2014 Review & 2015 Preview

So I more or less completed my goals for 2014. My co-writer and I finished the rom-com script, and I also finished the thriller an indie director asked me to pen. Both of those feel like so long ago, it’s hard to believe it was just this past year. I also finished The Fall and Rise of Peter Stoller. Haven’t published it yet, though; encouraging feedback from editors at SFWC led me to believe the manuscript might be salable, so I’ve held off on self-publishing it as originally planned. Finally, I wrote my original TV pilot, and initial coverage is very promising. Now I’m also hoping it might get picked up somewhere.

I guess 2014 was an okay year. I keep a running list each year of things that happen, good and bad and neutral, and 2014 was mixed. Lots of rejection, but that’s part of the job. I can take a fair amount of no if I’m also getting some yes. Alas, there was less of that this year. We’re trying to sell the rom-com, the indie director is working on pulling together production of that thriller, and I have five literary agents reading Peter, but nothing is solid or settled, and of course that’s what I really want.

At least I can say my short film Adverse Possession finished production this year and is now on its way to film festivals. But again, nothing definite on where or when it will premiere.

So for 2015 I’m hoping for unequivocal wins. Here are my goals:

1. Get an agent for The Fall and Rise of Peter Stoller.

Barring that, I will self-publish it. But I’ve had some encouraging feedback from a couple agents, and I’m hoping that will turn into one of them offering to represent it.

2. Finish Changers.

It’s about half done now. My goal is to finish the draft by 27 February, but I’m losing a lot of time over the holidays, so I don’t know if that’s reasonable. It may be more like late March.

3. Get Hunting Victor Frankenstein picked up.

Initial coverage has suggested it’s worthy of network consideration. Fingers crossed.

I’d also like to be sure I get back to London again in 2015. This past year was the first in a long time I hadn’t gone, and I miss it! I do have one trip scheduled for August at least, though not to London . . . I can’t go a year without travel of some kind; I get claustrophobic if I’m forced to stay put.

As for the rom-com and the thriller, of course I would like to see them go into production. I’d like to see Adverse Possession get picked up by some film festivals, too. But those things are out of my hands. I can only focus on what I can do.

Three things. It’s not a long list, but that doesn’t make it any less challenging. These are three major goals. Let’s see if I can reach them this coming year.

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