The first is the Superhero Thing. My coauthor and I have agreed to a deadline of March 31st to have a draft we are willing to share with Agent Java* (oh yeah, that's the superhero/spy name I picked out for her. Because fun).
The other I'm going to call the Cliche Steampunk Fantasy Thing. When I decided to take it on, I gave myself a carte blanche to use as many tropes and genre stereotypes I darn well pleased. Special Snowflake "Chosen One" protagonist? Bring it on! Long lost royalty? Slap that crown on that girl's head! Mustache twirling bad guys who want All the Power? You bet.
My resolve was liberating. Because of all the relaxing and not worrying about whether or not it's going to get rejected for being "too much like X thing" I think it's turning into quite an enjoyable adventure in spite of itself. Besides, I never get tired of fantasy royals.
Now, "whip the manuscripts into shape" is all well and good, but I'm an accountant. I like to be able to, you know, count things. So I'm going to count hours. One hour per day, to be precise. 365 hours for the year. 365 hours of writing, editing, or blogging (though blogging is only allowed to be a lessor fraction of that time).
We'll see how it goes. I like trying new systems!
And there you have it. The annual game plan. Let's do this thing.