I like short-term goals much more than long-term ones, but here goes just one this New Year's...
By this time next year, I'd like to have a polished draft of the novel I'm currently refining. Right now, I'm fixing some major plot holes and really tightening up the plot; the next draft will probably require a critical look at a more detailed level, going through sentence-by-sentence, and making sure the dialogue is just right.
I plan on accomplishing this by finishing up the current draft by the end of the summer, so that the plot pieces are more or less all in place. No big fat gaping plot holes.
Welcome to the world of mecks and mages, where an obsessive and odd young mage, nicknamed Sparko, stalks an aspiring athlete who, as it so happens, has a big wolfy secret that she is desperate to keep under wraps. Meanwhile Sparko and his unusual lightning obsession attract the interest of an idealistic extremist looking to shatter the divide between mecks and mages.
EDIT Will probably change Sparko's name to Sparks. Maybe? Anyhow, current draft was definitely not finished up by the end of the summer, but the world/character ideas have been fleshed out significantly. It was a busy summer! In the best possible ways. Fe