So I guess today officially starts year two of my five-year mission. I had a plan when I started this blog. I wanted to develop my name as a writer. I wanted to write as much as I could over a five-year period with the goal to have some of my work published at the end of the five years.
Here is how I made out so far.
1) My Blog
My blog is going strong. I have maintained my posting schedule and have gotten a fair amount of comments and traffic. My blog isn’t blazing up the Internet. It isn’t a super popular site but that wasn’t my goal. I just wanted to have a vehicle to write and develop an audience. I think I have done that. It doesn’t need to be huge.
2) A Screenplay
I wrote a screenplay entitled Stealth about a young college kid who gets into some trouble when he decides to paint a tribute to his mom on the side of a store. I would love to see it produced someday. I am proud of this story.
3) A Verse Novel
I also wrote a 24,000-word verse novel entitled After the Fact. It is about a man who has a hard time getting over the demise of his relationship. I really like how this one turned out and have had a few positive responses from some family and friends who have read it.
4) A Young Adult Novel
I then wrote a young adult novel entitled 4 Wheels and a Piece of Maple. It is about an aboriginal boy in a Northern Ontario reserve who wants to become a professional skateboarder. He has many challenges to overcome, mainly the fact that there is no pavement on his reserve. He works hard and doesn’t give up and starts a movement that extends well beyond his small community.
5) I am currently working on my most ambitious project to date. It is a novel about a wanderer and I am currently about half way through it. I have written 130 pages and it is about 47,000 words long so far. This story is a bit of a challenge to write. I don’t want to get into any story details about it. I’m keeping that close to my chest for now.
It has been an amazing year. I surprised myself with how much I have accomplished. I am hoping that I will be able to get something published soon. This summer, I am going to look into publishing more seriously. So far, I have just been enjoying the writing. I already have an idea for my next book too. I think I can fairly call myself a writer now. I’m glad that I found this outlet.