What I Plan To Do This Year

Because resolutions involve stuff like, “I’ll join a gym and go until the end of January when I get burned out,” and “I won’t eat anymore chocolate until I go crazy and binge on it.”

Plans are much more practical.

1) Move to NYC at the end of July

2) Pay off my credit card so I can put said moving-to-NYC costs on it

3) Find an apartment in NYC that costs less than the monthly income of an average two-person household (this is going to be tricky)

4) Buy a new computer under $1500 with a 3-year warranty (after paying off credit card? Because I’m currently word-processing on an ancient back-up laptop that wieghs 20 lbs, has a broken space bar, and can’t connect to our wireless network)

5) Get a new job (in NYC) that pays me about as well as I get paid here

6) Apply to Viable Paradise, which I technically can’t afford to pay for right now, but if I get accepted, I don’t have to find the money until July. I need some new eyes to look over some of my work, and I need to hang out with other writers again. I’m starving for it.

7) Apply to Brooklyn College MFA Program (must be done this week. I put it off way too long and apps are due Feb 1)

8) Sell 3 short stories

9) Finish draft of God’s War by March. Have revised and ready-to-hawk version by December.

10) Finish revised (for the bazillionth time) version of The Dragon’s Wall and send to Agent by October

11) Get back to work on book two of the fantasy saga (Over Burning Cities) so I have a draft by June of 2007

12) Begin preliminary research and outline for my next stand-alone fantasy book about a feisty girl-turned-resistance-fighter and abused peace-pursuing man clawing out their own versions of an ideal country from the wreckage of a nation butchered by a Rwandan-like genocide. Currently untitled.

13) Finish reading the 20-odd books I’m currently in the middle of

14) Rescue the music stuck on all of my dead computers

15) Consolidate my student loans

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