To that end, I will be participating in National Novel Writing Year (www.wriye.co.nr). Since it started, they have dropped the national as it is more like international and also dropped the novel since people are interested in writing all sorts of things. So, you set a goal and work on it throughout the year. I will be working on a series of short stories and engineering/project management papers. I have no idea just yet what my word count goal will be for the year, but I will not be waiting until next year to start as I've already got plenty of ideas.
And just to give you a bit of visual stimulation, I am including a picture of my niece and nephew who I adore greatly when they are not being bratty as both are prone to being at times. :) She is 17 and he is 1. Also by different siblings.