Here are my resolutions this year. Lots of them! I break it down into Fiction (for my novel writing), Non-fiction (for my tech ed writing), and Blogs (for my four blogs):
- Publish To Hunt a Sub. This thriller series uses science to drive the plot. The science is current, not futuristic, with extrapolations on what can be accomplished. The characters are damaged, flawed, and heroic. The plot is fast-paced, non-stop, with enough introspection to make the characters likeable. At one point almost ten years ago, I called this book completed. Now, I’m glad I took a second look. I like it much better. I’ll continue giving you updates over the next few months with a tentative plan to get it out before summer. Right now, full mss is out to a few agents, and I have a pro editing it for me.
- Rework the sequel to To Hunt a Sub—Twenty-Four Days so I can publish it in 2017. This is the second in the series. This, too, I called completed at one point. Then I edited and called it completed. Then my agent offered advice, I made changes and called it completed. Yikes! Once To Hunt a Sub is launched, I’ll go through it, fix problems, and pub! I need to move on. I won’t finish it this year, but I’ll get started, with a planned publication date of mid-next year.
- I continue to work on my passion, Lucy: Story of Man. This is the history of man’s survival when Nature was king, as told through the eyes of two early humans. We follow them through volcanoes, predation, surviving attacks from both animal and other hominids, and trying to find somewhere that allows them to not just survive, but thrive. I am working on this sporadically. I don’t plan to focus on it until 2017.
- Update one of my tech-in-ed books–not sure which at this point.
- Update my K-8 technology curriculum. This won’t be out until sometime in 2016.
- Continue working on my webinars for teachers addressing a tech-infused classroom.
- Continue publishing 3-5 articles a week on each of my core blogs Ask a Tech Teacher, WordDreams (this blog), and USNA or Bust!
- Expand the reach of my blogs. What worked well for me in the past is:
- link back to blogs that address the same topic I’m writing about. You may have noticed that I often include websites that let you dig deeper into a topic. Not only does it provide more information for readers, I often find myself enriched by what I uncover as I’m coming up with just the right links
- visit blogs that cover my topics. I do this already–love doing it–and will continue
- Find guest bloggers for my blogs. I’ve reached out a bit, but not enough. My readers would benefit from other opinions.
What are your resolutions? What are you doing I should be? I want to learn from you.
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her book at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.