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:
- 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”.
- 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 FictionWhich 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.
- 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.
- Weekly updates on this blog and my podcast reviews. – Because schedules are meant to be adhered to.
- 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:
- Read more books – no set number, but I do need to read more and look forward to this task.
- 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?
- Sell at least 3 stories – I feel this is a modest, but possibly obtainable goal.
- Weekly update schedule for this blog – because its just too pretty to ignore.
- 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!