New Year

You know, I have yet to make the error of entering 2015 instead of 2016 when writing a check but then it’s only January 4th so I have plenty of time.

As long as we’re on the subject of 2016 (great segue, eh?), I’ve been getting some emails from websites I subscribe to about goals for 2016 so I thought I should give it a try. That way I can give you an idea of what writing projects I’m working on so you’ll hang around to watch me struggle.

Goal one is to write more blog posts, at least once a month. But I’m told by experts that to have a successful blog and/or author following I should be posting once a week. Screw them. I don’t want to be successful, I just want to write. To self: “I would classify blog posts as writing, wouldn’t you?” Answer to self: “Yeah, and elves have strange powers, so screw you.”

And speaking of writing, I’ve got several writing goals for 2016 that I’m very serious about. Here they are:

Write more blog posts.

The first draft of my novella, App-Jacker Chronicles, Episode 2 (my comedy SciFi series about a malcontent who wanders the Galaxy hunting for Bio-Apps to fatten his wallet) titled ‘Rusty Zipper’ is finished and I’m a little over half way through editing. Get it done and out the door the first quarter of 2016.

Finish the first draft of App-Jacker Episode 3, working title, ‘Sparkle’ by end of year. I never said I was fast.

Do final edits on my SciFi dramatic short story ‘Ascension’ and publish by second quarter. In this one, humanity is prevented from traveling outside the solar system by a godlike species but help comes from a completely unexpected source.

A big project I want to push myself to complete by the end of the year is my SciFi-Fantasy novel called ‘Box In The House’. This one is hard to describe but let’s just say it’s like Stephen King’s ‘The Dome’ meets the Coen brothers ‘Fargo’. No, it’s not a comedy, but like Fargo, has some dark comedy elements.

Finally I want to gather my courage and fortitude to write a nonfiction essay titled ‘Oneness’. It’s a theory I’ve developed over the past several years that borders on the spiritual but from a completely scientific point of view.


About Richard Murray

I've been interested in astrophotography for some time now and more recently began writing science fiction. Half a million words plus later, I continue to write every day. I share some of the things I learned along the way as well as some of my writing, plus an occasional astrophoto I’ve taken just for fun on my blog site Fictional Astronomer at .
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