It’s 2021 and it’s my first post for this newsletter. Thank you for signing up! I’m hoping this year will be kinder to us all.
Since we’re at the beginning of a year, I figured it’d be a good time to set some goals. I always enjoy having a few, even if I can’t fully meet all of them. It’s always good to have something to work towards.
This year, I’ve decided I want to place more emphasis on my music, as it’s something that in recent years has been pushed to the side a little too often than I’d like. That being said, I still have writing goals too!
Let’s get started.
Goals of 2021
Edit and revise book #3: This past year, I managed to complete a draft of my third book. I’m honestly very happy with the way it’s turned out, but nothing is ever truly done, and there’s still parts I want to tweak. Ideally, I want to have it prepared to be submitted to presses by the end of 2021.
Finish sheet music for a concept album: I’ve always wanted to do a concept album, and as a fan of musical theatre and songs that tell a story, I knew it was only a matter of time! In 2020, I came up with a concept and wrote the lyrics. Now, I need to notate the songs and arrange them for the ensemble I want. By 2022, I’d like to be able to organize recording it!
Release short film music: Over the last five or so years, I’ve been scoring short films! I’ve learned a lot about digital music production as I’ve gone along, and I’d love to revisit the tracks I’ve written for the screen, clean them up a little production-wise, and release them for download in one album.
Usually, I set a goal for writing a new novel draft, but I’ve decided to switch it up this year. Of course, I’m sure I’ll write something new now and again, but I really need to place my focus on finishing things for 2021! And I think a break from drafting might be nice. I’ve been doing a lot of it in recent years. I’m tired!
Music of the Month
Since I listen to a lot of music daily, I thought it would also be a nice monthly feature to share something I’ve been listening to recently.
Tim Baker - Forever Overhead: Tim Baker’s songs were often making appearances in my Spotify mixes, so I decided to check out the album where they were all coming from. Sometimes, that Spotify algorithm reads you right! I loved the production and lyrics of this album. My favourites are “Dance” and “Strange River.”
Let’s hope for a great 2021! While I’m sure it’ll still be a challenging year, I’m hopeful for a fresh start. I wish you all the best! Let’s see where the future takes us.