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New Year’s Resolutions

I’m a bit late in posting today.  Vannah, Vicki, and I stayed up late last night watching dance movies (WOOT!) and enjoyed a lazy morning.  Plus we exchanged presents, and they gave me THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins (!!!), which I’ve been dying to read and nearly bought during my last trip to Borders’.  They had no idea I wanted it, yet picked it out for me anyway.  Now that is an awesome gift!  *waves & hugs*

So I’m a little unorganized this week, but I think I can pull off a topic about resolutions.  I’ve always had some mixed feelings about setting New Year’s resolutions.  On the one hand, it’s great to have goals to strive for and to motivate ourselves.  On the other, we can sometimes feel guilty if we don’t meet our goals, as if we failed.  But no matter how many times I circle this debate, I always reach the same conclusion:  I have to at least try.  Even if I don’t succeed, I’ll know that I made an effort to accomplish something… which seems better than sitting back and leaving it all to chance.

I also try to top the previous year’s achievements, so it feels like I’m moving forward instead of falling behind.  For comparison, here are my writing achievements for 2008:

1.  Completed my novel, EYES OF LIGHTNING (drafts 1-4).
2.  Wrote three short stories.
3.  Entered one short story contest.
4.  Attended one conference (Conestoga 12 in Tulsa). 
5.  Began to query literary agents.
6.  Started this website and new LiveJournal blog. 
7.  Read approximately 55 books (I’ll probably blog more about this next week). 

And now, my professional resolutions for 2009:

1.  Write two novels.
2.  Write four short stories.
3.  Enter two (or more) contests.
4.  Attend two writers’ conferences. 
5.  Find literary representation.
6.  Improve website and meet more writers (consider Facebook and My Space).
7.  Read 65 books. 

Wow, those are probably the loftiest goals I’ve ever set for myself.  Looking at them now, I’m almost cringing.  But I can do it… right?! I’d say the least likely is #4 (or, well, maybe #5.  But I won’t admit that for optimism’s sake). I’d love to attend the RWA or RT conferences, but I don’t think I can afford to this year. SCBWI has regional events though, so maybe I could attend one or two in Illinois or Iowa.  

As for my personal resolutions, those mainly involve being a better mom, wife, and friend (and using my new kettlebell three times a week, LOL). I wonder what the results will be at the end of 2009.

Would anyone else like to share 2009 resolutions OR 2008 achievements??  I’d love to hear them!  I probably won’t blog again until after Christmas… so if I don’t talk to you before then, Happy Holidays, everyone!!  I hope your days are filled with love and joy.

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2 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolutions

  1. LOL, notice I said “Write two books” instead of “COMPLETE two books,” which is a big difference. But I’m hoping to complete one and get at least a first draft done of the second book. I’ve outlined and plotted both books, which will save me a lot of time. Still, it won’t be easy… but I can try. 🙂

    Good luck with finishing your novel in 2009! Stick with it, and it will happen. 🙂 I don’t remember seeing you around the site before; are you a newcomer, or a lurker? Either way, thanks for the comment! Hope to hear from you again!

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