The Goal: To finish Changers by 27 February.

I don’t know why I picked that date. It just feels right and doable and whatever.

I’d like the book to have at least 55k words, but really I’ll just need to write ’til it’s done.

Right now I have 21,263 words.

That leaves 33,737 words to go (if not more).

There are 80 days until 27 February. I’m not counting today, which is nearly over, but I am counting the 27th itself because I could still write that day and finish.

This means, if I write every day from tomorrow through 27 February, I need to do about 422 words per day to make my minimum word count.

This doesn’t necessarily mean I’d finish the book. I’d merely reach the number of words. (And, honestly, it’s the kind of book that may be a bit longer, more like 65k. Difficult to tell yet.)

So let’s call it 500 words per day. I can do that, right? I’ve done about 300 today, could probably put in a bit more, though I’m having difficulty focusing. But I feel like if I have this per day minimum, that will help me focus. Because it won’t seem like some huge thing. It will seem like a task I can complete.

I can do this.

I will do this.

A Glass Half Full

I woke up feeling optimistic and then found a request for my manuscript in my inbox, so . . . Sometimes it pays to get out of bed.

Thinking ahead to the coming new year—it will be here sooner than you think!—my goals are to get an agent for Peter (or, failing that, publish it myself) and finish Changers, hopefully so that it will be in querying shape by this time next year. I have faith in Peter, and I’m already playing with ideas for more in the series, but Changers is probably more commercial. And there’s a chance it could be a series, too.

I’d also like to start shopping my TV pilot. I’m going to fix it up a bit per the feedback I’ve received and then see where it goes.

That seems like plenty enough to be getting on with for 2015. I really am feeling quite hopeful about my prospects on all fronts. Chin up, eyes forward, and . . . March!