Like last year, to make goals for this year, it is necessary to go back and examine the ones from the previous. It is a way to balance the success and what might not be failure, but something to put for another time. In this case, a new year. I have been doing this since I was a teenager. Back then, I would write down my goals and tape them to the bottom of my unicorn globe (which I still have) that sat on my nightstand. The strange thing about my goals is the fact that I write them down and don't look at them all year. I always manage to acknowledge the goals in some way throughout the year with no reminder. They just happen.
It is easy to see where there is need for improvement, but also, I have exceeded my expectations. Sometimes I do make my goals harder than I need to or it takes more time than I imagined. It is great to see that I have done something for each category and didn't just completely pass them over. Now it is time for...
1) Finish the rewrite of Kin and have it ready for submission by the end of the year.
2) Do a rewrite and edit of Beyond the Garden. Start writing book 2 in the series.
3) Retile and remodel the bathrooms. Retile the laundry room.
4) Exercise at least 2 times a week. Find something I don't mind doing.
5) Draw and paint something that I like.
6) Plan a trip to Japan, Disneyland, and New York City.
7) Re-read some of my favorite authors.
8) Write at least one book review a month.
I wish I could add more to the list, but I think focusing a bit more on my writing is something that needs to happen this year. Having my writing group has really helped with deadlines since I could revisit some of my past writing. I would like to see more new writing, but I have past projects that need my attention. The list looks exciting and I will get started today.
First, I am going to do some changes on the blog and website. I've had both for nearly two years now and I make some minimal changes from time to time. I am not sure exactly what I will come up with by the end of the day, but I think it is time for a new face lift.
Here's wishing everyone a Happy New Year!