I realize that making a public declaration like this is one of the stupidest things you can do. Everyone knows that as soon as you make a grand pronouncement like this you are essentially cursing yourself in a very public manner. (This is probably why nearly every great undertaking starts off with very little fanfare. In secret. If it fails, who cares? Nobody, because no one knew about it.)
Well, where’s the fun in that?
I believe in the Accountability Model of Achievement (aka The Public Shaming Model)– the more people whom I tell, the more likely I am to actually do what I said I was going to do. Because if I don’t then everyone and their mother will be guaranteed to ask me “Whatever happened to that thing you said you were going to do…?” for the next freaking year. Or two.
So, the more people who are invested in something, the less likely I am to let it die a quiet, unnoticed death.
That’s the plan anyway.
So, here goes.
In 2020 I plan on finishing my novel (… that I initially started about 4 years ago in grad school. Don’t ask. I did actually, technically finish it, it just sucked so bad I couldn’t bear it. Hence, third draft’s the charm, eh?) and publishing it.
I am working on getting the movie I made a few years ago — Gameheads — broken up into bite-sized videos and put on YouTube as a serial.
I am revamping my old student blog into a new author blog. (You’re looking at it right now, babe.)
I am starting a podcast, which will be about writing plus whatever-the- hell-I-feel-like-talking-about.
I’m going to do more book reviews — both fiction and non-fiction — along with some movie and TV reviews.
As God is my witness, I am going to learn how to play the guitar even if it KILLS me!
And finally, I want to start attending some writing or sci-fi/fantasy conventions as a guest again.
Whew! That’s enough for one year.
How about you? What are your plans for 2020? Don’t be afraid — just spit it out! Believe me, not only is it therapeutic, but the prospect of some good, old-fashioned public shaming might be just the kick in the ass you need to get things done.