Goals for January 2017!

Writing Goals

After a disastrous December when it came to writing, I want to give my patrons (check out the Patreon page here) a proper short story for January. Besides the Patreon short story, I want to (at last…) finish “A Mask of Paper and Porcelain” so that I just need to edit it a bit and then it will be ready to submit for publication.copy-of-charms-of-life-and-death

The Jozi Flash 2017 is also still going strong and I need to have eight stories written by 31 January – bring on the pens and paper!

Besides these projects, I need to work on Charms of Life and Death’s draft. Let’s just say the time I thought I was going to have in December I did not have.

I also want to consistently blog (this means posting flash fiction, Folklore and Myth Thursday, Weekly Finds, etc.), as well as consistently blog over at Trebles On My Mind.

Finally I want to take part in at least one of the weekly flash fiction challenges (like Microcosms and Cracked Flash Fiction).

Reading Goals

This year I want to dig into the TBR pile I have at home instead of simply acquiring new books and adding to it. This includes not getting more audiobooks until I’ve finished all of mine. I went a bit berserk with audiobooks of some classics – and they are quite hefty tomes to listen to. Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens is something like 60 hours long!

First up on my pile I want to read is John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Terry Pratchett’s The Shepherd’s Crown. I actually received the latter a year ago *hangs head in shame*, but haven’t had the heart to read it yet; knowing that it’s the final one. When it comes to non-fiction, Geza Vermes’ The Story of the Scrolls: The Miraculous Discovery and True Significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls is first on my list.


Getting Back Into a Routine

Reaching all my goals this year will mostly mean getting back into a writing routine – something I had begun to neglect over the past few months. By setting up a routine (with enough time to rest as well) I should not be as overwhelmed as I was in November and December. Okay, December was mostly just a writing failure all around. I think my brain was just too tired to do much of anything.


By Carin Marais

Bibliophile, writer of speculative fiction, non-fiction, and maybe-fiction, language practitioner, doer of stuff.


  1. HI Carin, good to “meet” you! I know what you mean about December, my writing effort abated as well; holidays, family, commitments, etc. seemed to take up more time than I expected. Since you mentioned committing to reading again and Terry Pratchett in the same space, I wonder if you might enjoy “Mindscape” by Robert Sheckley. It’s a sort of spiritual predecessor to The Doug Adams “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” humorous and a bit absurdist but not in a confusing way. Also: since you are a fantasy writer, have you seen Karen Armstrong’s “A Short History of Myth”? She’s a scholar of religion; I was looking for more ways to bring myth into my work and this was a great resource for me. 🙂 – Thanks for visiting my blog, too! Keep us posted on your progress in January!


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