It’s that time of year again when we reflect on what we have done in the past year and shift our focus to the work ahead. If 2012 was my year to catch up on science fiction classics, then 2013 was my year to catch up on comics. I have finally reached a point where I feel respectably read in science fiction, fantasy, horror and comics.
So what’s in store for 2014? Here’s my rundown by the numbers (I hate quotas, but what’s a goal if it’s not objective?).
1. Read 50 SF books — I typically read anywhere from 30-50 books in a year, which is about half the pace of most book bloggers I’ve seen. A book a week seems to be a sweet spot for me — anything more will take away from family time and writing and anything less will cause my TBR pile to fall in a cataclysmic heap.
2. Read more women authors — I don’t have an easily accessible list of books I read in 2013, but if I went through them, I am guessing that I read about 80% male and 20% female authors. But when I look back on the year, some of my most memorable reads were Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice and my deep examination into James Tiptree’s life and fiction. I am hoping to get this ratio to be closer to the 60%-40% range (since there are many go-to and middle-of-series male authors that will be in my queue already).
3. Read more culturally diverse authors — I read a lot of white male American/British literature, but fortunately have a job where I communicate with people daily from five continents. Conversations often turn personal, but I would like to become deeper engrained in the writing of other cultures. I plan on traveling to China this year (a personal trip and perhaps a business trip too). I would like to read at least three translated works and at least 25% from non-caucasion authors.
4. Read more new releases — As I mentioned above, much of my reading has been to catch myself up in the field. I am hoping that at least 80% of my reads will be from books published in 2013 or 2014.
5. Establish more relationships in the field — In addition to meeting new people, here are a few goals I have to get more connected in the field.
- Attend 2 conventions — I already purchased my ticket for Legendary ConFusion and hope to attend one more convention in 2014.
- Conduct 10 interviews — I haven’t interviewed anyone on Odd Engine yet, but I think I would like to do this in 2014. I love reading and listening to interviews and think this would be a good way to establish connections, while giving writers publicity for their hard-earned work.
- Learn how to use social media more effectively — I consume social media more than I use the social aspect of it. I haven’t quite figured out how to use it properly other than with personal friends (outside of the SF field). Particularly, I would like to use Twitter and Goodreads a little better. I don’t have a Facebook page for this site and I’m not quite certain if I should make one or not. I use Facebook for my personal connections, but have become increasingly frustrated with the way it functions and its changing security policies.
6. Write more fiction
- Write 12 short stories
- Submit 10 of these stories to publishers
- Complete a respectable draft of my SF novella trilogy (book 1 is in revision, book 2 is started).