Looking Forward to 2014

Hope by Pol Sifter

A new year and a fresh start. The shedding of old skin and old baggage. I love this time of year. Everything feels fresh and hopeful. Changing that number on the calendar makes a big difference to me even though it’s just a number.

I didn’t make any resolutions for 2013, except to finish everything I started and to balance my obligations better. What I hope to accomplish in 2014 is more of the same.

I plan on editing my historical fantasy novel, set in bronze age Asia, and getting it in shape to send out on submissions. It’s looking quite daunting right now. A lot of research has gone into it, and I’m worried I’m going to forget all the details that need to go in. It’s also the longest novel I’ve written and the first draft is a beast. I’m not sure how long it will take to edit and I’m a little nervous about the process. I will edit as much as necessary, but this time I want to make the process as efficient as possible, so I’m doing more planning at the start.

If life cooperates, I also hope to start and finish the first draft of another novel. So: edit one. write one.

OH and I also got a new weekly planner! I’m giddy over having all those blank new pages to fill up and doodle on and color code! I got my colored pens and highlighters ready to go… <3

We’ll see how 2014 shapes up. I hope to make it a healthier, less stressful, happier year than 2013. I’m still working on the balance. There may be some big life changes this year that I’ll have to stay flexible about, but I’m excited to start working on brand new things and getting back into writing. I hope that good things start happening this year for you too.

What are you hoping for in the new year?

8 Comments to “Looking Forward to 2014”

  1. I’m cautiously optimistic about 2014. I have a full plate, and it feels like it’s only a matter of time before things start falling by the wayside. But I there’s something I see that looks vaguely like a light at the end of the tunnel.

  2. As we have always thought in my family, there are very few problems in life that can’t be solved by the correct office supplies. 🙂

    I’m looking forward to a 2014 that’s at least somewhat different than 2013. On the day that you wrote this post, in fact, I completed the sale of the old family homestead, a project which occupied me for most of last year. And, since I’ve never had a twinge of nostalgia about the change (as I talked about here:, this is pretty much a completely positive development. There are other family projects which still demand my time in 2014, but I’m taking a few days off from all that (which is a weird feeling).

    I think I’ll get some writing done…

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