I turned 28 today.
When I turned 27, I had a full-time job. Now I work from home as a self-published author and an independent filmmaker.
When I turned 27, I had published 6 books. Now I’ve published 28.
When I turned 27, I did not run a podcasts. Now I run two a week, and I used to have a third one before my co-host had to bow out.
When I turned 27, I had two kids. Now I have three.
A lot can happen in a year.
A lot happened this year.
A lot more is going to happen in the next year.
What are my goals for this year of my life?
- Publish books 3, 4, 5 and 6 in the Realm Keepers series — a series that hadn’t even been conceptualized when I turned 27. (Bear in mind, that’s not just four books — it’s four volumes, consisting of 28 books total)
- Publish my first short story anthology with some of my favorite fellow writers, called Layers
- Publish my first literary fiction novel, Rebel Yell. There’s an awesome update on that book coming in my next Rebel Alert. You should really go sign up for it.
- Publish my first space opera science fiction novel, Vagrant
- Publish Ninjabread Man 2 and Ninjabread Man 3, plus a whole host of other novellas in the “Epic Fairy Tales” book series.
- Direct my first feature film, Touch, based on the first novella trilogy I ever published.
That’s a lot of stuff. But I think I can do it.
There are other things I’ll do. I’ll keep being the best father and husband I can be. But that’s not a “doable” target, that’s something you maintain.
I want to travel again this year. It’s been more than a year since I last left the country. I want to go back to New Zealand. I want to visit the UK for the first time — where apparently, a crap-ton of new people are reading Realm Keepers.
But if I don’t get to travel, I suppose that’s all right. My art is what’s really important to me right now. I have a long life ahead of me, and plenty of time left to travel. Plenty of time, too, to do it when my kids are old enough to appreciate the experience.
But with all of these goals, there’s a caveat. They could change in an instant. Something new could come up, some opportunity, some idea. Maybe the books that I’ve recently published in India will take off, and I’ll begin focusing more of my attention on that country. I can’t even imagine a trip to India in the next year, but I suppose it’s possible. It would be great.
Then, too, my relationship with We Make Movies and their relationship with YouTube and the Microsoft Surface are growing stronger every day. Maybe my film and video projects will get more traction. If so, that might force a greater division of my attention between writing and film.
That’s life. You make grand plans. Sometimes they go well, sometimes they go poorly. Sometimes something else comes along, and you have to seize it. Sometimes your long-term goal no longer seems so appealing, and you decide to focus on something else.
Whatever the next year looks like, I know it looks better than the year before, because that was better than the year before that, and so on and so forth.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Keep getting better. If you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse. I’m so thankful that I’m in the first category.
Things are only getting better and better. I have YOU to blame for that. Thank you. I’m thankful for you.
I’m thankful for my family, for my wife and my kids.
I’m thankful for my friends, who put up with the fact that I don’t often do parties and can’t go snowboarding with them as often as I’d like.
I’m thankful for my readers and the people who watch my vlogs and the people who listen to my podcasts.
I’m so, so thankful to all of you.
YOU are my birthday present, now more than a year in the making. And you are the best present anybody could ask for.