Jan. 10, 2016. [cont'd from Jan 9] I tend to shy away from specific yearly goals. Plans are good but, in my sixties, I also give myself permission to follow shiny objects. However, this year a few projects seem obvious to tackle.
Publish more fiction. The more I'm "out there," the more likely my other two works of fiction will be discovered (and I myself will take the whole business more seriously). I've wracked my brain over series and short fiction without a good direction. However, I do have an additional unpublished work worth polishing up and getting out on ebook, if not print. So, THE UNDERGROUND ATHLETIC CLUB is being revised.
Publish more memoir. This is partly shiny object (dazzled by Mary Karr's ART OF MEMOIR) and partly unfinished business. I always thought our 1992 trippy trip through Central Asia would make a good traveler's tale, but never found the right angle. So that manuscript is also on the revision pile.
Publish more on Mad In Pursuit. Blogs are so 2014, but my website can and should serve a few purposes: a place to post "first drafts" of ideas to be developed, a marketing platform for the books, and a way to share my methods/madness with likeminded souls. So more posts, with more connections out to Twitter, Facebook page, and other social venues.
Marketing. Oy. No need for book signings and interview tours. My ambition extends to regular promotions on Amazon and accompanying Facebook page promotions. That has shown results, but I need to make the process systematic. The result: sales.
The "Red" Project. I have been working on this "magic cape" quilt for over a year now. It needs to be done. I also need to go through the exercise of deciding if I can enter it into a quilt show.
More stitching and textile projects. Very eager to do more with textiles... dyeing, stitching, dollmaking...
Collectibles sales. A few more collections must find new owners. Someone is interested in Jim's Civil War letters, but I made a commitment to transcribed them and make them available to possible descendants. So that project will need to be done before we sell them.
I suspect this list is too much, but it provides a roadmap and an incentive to Get Things Done..
Next: Exploration Mode>>>
THE SUDDEN SILENCE: A Tale of Suspense and Found Treasure (2015) Thailand: lovers of ancient treasure tangle with international black markets. Delia Rivera pulls Martin Moon back into the game and their quest turns deadly. In paperback and Kindle editions.
TRIBE OF THE BREAKAWAY BEADS: Book of Exits and Fresh Starts (2011) Time after time, Mary asks herself: Do I go or do I stay? She finds her power in her ancestors: Smart women turn discontent into action. An illustrated memoir in paperback and Kindle editions.
PASSION AND PERIL ON THE SILK ROAD: A Thriller in Pakistan and China (2008) The twin forces of revenge and redemption drive Nellie MacKenzie and Taylor Jackson on a crazed adventure into the heart of Central Asia. They grapple with issues of ethics, trust, rage, and bitter heartbreak -- as well as the intrigue of the international antiquities trade. In paperback and Kindle editions.
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