanently shelved my graphic design book. I also decided to take some risks and submitted four short stories to various anthologies and had three of them accepted. In one year, my name showed up in four books with another showing up in January and then my own novel in February.

Emerge. For 2017, a year that will be filled with challenges unlike any before it, I need to keep my head up and move forward. I don’t want to hesitate, I don’t want to call it a building year like I did for 2016. In 2017, I want to push ahead and rise above the status quo.

I don’t want to spell out everything I have in the works, but the immediate pipeline has been secured. Northern Frights: Maine Horror Stories will arrive during January and Night Shadows: Children of Nostradamus Book 2 will come out on Valentines day. In April another installment of the Children of Nostradamus series will arrive and if all goes well, I’m expected three more books before the end of the year. This is the year of going big. There are no road blocks.

2017 is going to get its ass handed to itself. This ass handing begins on January 2nd. Stay tuned. Things are about to get super at RemyFlagg.com.

A Sea of To-Do Lists

ToDoListI keep my stickies opened at all times on my computer. It doesn’t matter what else I have going on or how many times I reboot (which is never) they’re always there. Hidden within each stickie is my todo list for a particular area of my house. Right now I’ve managed to whittle it down to “Writing,” “Home Repair,” and “Work.” Each grows faster than it shrinks.

At the start of the year, at the suggestion of a member of my writing group, I decided to make some goals for myself. Some are easily obtainable, some are stretch goals, and others are “only with the grace of God,” goals. I’ve managed to put a project into the “published” category, and now I’m waiting to break out the red pen and sign preorders of I.Am.Maine. That will mark the end of a very huge project that has stretched years.

My next project which I think is well within reach is finishing the sequel of Suburban Zombie High. The characters are currently being edited and the layout of their latest battlefield is being tweaked. Overall, the project is coming along nicely. I can see it being ready near the start of summer. With that project done, it’s time to move into the stretch goals, or as I like to refer to it, “The ToDo List I’m scared to Make.”

Stretch Goals: 
Revisit Children of Nostradamus, read Beta Reader Comments
Revise and Rewrite CoN
Prepare Query Letter
Start reaching out to Agents

I’ve given myself a huge bit of time to work on this goal. It’s the scariest and the most “real” of any of my goals. It requires me to put my faith in people other than my readers and I foresee a lot of ups and downs. Thankfully, I’m on track to have so much time, I think I can hope for either an agent at the end of the year, or the realization that the project will never move forward. Either way, the year is underway and progress is being made.

Now back to writing.

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