A brand new year, and with it plenty of opportunities for us all. Call them resolutions, goals, or whatever. The important part is acting on them.
For me, I've targeted a couple of anthologies with the intention of submitting more short stories. I hope to make good on my plans stated back in October on my birthday, and this time I'm checking the usual places more frequently so I don't miss out on anything. I've already got a number of ideas to write, and most of them will be due to the publishers in March or April, so the time to get started is now. I'm feeling more confident in my work, as I continue to write more often (you may notice that fiction is coming up more frequently in my gallery). In fact there's even one I've been holding on to that's ready to go as soon as the commissioner gives the go-ahead, and with it a few full-color pics that have also been ready for submission.
Oh, speaking of art, I'm working right now on a new piece that I hope to complete by tomorrow, if not today (yeah, I spent New Year's Eve not at a party, but doing artwork while listening in on two other art streams
). Also coming up is my first ever TEN-character full-color work. That's right, I actually managed to pack ten characters into a single picture, with a background! It might take me a while to finish (more reason to finally get a new computer so I don't risk losing it in a crash), but that's coming up eventually. In addition, I've been getting some ideas for the R-Force and potential new uniforms, which shouldn't really be a surprise since I'm rarely satisfied with my designs for them.
Speaking of the R-Force and Aurans in general, I'm so close to submitting Auran Legend
that I'm getting jitters about possibly being rejected. Even so, a work that's never submitted will never get published. Right now I'm just adding a bit to fill in the continuity gaps and flesh out the characters a bit more, since I haven't quite hit that 90,000 world sweet spot for debut novels yet. I also need to trim the synopsis and work on the cover letter. I've already got a few potential publishers lined up to submit to, and I'm slightly embarrassed about how long it's taken me to actually get to this point. Submitting my first novel, not a short story or fan work. A full-text work! That reminds me, I need to start looking around for artists to illustrate it. It's all part of the goal I made on last year's birthday, and this year, in 2015, I don't want to miss out on any opportunities.
Regarding other opportunities, I'm still on track for making Furry Weekend Atlanta this year, as well as Anthrocon. I'm hopeful about Midwest FurFest, but that depends on whether or not it clashes with finals week like it did last year. Outside of cons, I expect to be just as active around here as ever.
And so, let us make the most of each day this year. May this year be one of success, growth, and optimism for all of us!