Today we had our first snowfall of the winter, a light dusting of snow that coated the ground in powdery white. I’m holed up inside, my beagle by my side as I type away at the keys.

I have big plans for 2016. I started a number of WIPs last year, and this year I plan to get at least two stories query-ready and start sending them out. Exciting—and nerve-wracking—stuff. I’d like to have three query-ready stories by year’s end, so that’s my big goal for the year. What’s yours?

My short-term goal is to get back into my writing routine. Last month was crazy, between caring for a very ill 16-year-old beagle (she has, thankfully, mostly recovered. I asked for prayers and healing energy on Facebook and clearly my Facebook friends came through, because we rang in the New Year with our dog still by our side) and prepping for the holidays. So this month is all about getting back on track with my writing goals.

So, here are my goals for the first round of A Round of Words in 80 Days, the writing challenge that knows you have a life. Click here to cheer on fellow participants!

ROW80 2016 Round 1 goals:

  • Revise and expand A Prince in Patience Point from a 30K-word novella to novel-length—at least 40K. Finish this by Feb. 16. This includes expanding the story as well as doing a revision of what’s already on the page.
  • Do a read-through of Good Old-Fashioned Magic and enter edits. Write a synopsis and revise query letter for Good Old-Fashioned Magic. Decide whether to send this manuscript to an editor or to start querying.
  • Work on a first draft of The Broken Mirror, a retelling of Snow White.
  • Read two or three books on the craft/business of writing.
  • Blog twice a week.
  • Check in on social media—Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest—once a day.
  • Do yoga/tai chi/meditate three or four times a week.

What about you? What are your goals for the new year? Any New Year’s resolutions you’d like to share?

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