The arrival of a new year means new goals or hopes for the new year.
My first goal for 2017 is to finish revising and editing my novel. I started writing in 2015 and it has taken about a year and half to finish my first draft. The story is about a schizophrenic graduate student who is trying to get his PhD, but is derailed by two psychotic episodes. It mirrors my own life in a lot of ways. So far the revising/editing is going quite slowly. I also have times when I think the story wouldn’t work or it will get rejected. Nevertheless, I have to remind myself to think positively and plow through. I’m hoping to have a revised version for a friend to read to get her input and feedback by the end of the year.
In 2017, I hope to earn some income from my art work. Currently, I am able to produce one watercolour a week. I can also generate a few photos a week or every other week. The most important thing is that I have to find a way to market my work and start selling it. I know there are websites for selling art work, and that might be the likely way I will go. I could also build my own website to show and sell my art work, but of course that would mean I need to invest some money. I’m just anxious that I won’t be able to sell most of my work. Negativity aside, I guess it’s worth a try.
This year I would also like to learn and master Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. I will be taking some courses on Lynda.com that teaches these programs. The only problem is that I currently don’t have them installed on my laptop. To access them I would have to fork over about $600 a year. It’s a big investment, but I think it will probably be worth it in the end. I hope to use these software to enhance my photos and make digital art.
My final hope is to find another close friend in 2017. I really only have one friend that I socialize with. Having another good friend would be nice. Someone to go for coffee, lunch, or visit the gallery with. I’m not sure how I will meet this friend but I will keep looking.
It’s clear that the main theme of 2017 is art. I just hope that I will have success with creative writing, painting and photography in the new year. Here’s to creating!