It’s the first of January and I wrote out my list of goals/objectives for 2014 this morning. The past few years, I made no resolutions, at all. I’m lazy, know I’m lazy and kind of just allowed myself not even to bother to make any because I knew I’d probably not follow through with any of them. So this year, I’m trying to be more optimistic about life and my future, and so I jotted down some things I’d like to work towards this year. I’ll try with each of them as best I can, when I can (some of them are quite daunting) but I’ve taken the safe route in life for a while now, and haven’t been living to the fullest. It’s time I challenged myself to do more.
On the writing front, I didn’t manage to write a novella this Christmas, or even finish the re-write of my vampire novel set in Cork and Boston. I’ve gone through some of it and tweaked it here and there, but it’s far from finished. I want it to be the best young adult/new adult story I’ve ever written, and that means plenty of hard work lies ahead. My aim is to have it released this summer. Of course the road to hell is paved with good intentions…
What I did find myself gravitating towards was the completion of Erin and James’ story. I have loved these two characters since I first sat down in the summer of 2007 and started writing Under the Desert Moon. I released Beneath Manhattan Skies to a mostly positive reception in November and even managed to interest people who had never heard of Erin and James to go back and read the prequel, Under the Desert Moon. Some readers are wondering will Erin and James ever get it together? Of course they will. They are meant-to-be. And I outlined the novella over Christmas that will see them finally commit to one another. I’m a few thousand words in and should be finished by the end of this month. I want it to be short, sweet and a little bit sexy, because these two have been waiting years for each other. In this as yet untitled novella, or rather a long short story, Erin is all grown up and her school and college days are long behind her. She deserves to be with the man of her dreams, and James has been waiting for her. I want those two to be happy and in love and carefree, as much as a human woman and a vampire man can, anyway.
So, that’s what I’ve been up to. I hope 2014 will be better for everyone. If 2013 wasn’t the best year of your life, maybe it’s time to re-evaluate and see what needs changing. I want to smile more, laugh at silly things, and try to relax, because I am a worrier, always have been, and it’s probably never going to change entirely, but definitely something to work on.
Best wishes for the year ahead, Emma.