Same Thing Made New

I am a sucker for New Year Resolutions. I can’t help it! The feeling of rebirth, the excitement and melancholy of the holidays being in the past but the future being within my grasp! The desire to make of myself a better person!

I don’t reserve resolutions for January, and tend to make them through the year as they are called for. Last year I threw a few into the middle of the year that worked (reduced soda intake, floss regularly) as well as several that didn’t (start regular workout schedule, keep up with filing stuff).  I bet I even have a 2013 New Years resolution post… let me see… HA I TOTALLY DID ONE. Do I know myself or what? Here’s the general gist of the 2013 list:

  1. No, seriously, read more. – I will be striving again for a minimum of 52 books read this year.  This Christmas I was fortunate enough to be given a Kindle, so I really have no excuse not to literally have a selection of books to read in my hand at any given moment.  If you’d like, you can friend me on Goodreads at the username “Muchandquick”.
  2. Participate in W1S1. to increase short story production. – There is a nifty new widget-thing on my site that leads to information about “W1S1″, which is short for “write one, sub one”.  Participants agree that they will complete a short story AND submit a short story on an either weekly or monthly basis, no excuses.  The W1S1 front page has the quote,
    “An improvement on NaNoWriMo for serious writers.”
    Jonathan Laden, Daily Science Fiction
    Which sounds pretty good to me.  It is an on-your-merit venture, where your reward in successfully participating is to reap a more productive writing schedule.  I think it sounds like fun, and I know that I perform much better when I have an established timeline.  It also provides a chance to talk to other writers about their experiences, which is always a good time.
  3. Get published in a SFWA publication, or get paid professional rates. – Self-explanatory.  My pie-in-the-sky dream would be to join SFWA this year, but I ain’t banking on it actually happening.  Still, I feel like it is a good goal to work towards.
  4. Weekly updates on this blog and my podcast reviews. – Because schedules are meant to be adhered to.
  5. Finish the damn novel.– Because I need to and that’s pretty much all there it to it at this point.

 

So how did I fare throughout 2013? Let’s check my progress against my intentions:

1. Read more – MODERATE SUCCESS Yes, I feel like I did read more throughout the year. According to Goodreads I read 20 books in 2013, compared to 13 in 2012. By the numbers, that’s an improvement. Was it enough? No, and I can do better. An author must read to improve and expand and all that good stuff, so once again I am challenging myself to read a book a week.

2. Participate in W1S1 to increase short story production – FAIL. I did not managed to succeed in a single month of W1S1. I will openly admit that I have no self-discipline, and did not adhere to any sort of schedule that would have allowed me to meet this challenge. Yes, I will be reattempting in 2014 and trust me when I say I have a battle plan that should help me out a lot on this second attempt (more in future posts about this).

3. Get published in a SFWA publication, or get paid professional rates. – HOT DAMN, I DID THIS ONE! My story “The Witch’s Cat’ was published in Daily Science Fiction, a bonifide SFWA publication. Good on me, I forgot I made this resolution.

4. Weekly updates on this blog and my podcast reviews. – FAIL. Did you know I write podcast reviews? No? That’s okay, no one does. However, I plan on importing my reviews to this blog and picking them back up. I also intend on maintaining a weekly schedule of updates, so look forward to that my dear readers! I look forward to providing you with delightful content and always love reading your comments.

5. Finish the damn novel.  SUCCEED. This is in reference to a WIP of mine. The first draft is officially finished and await the arduous editing process in which I try to make it readable by other humans that are not me. Wish me luck!

So what does 2014 bring in terms of my resolutions? In short:

  1. Read more books – no set number, but I do need to read more and look forward to this task.
  2. Actual participate in W1S1 – I will be enforcing this schedule in my daily life and hope to have 12 short stories at the end of the year. Wouldn’t that be wild?
  3. Sell at least 3 stories – I feel this is a modest, but possibly obtainable goal.
  4. Weekly update schedule for this blog – because its just too pretty to ignore.
  5. Do a push up – not writing related but I think it would be cool to be able to do a push up.

What are your resolutions or goals for the new year? I’m looking forward to cheering you on!

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One thought on “Same Thing Made New

  1. Rebecca says:

    KK,

    I do enjoy your writings, you have a beautiful mind and an inspiring determination. Fight a good fight, live a life worth living, make a difference.

    Your crazy uncle Tim

    No really I am going crazy

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