Challenge #14 – five year plan

For the final post of the challenge,  I’m to write about anything at all. So here it is. My five year plan.

Okay, I don’t really have a five year plan. What I do have are dreams, goals, and hopes. Not necessarily in that order. Here are five things I’d like to accomplish in the next five years.

Find a new job. I am in a weird place with my job right now, and I’m in the process of finding another. Desk work can be rewarding in some ways, but mostly not, and I’m ready for a change. Maybe just another desk job, maybe not. This is more of a three month plan, because I’d like to have a new job by the fall.

Continue publishing, at least one novel per year and one short story per quarter (excluding the quarter in which a novel is published). This involves high volume output and will require dedication, but I think I can do it, with some determination. Right now I’ve kept this level of output up, having published Falling Apart in the first quarter, Nurse’s Orders in the second (due out on Friday!), and Another Shot is my latest story to be sold, which will come out in the third quarter. I haven’t decided how I’m going to publish in the last quarter. I have a holiday sequel to Falling Apart in the works, but it’s in the very, very rough stages (it’s currently terrible), or whether I’ll shelf it for a while and work on a holiday story apart from that. In a perfect world, I’d be bringing in a substantial income from my writing by then, but if I just keep publishing, I’ll be happy.

Release a print or audio version of my novel length works. This one is pretty straightforward. I’d like to offer audio just for fun, and print because I’d like to have print copies of my books living on my shelves. I still own my print and audio rights, but I’m not sure what the rules are, exactly, so this one may not happen.

Change my living situation. We have a great house, but it’s small, and I’d like to look at adding a bathroom and a bedroom (or, dare to dream, a second floor), or possibly selling and moving, depending on where my next job takes us. We already live in a tiny town, so we wouldn’t move any further from civilization, but maybe we’d move back to the city, where our hearts are.

Finish my tattoo collection. I currently have five, with at least four more planned. I anticipate having those four completed in the next five years (or even the next two years), and by the time I’m in my late thirties, I’d like to be done collecting my art.

And as a bonus, because #3 is tentative, go back to graduate school. I’d really like to get a new degree and put it to use in an entirely new field. I’d like to work on becoming a therapist. I want to help people.

So that’s it. That’s my five year plan. Do you have any long-term goals you’d like to share?

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