2019 Writing & Reading Goals

Welcome to the New Year everyone! With the beginning of a new year, it’s time to start planning ahead for what we hope to accomplish in 2019. 2018, as was the case for most of us, was a year full of turmoil and heartache. While there are no guarantees that the year ahead will be better, we can only hope. As an author and blogger, I have been planning out what I hope to accomplish in the coming year. That’s why I’m going to publicly outline my goals for 2019.

Build Website

I hope to continue building my website that you guys are currently visiting. While I want to get more viewers and followers, my ultimate goal is to provide more exposure for other authors, review and preview amazing books coming in 2019, and meet some new and amazing friends in the author community. 

Read 150 Books Or More

I will make this public on Goodreads as well, but I more than surpassed my goal of books read in 2018, and so I want to challenge myself to read 150 books or more in the coming year.

Enter 2-4 Writing Contests

Writing is going to become much more frequent and a part of my life. In 2018 my own personal writing took a step back. Between my day job becoming much more frequent and a priority, building my website and taking on more responsibilities in my personal life, my writing fell to the wayside. I did publish a short novella and began working on the third novella in that series. I also wrote the fourth book in my Nightmare Wars series. However most of that writing has fallen to the wayside, not edited or reworked or even getting a second draft. 

That’s why in the coming year, I want to further my writing goals and enter at least 2-4 writing contests. This will give me the motivation not only to write, but edit and rewrite these stories and put them out there for others to see and judge. 

Submit 2-4 Stories For Anthologies

Similar to the contests, I want to submit 2-4 stories for anthologies. I get notices all the time for publications putting anthologies together and I’d love to collaborate and work with other authors in this way. 

Edit 1-2 Books Previously Published

One thing that I’ve learned in my years as a writer and blogger/reviewer is that there is always room for improvement and more lessons to be learned. When I was first starting out, I definitely failed to edit and flesh out the stories I wrote as a young writer. I want to take some of the stories I still love that I published prematurely in my writing career, and go back and fix them. I want to bring the stories to life and edit them so that readers will appreciate them more the way that I do.

Write 1-2 Novels

I have so many series in the works and so many stories floating around in my mind, that it’s time to put some of them down to paper (or a computer screen). I hope to write at least 1-2 novels in the coming year. 

Write 2-4 Short Stories

In addition to the 1-2 novels, I hope to write 2-4 short stories (not including the contests or anthologies I plan to write stories for). 

Adapt First Graphic Novel

I would love to adapt one of my novels into a graphic novel. I plan to study and learn how to write a graphic novel, and hopefully will find an artist who is willing to collaborate on the project.

Research, Investigate and Write Book On Southern California Haunting Claims

This is a passion project I hope to pursue in the coming year. My mom and I are deeply passionate about the paranormal, more specifically finding the right science behind the paranormal (we are not religious and believe there is a science that has yet to be discovered in regards to the “spirit”). One thing we have dreamed of is going to places around the world, investigating and writing about what we found/discovered. Our goal in 2019 is to try and do this by writing our first book together on local haunts in the Southern California area. 

Monthly Vlogs on Author Anthony Avina Channel

This is not specifically a writing goal, but it is related. I used to have a vlog channel called Avina Vlogs, but after all of the turmoil and changes to YouTube, I left it behind. However I loved making videos, and want to do it again. So not only will I be filming and uploading a video each month to my new YouTube channel, Author Anthony Avina, but I will be uploading them to Facebook, Instagram and hopefully my website as well. I’m doing monthly vlogs as I have a full schedule and filming daily is not an option at this time. I may look into restarting my podcast again or creating a new one, but that is not confirmed at this time.

What are your writing goals in 2019? Any books you hope to tackle in the coming year? Leave your comments below, and to keep up on whether or not I hit my goals, be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and here as I post my progress.

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MOM | Her Voice Is My Voice

MOM | Her Voice Is My Voice

Hello everyone. You guys have been watching me on YouTube and reading my blog posts as I document my life as an author, whether that’s through daily vlogs, tag videos, short films or my semi-weekly writing podcasts.

In honor of International Women’s Day, I wanted to make this video/blog post.

My writing, my journey, and my voice are not just my voice. My voice comes from the strongest, most loving woman I know: my mom.

I know to some out there this will be seen as either corny or childish, but I think a big part of life should be honoring and cherishing those closest to you, whether that’s a parent or a friend or a significant other. I have an incredible mother who has supported me my entire life and whose strength gives me the courage to pursue my dreams. She has risen above hardships and struggles galore to pursue her own dreams, and despite impossible odds she goes out and does the things she’s most passionate about.

My mother has struggled with disabilities her whole life. I do not want to get into detail how many illnesses she suffers from but suffice it to say she lives with pain every moment of every day. I know because I have inherited several diseases genetically from her, and can feel some of the pain she feels. It breaks my heart to see her like that.

However I am encouraged and overjoyed to see her push herself day in and day out. Not only has she taken on the mantle of caring for our family, who struggles with our own health daily, but she has pursued her passion for photography. In just a few short years she has become one of the most amazing photographers I’ve ever seen, dedicating herself to learning camera techniques and editing lessons to make her photos truly beautiful.

My mother has taken this passion of hers and has begun to build a family photography business, teaching us photo techniques and even inspiring me to want to learn more about videography and improve my video shooting style. Despite the pain she pursues this passion with a zeal and confidence that inspires me to pursue my own dreams. More than anything, I see the joy and happiness it brings her, and when I see her smile as she is on a shoot, I know that because of her example, I can find that happiness as well.

My mother is not just one of the most inspiring women I know, but one of the most inspiring human beings I’ve ever met. Through her, she has shown me a life where I am free to make my own decisions, and has given me the tools to become a better human being. My passion for equality in all things, whether it’s race, gender or sexual identity, comes from her. My passion for creativity through books comes from her. My sense of
humor and belief in hope and romance comes from her. My voice is her voice, and her voice is my voice. I am me because she is my mom. Mom, I love you. Thank you for being the influence I need in my life.

Thank you guys for checking out this post. In honor of International Women’s Day, tell me about a woman who inspires you. Leave your comments down below. If you enjoyed this blog post I hope you will follow/subscribe to my blog and follow me on my journey. I will also include the link to my new video on my YouTube channel, Avina Vlogs, and if you guys enjoy it I hope you will subscribe to my channel as well. Your support means the world to me everyone. Thank you to all of the amazing, strong and inspirational women in the world who make me want to be a better person. Especially to my amazing mother.

 

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