I wrote a few weeks ago how it was hard to let go of the Year of the Dragon and here I find myself almost a month into the new year hanging back on the welcome. Well here goes, welcome year of the water serpent!
Like the dragon, the serpent is not demonised in eastern traditions. The serpent is a goddess, heroine and healer in the ancient myths of China. The year of the Serpent is a powerful year for rebirth and transformation in all areas of life. I’m an Ox and the Serpent Year comes with auspicious tidings, melding effortlessly with what is set for the Sagittarius, Aries and Virgo triad in my chart.
My theme for this year is: consolidate.
A quick flick through the dictionary turns up the following definitions:
- to strengthen, solidify
- bring together separate parts into a single unified form
- to discard unused or unwanted items and organise the remaining
This year I’m setting aside business to concentrate on writing*. It’s time! The conversations I had in the lead up to the making this decision, and several things I’ve read since, all point to this being the right time (especially to bite the bullet and develop my idea for the sub-genre of birthpunk) to do so.
It’s the year to bring together all the skills, experience, lessons and connections I’ve made in the last five year and put them to work for me. Time to shed one skin and grow a new one.
Breaking Down Consolidation, The Year Ahead
Last year I just wanted to fall in love with writing. This year I want my writing to:
- continue to push boundaries
- reach a larger audience and,
- begin to reap financial rewards for the creative investments.
It’s where the early blush of romance gives way to the practicalities of sharing your life with someone, for life! Where you take stock of your individuals lives and see what needs to be done to bring those two lives together in a permanent way.
With this in mind I’m focusing on these key projects/areas:
- complete Post Marked: Piper’s Reach and do what is required to sub it to a publisher
- repackage ELYORA for submission to a new publisher, as well as develop a feature-length script for it.
- write the first draft of six interlocking #birthpunk novellas (aprox 180,000 words)
- write at least one short story a month (with a view to overseas submission)
- make one pro sale
- strengthen and extend my network (including keeping in regular contact with my close writing colleagues)
In addition to writing I have con and festival panels in April (IronFest and NatCon), I’m presenting an editing and critiquing IQ seminar in May, am listed as a mentor with the QWC and have a podcast with Devin Watson in the works.
The Year of the Serpent is a slower paced year and I can already feel it. The list of things I’m setting out to do may seem huge, but in comparison to other years, it feels rather short! There is less pressure, I’m not working for others, I’m working for myself.
I’m shedding the skin that helped to nurture and develop many new writers and launch and grow a publishing house. This new writerly skin feels a tight, but I’ll suck in my stomach and not fling my arms around too much…until it feels and moves like a second skin.
What skin are you willing to shed this year, so a new one may grow?
* eP will go into moth balls for between six and twelve months to undergo it’s own metamorphosis. More on the eP website shortly about this