2012: Year of the Zombie

Welcome to 2012, my fellow time-traveling friends. Yes, we’re all traveling in the mundane direction of our collective proper time, but it’s still time travel in a sense.

2012 means all kinds of great things over at Zombie Bedtime Stories and Sanity Vacuum central. Late 2011 was a difficult period in my life, and I expect early 2012 to follow suit. For those not in the know, I fell ill with pneumonia in late October. This caused my to tear a ligament in my chest, a painful and surprisingly debilitating injury. I have been in a state of near-bedrest and very low mobility ever since. It did, however, propel me into the realm of writing full-time, as there was precious little else I could do, and I’m not the type to feel sorry for myself in bed. In November, through the haze of painkillers and pneumonia-induced confusion, I wrote Sanity Vacuum, my first novel.

In December, I released Deadlocked, and I experienced a pleasing (and startling) spike in sales. As I am still not strong enough to return to work (a 15 minute walk outside laid me up for two days earlier this week), I am going to focus my energies in early 2012 to the following:

  1. I am going to do a lot more guest posts, and many more book reviews to increase my visibility.
  2. I am going to write at least 500 words/day towards new Zombie Bedtime Stories, as part of #WIP500. Conceivably, I could complete the entire series rough drafts during this year, assuming average length as under 15k.
  3. Complete my first draft edits of Sanity Vacuum. There’s a lot to do here (see: written on painkillers, kind of disjointed), and it’s vastly different from editing a Zombie Bedtime Story for reasons related to length and continuity. I absolutely love the story and concept of it, which is why I’m putting so much effort into saving it. Tough love style.

In essence, these goals closely mirror my plan for the rest of the year. Eventually, I won’t have a novel to edit and hopefully by that time I’ll be able to look at getting employment that’s more gainful than my Kindle sales. 500 words per day is easily attainable, I’ve had days where I can finely craft that much prose in 15 minutes.

I’m thinking of goals for Sanity Vacuum. I’m going by chapters/day for edits–I try to get 2/3 chapters per day inked up and inputted. After this draft, print-off editing is going away because of budget issues. Then, I see other people managing 15k/day in edits, and feel inadequate.

What do your editing goals look like?

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3 comments on “2012: Year of the Zombie

  1. Jason Darrick says:

    All of those are incredibly wonderful (and largely achievable) goals. My editing goals are minimal this year, I’ve been requested to create a short story for an anthology, so that will be the only actual editing that I do. The rest of the year involves surviving school and getting my truncated goal of 100 words of fiction per day in. My goal is to finish at least one of my manuscripts by the end of the year, but I must be flexible.

  2. I’ve just resumed my final read-through of “Second Breath” and then that’s it for that book. Once it’s Kindleized and Smashwordized and I’ve baptized my blog a couple of two/three times, then I’ll re-acquaint myself with my second novel, “Skeleton Dance” that has been languishing in my hard drive for far longer than I care to admit.

    Life’s too short. Gotta git ‘er dun!

  3. Great Blog.

    I plan to get my zombie blog known to zombie story lovers throughout the world, this year.

    At the moment, I’m at the aspiring author level. May 2012 change all that for me.

    Keep up the good work.

    Rich

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