I'm excited about this spring because I'm moving ahead with some important goals. First of all, I've started submitting my novel, Purple Loosestrife, to agents and publishers. It's an arduous and often quite disheartening process, but no one is going to come knocking on my door asking me if I've written a novel, so it's up to me to get it out there and see where it goes.
I'm also continuing to write and submit short stories for possible publication. I've got a few out there right now that I'm waiting to hear about.
And then there's my next novel, which I'm going to start planning and writing this year. I know the general plot and feel slightly familiar with the two main characters. I have to do some significant research for this novel into drugs and drug addiction, so that will take some time. I also have to get to know the characters much better so that I can flesh out their story in notes and then begin writing it. I'm excited about this novel! I think it's going to be challenging yet very fulfilling to write.
Further, I have to continue to work on my memoir about my experiences with bipolar disorder. This is tough going, and it's not moving along quickly, but I want to be like the little engine that could and keep chugging along on it. It's cathartic and satisfying to get it out, albeit hard, and I don't know where it will go when it's finished. Publication would be great, but even if I just write if for myself and those close to me, I'll feel happy.
Finally, I have a novella idea floating around in my head that I think I should write. It shouldn't take too long to do, and once it's done, I'll have to see where it goes as far as possible publication.
I'm in a good place right now to dig into my goals. I'm just coming out of a bipolar mixed episode that I (and my doctor) believe was related to some changes in my meds. But with further tweaking of my meds, I'm feeling a lot better. I'm feeling ready and able to take on what I want to do.