I'm Abe Wolfgang, an Electrical Engineer, writer, Father, husband, and full-time lover of story. I blog about those stories, how they impact us as humans, and why they are important. Occasionally I write my own as well.

Looking Forward

Looking Forward

This will be my obligatory end-of-the-year post. I don't know why I feel compelled to write this, but I do. Maybe it has to do with my coming to terms with how powerful goals really are. This will be a bit bland compared to my other posts, fair warning, but if you are interested in what I am looking forward to next year (in regards to this blog and my writing), read on.

I have begun to realize that I can accomplish a lot when I have a plan, and surprisingly little when I do not. Therefore, this will not only be a forward-looking post, but also a look back at where I was one year ago today.

Looking Back:

Over the last year I have definitely moved forward with this writing thing. I know that what I have done is not much, but compared to what I was doing in 2012 I have really taken off. The highlights for the year would be:

  1. Started this blog (and haven't given up yet)
  2. Wrote 4 short stories (started and abandoned a few more than that)
  3. Nearly finished a new novel
  4. Secured a few rejections for a short story that I am still attempting to find an outlet for

Aside from writing, I was able to do a few more cool things this year:

  • Took a 3-month trip to Australia for work
  • Got a few raises and a decent bonus
  • Took a few trips to visit family in various parts of the country
  • Watched my son learn how to crawl, then walk, then talk

Looking Forward

For next year, I want to build on the momentum I have started with my writing. I'm not quitting my job, I'm not throwing everything in to this, but I do enjoy it and want to see how far I can take it. So as far as my writing is concerned, 2014 shall see:

  1. My completed novel (the one I have nearly finished) in rough draft, then run through a first major edit.
  2. At least one published short story
  3. Write six new short stories
  4. Write a little bit every single day, and set up a system to keep track of that writing
  5. Outline my new novel idea

I also have written down goals for other areas of my life (personal, career, health, etc.) but would rather not post those here. It may look cliche', but to summarize a few of them:

  • Being more intentional about my marriage
  • Exercising more consistently
  • Being more intentional about fellowship with friends
  • Widening my reading

I am honestly really excited about what this next year is going to bring. There are changes, new experiences, and deeper relationships to explore. I hope that your new year will be just as exciting!

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