In early January, many bloggers posted their plans for the coming year. I’m just getting around to it now – that should tell you what kind of a year I’ve been having.
Here’s a list of things I hope to do in 2017. I’ll place a poll below, so you can tell me which ones actually sound interesting.
#1: Finish my magazine quest. I’ve read issues of 34 different SFF magazines, but I’ve only reviewed 20 of them so far.
#2: Endlessly analyze the results of my magazine quest until my follower count dwindles to zero.
#3: Complete rounds 2 and 3 of the magazine quest, where I read additional issues of the better magazines, and decide whether to subscribe.
#4: Compare anthologies to magazines. A lot of the anthologies I read are single-author, but for a more apples-to-apples comparison, I’ll be using multi-author anthologies. Suggestions are welcome.
#5: Read some ‘best of the year’ science-fiction collections. I’m starting by reading the same year’s collection from 3 or 4 groups that put these out (there’s less overlap than I would’ve thought). If I find one I like, I’ll either go backward in time year by year, or I may jump decade by decade to spot major changes over time.
#6: Review more novels. The magazine quest has been eating up a lot of my blogging time, so I have a backlog of novels to review.
#7: A series I’m tentatively calling “Reading Outside the Lines”. I read a large amount of non-fiction (primarily history and science) and SFF, but for this series, I’ll try mysteries and thrillers. I want to see if I can spot any tricks or tweaks that SFF authors could take advantage of, or any traps they should avoid like the plague.
#8: Search out new sub-genres of SFF. Any suggestions? Silkpunk? Flintlock Fantasy?
#9: Report many more rejection letters. As you may know, I’m trying to get a short story of my own published in a magazine. My first story was rejected twice, and I’ve decided I’d like to re-write two scenes, so it’s not on the market right now, but will be my first writing priority. A second, shorter, story is out at a long-response-time magazine at the moment. I have two other stories which are a bit short for the magazines, so I’ll expand them and get them out as my second writing project. After that, I’ll devote my writing time to two additional stories I’ve written detailed outlines for, but haven’t fleshed out. That will give me six stories making the rounds, and I’ll evaluate whether it’s an activity I want to continue.
#10: Finally devote some time to SFF podcasts.
#11: Continue to neglect movies and television as blogging topics. I would like to do a few more boardgame and computer game reviews, though.
Vote in the poll below, and leave me a comment, to let me know which of these things you’d like to see. Some of these things will probably go ahead regardless, as I’ve already put some work into them, but others could be put on the back burner if there’s enough disinterest.