The 2015 Resolutions and Plans

If you know me, you’ll know that it’s been a dream of mine write for IGN for well over a decade now. Well, on Monday, four IGN staff members quit to follow their dream and launch their own gaming network. It presented the perfect opportunity to throw my hat into the ring and apply.

But I didn’t.

Why? No, not because I never made the cut before, but because I felt inspired by those four. And also a bit… unaccomplished. Here these guys are, following their dream and simultaneously shattering the industry as we know it, while I only continue to hope for some break or chance that would make me just a tad happier. I need to push myself. I need to take risks.

And while moving to California and following my dream there would be the biggest risk by far, I can’t say that’s even remotely in the cards. Having a son, buying a house—they’ve tied me down in a way I absolutely love but at times also despise. So what can I do about it?

I can make a resolution. Here and now, I’m deciding what I’m going to do with my future. Do I really want to work hard only to eventually become a proverbial mouthpiece for someone else’s words? Or do I want to write my own words?

The choice was simple. Maybe I’ll regret it at some point, but for now, setting on a definite path is making me jump for joy.

No, seriously.

So, for 2015, here’s the plan:

  • Bring Trezka to a point I feel comfortable publishing. While it may not necessarily release in 2015, I want my third book’s text to be finalized and ready to go when and where I want it released.
  • Bring my Fourth Book to a point I feel comfortable sending it to agents and/or publishers. There’s still a lot of work to be done with this book, but I’m more confident in its first draft than I’ve been of any of my books. And it has the possibility of being a real gamechanger for me.

None too lofty goals, you might think, but the way time has slowly bled away for me of late, perhaps far more realistic than what otherwise could have been. There’s more I’d like to do, as well, and while I’m not going to include them as part of the “resolution” above, my hope is I’ll get at least some of these done:

  • Publish Sanity’s Flaw.
  • Create business cards.
  • Find an agent and/or publisher for my Children’s Book.
  • Outline my Sixth Book.
  • Publish The Nobodies.
  • Develop and possibly outline my Fifth Book.

I won’t bother going into detail for the above right now, as I’m certain more information will be available in the not-too-distant future, but do note the Sixth Book is taking momentary precedence over the Fifth. That’s certainly no mistake.

More to come tomorrow.