Monday, December 31, 2012

2013 Goals and 2012 Review

This year was big, no, it was HUGE! My husband applied for a job in San Diego in January, and at the end of March, we were out of North Dakota. It was a major game changer since I'm now able to stay home to work on my writing full time and we get to live in this amazing city. I've attended many author events, played to my heart's content in Disneyland (well, it is a start), geeked out at San Diego Comic-Con (Firefly!), kicked NaNoWriMo's butt, and have fallen for the peaceful ocean. I miss my family and friends, but we really feel like we're living in a dream.

So, that brings me to my simple goals for the year. I didn't want to overdo it and it is a bit strange to re-read them now. 

2012 Goals
1) Finish revisions on KIN and submit. I've done three different revisions on KIN this year. I have it currently sent off for a critique, and I'll go through the process again when it is returned. I would have loved to have it sent off, but it just didn't work out.

2) Write another novel.Now this is where I excelled I wrote not just one, but TWO novels this year. I wrote BRIGHT WORLD from March -May and MIRRORSPEAK for NaNoWriMo. I'm currently revising BRIGHT WORLD.

3) Submit a short story for publication.I wrote a short story that is now ending up in a book. I've focused more on novels this year, but I think that might change. 
I used to be really good about keeping up without my goals when I have them out of sight and out of mind. I'm thinking of changing that this year.

2013 Goals

1) Organize writings. Make a Scrivener document with ideas and clean out my Google Docs. Let's see what kind of treasures I can find!

2) Write more short stories. Once a month I'm going to open a Scrivener document to write a short story and they will be collected in this file, along with first liners and ideas. The Merry Fates book, The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories persuaded me to try something different now that I'm writing full time. It'll also keep me writing even when I'm revising. 

3) Submit! I feel I'm very close to having something ready for submission and this is the biggest (and scariest goal) I want to see happen this year.

4) Climb a mountain. I grew up on the prairie and surrounded by hills. Fargo was flat. It's strange living somewhere with mountains and I would like to go hiking. It will also help me continue to get my health on. 

5) Rewrite my life list.I found my old one and was surprised by how much I crossed off since getting married seven years ago. It's time to look at the bigger picture. 

6) Attend a writer's conference. Now that I'm on the West Coast, there are more to choose from. I would love to go to the summer SCBWI since I'm less than two hours away. Let's see where I'm at in eight months! 

7) Get involved in a writer community like AbsoluteWrite. I'm finding YAHighway as a wonderful resource in the meantime, but would love to get in more discussions and ask/give help.

Seven seems like a good number for this year, especially since I'll be married for seven years to my favorite person ever. 

Our holiday card

There are other things I would love to write goals about (like selling our home in North Dakota), but sometimes you can't control life. I've had my share of bad days this year, but I'm trying to see the positive as much as I can. I've spent too much time worrying about things out of my control. I still do, yes, but not as much as I used to. I feel I've come a long way in that regard. It's one of the reasons why I love writing and books so much. It transports me somewhere else for a while, and sometimes, gives me perspective on what is bothering me. Some problems are bigger than others, but it doesn't always means they don't matter. I'm reminded things can get better and to not waste the time I have. It is a big challenge I've never posted on a goal list, but it exists. 

2012 blessed me in so many ways and looking at this list for 2013, there is much more to look forward to in the new year. Let's see what I can do!

What is your most challenging goal for 2013?



  1. Those are a lot of great goals for the year! Good luck with them--especially submitting.

  2. Thanks so much! I'm excited to see what the year will bring.

  3. Wow, what an amazing 2012 you had! The change from ND to San Diego must have been incredible. I've only seen pictures of ND, but I've been to SoCal. Quite a difference.

    And what an exciting time for you! Writing full time, with conferences and opportunities around you. I wish you the very best with finding an agent, writing lots, and seeing the rest of your dreams come to fruition, Natasha :)

    1. It is quite a difference! Nicer weather and more things to do, for one. North Dakota has its charms that we can enjoy when we visit family.

      Thank you so much for your kind comments. Looking forward to what the year will bring!

  4. Great goals! Climbing a mountain sounds amazing. I've been involved in AbsoluteWrite for four years now and it's a fantastic place. I've learned so much in my time there.

    Good luck with everything!

    1. I'm a little intimated on where to start since forums isn't something I've been involved in quite as much. However, I'm looking forward to the challenge. Maybe I'll see you there!

  5. I totally relate to your situation. We moved to NY in 2011 for my husbands job, and it was the move that prompted me to write my manuscript. Congratulations on all you accomplished. :)

    1. I've been very fortunate to have such a supportive husband and living in this great city. Good luck on your writing and thank you for stopping by!

  6. San Diego is such a great place to live and write full time. Enjoy it! And good luck with you goals.

    1. Thank you! We really do love it here. It is nice to have so many places to explore that is so different from what we're used to. We used to travel a lot so it is nice to go out for the day and still come home to our own beds. :)


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