Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Review and 2014 Goals


I've neglected this blog a bit more this year. I've been lost in revisions most of the year, and wrote a NaNoWriMo novel. Then there's life! I've done my best to up with updates, so here's a 2013 recap!
Google+ made this neat video of my year in pictures and some video that I thought would be fun to share! 

video

There's not much I can complain about when you look at such a list and the video! This is our first full year in San Diego, and from what you can see, it's been a whirlwind. We're so thankful for new friends and the old ones who traveled to see us. 

Now what about those goals I set out for myself?

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. 
I started one short story, and the other became my NaNoWriMo project. Hmm.
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.I'm in the waiting phase right now
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. 
We did plenty of climbing on our San Diego Country trip. See blog post above.
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! 

I didn't attend one in person, but I did participate in WriteOnCon. So, for now, I'm going to count that!
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. 

I've met so many wonderful writers this year online. I'm so excited to see people achieve their goals and dreams in the coming years. Next year, my first column for YAInterrobang will be published about YA fanart. 

Now that I look at this list, I think I've done fairly well for myself in 2013. I will admit, I was a little bummed since I feel like I could have done more. That's one of the reasons why I write posts like this--- it sheds some perspective on that sullen point of view. 


Now what should I do next?

2014 Goals
1) Finish writing my NaNoWriMo project Death Notice.
2) I will have three books to revise once I complete Death Notice. I would like to have two out of the three revised.
3) Write another book. I have several ideas in my head, and I'm thinking this will be the year I write about witches!
4) Write one short story.
5) I was diagnosed with a condition where I need to change my diet. I was at first a bit devastated since I'm already vegan and eat quite healthy. However, this will be the next step to get my body in best working order. I would like to have a handle on knowing on what carbs are best for me. Also, I'm determined to be consistent in walking 10 miles every week and work my way up from there.
6) Whale watching is something I can say we didn't have back in North Dakota and I really want to go out on the ocean for a look. It'll also be fun to go out onto the ocean in a boat for the first time!
7) I'm really in love with the YouTube cartoon Bee and Puppycat. I would love to make a costume for this! I probably should get ideas and update my Jedi costume for 2015!

Looks like I'm going for the number 7 again this year! 

I'm wishing everyone a great 2014 with much adventure and reaching your goals! I'm hoping for bigger things (like an agent), but there are things you can't control. I've learned that it's okay--- and to have the flux of emotions to come with it. My yearly goals have always had one purpose: Keep Moving Forward.

What are you looking forward to most in 2014?

Natasha

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