2018: Back from hiatus – Back to the grind

Back from holiday, it is time to get serious for 2018.

Writing-wise, I feel it was a good year. Though, the number of individual works published was low this year, I did manage to publish my first book, Medusa (you can see it here: http://www.politics-prose.com/book/978162429127 ) and a second book –Love Departing–was a finalist in Local Gems Press’ NaPoWriMo contest and will be out in 2018. A third book, “Weathered Fragments,” should be out by April 2018.

What will 2018 bring? I have made my goals for 2018. If you are serious about writing, you know you have to make these tangible goals. Last year, I said I wanted two books published, and I am proud to say, I have done it. However, it all started with a goal.

Got yours? Join me!

Writing highlights for 2017:

Medusa, The Lost Daughter – first poetry collection published, based on the Medusa myth
Love Departing – poetry chapbook – finalist for NaPoWriMo contest
Weathered Fragments – poetry collection –  due out by April 2018
9 individual poems published – this is less than half of the previous year’s output, but this year I focused on publishing my first collection.

Goals for 2018:
*Focus on fiction. I would like to complete the draft to my incomplete novel (tentatively titled) The Fleeting Lights. Ready it for publication.
*Finish Medusa part 2. I have 3 parts planned in that poetry collection.
*Publish 10 individual pieces, whether they are fiction, nonfiction or poetry.
*Create 30 new poems over the year. Start one large prose project.

Sounds like a lot, but I do believe it is feasible.

Wish me luck! Have goals you are setting? Best of luck to you, too, in 2018!

Have a wonderfully productive year!


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That is almost a $1 off the list price and free shipping! Hurry! This deal will last only to the 30th! Email jennsmithak @ gmail.com for more details.

Thank you, everyone, for joining in on my journey! Part two is being written now!

Excerpt: Medusa – The Lost Daughter

From “The Gatekeeper”

The gatekeeper revels in the power
of denial, deciding who’s worthy
and who is not. The lack of entry quells
the voice of the powerless and those who
lack the proper keys.

Medusa is available for purchase at Politics and Prose at http://www.politics-prose.com/book/9781624291272