Goals for 2016


I know, it’s a tradition (I hate it) but here we go:


  • Get A Star Filled Sea off to editing and have proofs by Feb, out to backers by the end of Feb/mid-March, ditto BTSBTS.
  • Apply to Clarion West and maybe get in.
  • Finish my Juran Elaspe project (WiP titles include: Loyal at Heart/The Fractured Era/A Broken World, A Fractured Heart/The Starship Builder’s Soul)
  • Kickstart One in Blue, the Other Green and re-Kickstart A World of Strange New Things.
  • Finish various Ashteraiverse shorts/novellas including A Question of Faith (Liz Stone #1, possibly a short maybe a novella) and Astraea’s Case Files (maybe a series of short novels).
  • Get into Lesser Evils and finish it!
  • Submit one story a week to pro markets with the aim of getting a single sale. (That’s not bad, odds-wise, right?)
  • Write one stand-alone short story a month.
  • Get into at least one anthology.
  • Work on rewriting The Music of the Spheres as a YA romance.
  • Rework my AW novels and write The Crimson Sea.
  • Close Facebook whenever I’m writing. Actually, make that, spend time listening to YouTube videos instead of Facebooking (they’re my white noise).
  • Read as much short fiction as possible.
  • Completely update my website.


  • Quit drinking (my meds specifically say ‘do not mix with alcohol’ … hahahahahahahahahah, yeah … that).
  • Take my anxiety meds when I get anxious.
  • Go to two Zumba classes a week and try to ease myself into the cross-trainer/treadmill in the gym.
  • Try to walk 10,000 steps at least three times a week.
  • Cook at home more/take food (breakfast) rather than eating out.
  • Take Uni for a free run at least once a week/with Brams and Mhairi where possible.
  • Surround myself with people/dogs/cats I love.
  • Go somewhere on holiday at least once, even if it’s for a few days.
  • Cut down on the coffee, if not the number then the size of the drink.
  • Drink more water.

Fun Stuff

  • Go to see a film on my own when I want to see a particular release; I am not wasting a ticket by doing so (Uni can count as my plus 1)
  • See someone I enjoying spending time with at least once a week.
  • Go to Bath at least twice for ‘writing retreats’/lounging in the spa.
  • Actually use my passport for something other than ID.
  • Buy one thing I want a month but I have to wait 30 days before making the purchase.
  • Play video games one Saturday a month just because I can (rainy days are optional). Also finish Rise of a Tomb Raider.
  • Pre-order the books I want to read (Staked by Kevin Hearne, Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire, The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin etc) using my Audible credits as they come in.
  • Catch up with Shannon at least once this year.
  • Go down to London just for ramen/fun/to see Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds.
  • Sleep in every now and again (my meds require it).
  • Hug Isis, Dion and Ceri daily.
  • Watch a beloved movie, something which lifts my mood, on Sunday afternoons after Draft Zero (my crit group).

Life Stuff

  • Get out of debt, stop using Contactless cards and pay with cash by September/October.
  • If I REALLY want something, seek advice before making the purchase (my bipolar means I sometimes rush into purchases; this morning I wanted a new backpack which I do need but don’t have the money for).
  • If I’m out of debt by then, look into a new fridge (it’s the last of my aging white goods that hasn’t yet died and I want an American-style one).
  • Try to actually put clothes away when they come out of the dryer.
  • Start spring cleaning the house/decuttering. Read that Kondo Marie book sitting on my iPad.
  • Make shopping lists and try to stick to them. Esp in Waitrose.

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