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On to the new year. 2011, here I come. I hope everyone had a great holiday season. I spent Christmas Day in Corales, New Mexico, with my family. It was good to see my son, Stephen, and his wife, April. I don’t get to see them as often as I’d like to. My son is a good guy. He has a great heart. I miss him when he is not here.

A few people were missing from the festivities of this holiday season. My daughter, Kyona Sky, lives in Northern New Mexico. She couldn’t make it, but she is never far from my thoughts.  One of my goals for next year is to have my two children in the same room with me at the same time.

So, with goals in mind, I wanted to share with you the goals I intend to accomplish in my writing career in the coming year.

I am currently in the last phases of completing Phillip’s Clown. The novel is written, edited for grammar, structure, pacing, and then edited again. I will be publishing and distributing the book through Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and a few other outlets. I am sending the manuscript to agents too. I once asked a movie producer about reading my book. I really tried to upsell him to consider the screenplay for Phillip’s Clown for production. He replied by telling me that my book could be the next War & Peace, that it may make a zillion dollars at the box office, but there was nothing he could do. Still growing a thicker skin at the time, I felt a bit dejected. I asked for his advice, and this is what he said: “Number One: Go out and get a camera.”

Dipping my toe into the film industry is a bit premature for the phase I am in with regard to my writing career. But, I want you to know that even though you may be turning the focus of your writing career toward ebooks, and riding the wave of self-publishing. I digress. Build that website. Stay on top of the social networking game. Keep sending your manuscripts to established literary agents and publishing firms. The masterpiece you worked so hard on demands and deserves nothing less. You owe it to yourself to give your novel a fighting chance.

I have a backlog of writing to publish in 2011. Phillip’s Clown is a prologue to a much longer work. The epic follow-up is titled Christina’s Castle. The writing is complete and the preliminary editing stages have begun. This is the work I am most proud of and can’t wait to focus all of my attention on that novel.

More short stories are to follow, as well as three screenplays I have transcribed from my novels and shorter works. One story involves an old World War II Australian fighter jet lost in the jungles of New Guinea, another is about a camping trip with a grandfather and his grandson, and the adventure they have fighting off a pure white mountain lion that runs on its hind legs, like a man…

I am currently working on a movie trailer for Phillip’s Clown. I’ll post it when it becomes available. I also want to discuss making a movie trailer for your own book,  how I did it, what software I used, images, music, etc…Once my trailer is finished, I’ll post that blog.

I am still so new to blogging. I’ll continue to sculpt my blog character, and the themes my character most likes to discuss. For now, I think I resemble a fresh block of wood, ready to be chiseled. So, here’s to a new year, filled with hope and promise. I heap upon you added success, and the motivation to seek that success.

So, until next time, do yourself a favor, and remember the number one goal: “Go out and get a camera!”

What are your writing goals for the new year?


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