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Craig Nybo, New Year's Resolutions

The end of the year is upon us. I swear, the older I get, the more it seems like years fly by like long weekends. Time is relative and for me it strikes and is gone like lightning. With a new year, it is essential to set new goals, to write them out and put together a plan to accomplish them. I plan to do so, partially in this article. I urge you to do the same.

My year in review for 2014
I published 3 novels, Small Town Monsters, Bieber’s Finger, and Funk Toast and the Pan-Galactic Prom Show. I also released one album, Zombie Sing-a-long: Whistler and the Children (Part 2). I am satisfied with my creative output for the year.

What is in store for 2015?
I committed to myself a few years ago that once I started releasing music and novels, I would not fail to release at least 1 novel and 1 album every year. I plan to continue this pattern for 2014, plus some.

2015 in Writing
I have been compiling a collection of short stories I have written over the years. Finally, I have decided to put them all between one set of covers and release it as a single volume. It will be entitled, Terrifying Lies. I have several stories in various states of completion. I plan, for the first part of the year to complete final drafts of these stories and get them out as a single volume before the end of Q2, 2015.

Out of the five first drafts of novels in my backlog, there are two that I think might be worthy of pushing through the necessary multi-draft process for commercial release. I have selected one of these stories. It is a ghost story inspired by the old Kolchak: The Night Stalker series. I have entitled it Revenant (at least for now). As soon as I finish Terrifying lies, Revenant will become my central writing focus. I will finish this novel by the end of 2015.

2015 in Music
For me, the zombie thing is over. Zombie Sing-a-long was fun, but it ran a bit beyond its course for my tastes. I’m proud of it, but I need a break from the dramatic concept album thing.

I have been working on a set of songs with 2 friends of mine–Rick Nef (sax), and Keith Moon (drums). These experimental songs feature nothing more than drums, bass, sax, and vocals. It has been fun composing with the limitation of 3 instruments that do not as a rule play chords.

We have written a set of 10 songs. We plan to release them as an album entitled Mighty in 2015. I feel a little vulnerable with the release of Mighty. I have always hidden behind fiction and fantasy. This time, I plan to put my own voice down in song. Although I feel a bit awkward about speaking out on a few social issues, I am proud of the grooves on the album. Mighty’s songs are like nothing I have ever composed.

I have begun composing music for the next live event for The Gangrene Band (Wasasquatch, Funk Toast, Sparkling Planet, and Rustmonster are a few former personas of The Gangrene Band). We will be performing at The Gangrene Film Festival in late August. I am always thrilled to collaborate with my brothers-in-arms in music. We have compiled a wonderful set of inspirational tracks to draft from, some of the artists: Tom Waits, Joey Baron, Kurt Weill. We are planning a rocking stage show and an accompanying album. We feel this new music most closely relates to Rustmonster’s sound, so we will be bringing this persona of the Gangrene Band back to life with a facelift and an updated voice.

The sum of all creative goals
I have said for a long time: never speak about your creative projects unless they are well underway; otherwise you become nothing more than a big talker. With that in mind, I formally announce and commit to completing the following projects in 2015:

Books:
Terrifying Lies: A Compilation of Short Stories.
Revenant: a Novel

Music:
Nybo, Nef, and Moon: Mighty
Rustmonster: Full Steam (Working Title)

I urge you to make your 2015 goals now. Write them down and make a plan. I know you can finish something great within next year’s bookends. And when you finish your great work, make sure you show it to me. I’d love to see it.

—craig nybo


Craig Nybo
Craig Nybo

Craig Nybo writes novels, screenplays, and short stories. He also composes and records music. Craig lives in Kaysville, Utah with his lovely wife and children.

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