Howdy folks and Happy Saturday. Happy New Year, as well.
I was really honored when Carrie and Sasha asked me to join the Genreality Posse. I’ve had a good time here and I hope my posts have been useful to you all as you chart your course in the Wacky World of Writing. It’ll be strange to not be posting here but I’ll keep posting about life and work over at Facebook and eventually on the Brand New KenScholes.com (still in progress) where I hope to bring back Discombobulated Pensivity in the Double-Wide of Life for a fresh go.
I use this time of year to take a good inventory of the ground I’ve covered, the ground I hoped to cover and didn’t, and the ground I didn’t even see until now but would like to cover next year.
All in all, I’m mostly glad 2012 is behind me. It was a year of losses and gains, some tied together. I think the biggest life change for me was that circumstances finally lined up for me to quit the dayjob and put my focus on writing full time. I can’t speak for others who’ve gone through this transition, but I can speak for me: It doesn’t necessarily line up just the way you think when you’re daydreaming about being full-time. Full-timeness comes with it’s own set of challenges and in my case, it’s come with some things to learn and un-learn. The biggest piece I’m learning now is how to effectively multi-task and strategically plan the other bits of writing business around the writing itself.
Another big accomplishment last year was finally, after over two years of on-and-off work, wrapping up Requiem and getting it in to Tor. In my pay-it-forward category of goals, my attendance at Cascade Writers was probably my most fruitful venture — that weekend with my group of writers continues to be one of my best ever coaching experiences and I’ve come out of it with a few good friends that I’m excited to watch as they launch their stories into the world.
For 2013, I get to experience this childhood dream of mine taking me around the world. I’ve been invited to the Imaginales Festival in France this Spring so of course I’m going. And expanding my trip so I can spend some time in Paris before and after the conference. I’ll get home in time to go on whatever tour we decide upon for Requiem’s release in early June. For conventions, I’m planning to attend Norwescon, Imaginales, GenCon and Orycon. I’m planning to speak at Cascade Writers though I won’t have a group this year. And in other pay-it-forward events, J.A. Pitts and I are tentatively teaching a workshop together (details to follow) and I will be spending a day teaching in a high school down in the Bay Area. I’m actually still building my 2013 goals so this is a pretty sketchy list.
Of course, the most important part of my goals have to be around production. In 2013, I’ll draft my story for Metatropolis 3: Green Space and do my co-editor duties on that project. And I’ll also finish the Psalms of Isaak — the goal is to have Hymn turned in before I head abroad in May. I’m reading the first four books now and taking notes with an aim to start drafting in a few weeks. Later in the summer, after the dust has settled from Requiem’s release, I intend to start diversifying my inventory with a jump out of my normal genre to write a short romance novel (think Nicholas Sparks) under a pen name. Those projects and a few shorter ones — fiction and non-fiction — will keep me busy.
I think my only closing advice for those who wish it is this: Know who you are and what you’re capable of…and remember to keep slinging the words. Write more. Write faster. Fix what you’ve written and put it into the world, then forget about what you’ve written and focus on what you’re writing.
And of course, I’m always an email or a FB message away if any Ken-sized questions show up for you.
Thanks for making this a warm and welcoming place to share my writing life and thoughts. I wish you a fantastic New Year and a happy writing life!
Trailer Boy…riding into the Genreality Sunset. [Queue End Credits]