2018: Aims for the Year

So, my five aims for 2018.

1. For 2018 To Not Be As Shit As 2017 Was

Hopefully that isn’t too hard, but politics isn’t really on my side there. As far as the personal side goes, ideally that won’t be getting any worse either. Fingers crossed.

2. Something Old

Aka, finish things! No Man’s Sky is waiting on two chapters, and No Man’s Dawn is waiting on its second half. Shadows is waiting on a rewrite. I need to get stuck into that.

As a subset of that…

  • My Dresden Files fanfic. This one’s a bit more difficult, but I think I’ve kinda reached the point where I’d like to do something with it. I’m going to investigate fanfic sites and maybe look into putting it on here.
  • Madcap Library. A friend recently reminded me about it; was I going to do anything about it? Well…maybe I should. So that’s underway as a self-publishing project.

3. Something New

Aka. get on with the writing! This might be 1920’s Necromancy, or The Thief and The Seer, or…something else. I don’t know. Adrian’s told me I have to start writing The Necromancer’s Charm on the 1st January, but that is founded on getting the damn voice right!

4. Improve Me

At the moment that consists of doing yoga, drinking more, and generally trying to be a bit more healthy. I’m also considering learning something…I did try to continue my French but got fed up of Duolingo being inconsistent. I might try to do some certificates in stuff. We’ll see. Also…

  • Don’t Be A Hermit. As I work at home, I am tugging at the edges of anxiety and becoming a recluse, so I am pushing myself to get out more. Writing groups, old friends, new friends, gaming, events, conventions…I need to do things, even if it scares me.

5. Read More

I JOINED THE LIBRARY AND THEY HAVE ALL THE BOOKS. I may have maxed out my loans for several weeks running, so…long may that continue, I guess? I’ve still got a large reading pile (as always) so that’s ongoing too.

That said, I’m not going officially do the Discoverability Challenge; I want to continue with more women writers, but I’m struggling with reading (and doing a lot of my own research) so I don’t want to commit to something I might not do.


So! They’re aims, at least. Let’s be honest, most days my aims consist of “get out of bed” with an advanced aim of “get out of the house”, so…well, let’s aim high. If nothing else, I’ll land amongst the stars.

Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at writingandcoe.co.uk. When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.