Looking Backward and Forward

Typewriter New Year's

Here I am at the end of another year. I have been in this position many times, looking back over the past twelve months, wondering where the time went and whether I had accomplished anything as a writer, only to find the fruits of my labors in scrap piles and aborted notebooks instead of before the world. But this year something happened. I started a blog, participated in the Mormon Lit Blitz and placed among the semi-finalists, published my Hmong-themed short story “Cocked” as an ebook, saw my short story “Moving On” published by Dialogue: a Journal of Mormon Thought, and finished a very rough draft of my wife’s memoir that I’m helping her write for my National Novel Writing Month (#NaNoWriMo) entry. I look forward to the new year. I hope to continue pursuing my goals as a writer of fiction that explores the human condition.

The Blog

During 2014, my posts on the blog were random as to regularity and content. I hope to post more according to a schedule in 2015, posting at least once a week. I also want to focus the content of my blog posts more to reflect the type of writer I am (or ultimately want to be) and to attract the literary audience I think will appreciate what I am trying to do. Accordingly, you will see some changes on the website and blog as I try to “find myself” in this new year.

In some ways, I may have thrown the marketing cart before the work horse in starting my blog when I did. I am only beginning to publish my work, and since I’m intent upon self-publishing most of my work, I saw the need to create a web presence for myself. So, to justify this move better, here are my blogging goals for 2015:

  • Provide regular updates regarding my works in progress
  • Post flash fiction pieces, book reviews, and existential thoughts
  • Offer some occasional writing advice

The Future

I have several short story projects in the works that I hope to bring to fruition in 2015. I will also continue to work on my novel, No Sacred Grove, and complete a draft of it, early in the year I hope. My wife and I will edit the chaos that is the current state of her memoir and flesh out the details of her story better. I may also be able to fit in a draft of my other novel-in-progress, Lonesome Moth After Rain, before the year’s end. I’m the kind of writer who likes to work on more than one project at a time. It’s crazy, I know.

What are your writing goals for the year?

Here’s to a wonderful and productive New Year for all the writers out there! Cheers! May you find success as you define it! Happy New Year 2015!

Read, write, publish!

Author: Michael Andrew Ellis

I write literary fiction at the confluence of Mormonism, Hmong culture, and the human condition. Here on my blog I write about Mormon arts and letters, Hmong history and culture, classic and contemporary literature, existentialism, and my journey as a writer.

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