Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2014 — bookish, blogging or otherwise!
- To continue to read at least three books a week – and hopefully finally finish a few series that are just dangling.
- To edit my manuscript and then share with friends. (This is just going to take so much time!)
- Spend less time in front of a screen – that would be phone, T.V. and laptop. It’s hard as a writer, reader and reviewer to avoid he screen, but I will strive for at least 24 (that doesn’t include sleep!) hours a week without screen time. Even at work, in the bookstore, there are screens!
- Continue doing yoga, because I like it, but it’s just so hard to leave the house and go, y’know? But this helps with screen time issues!
- Get… a… real job?
- Find a job. (This could be it, really. If I accomplish only this, I’ll be deliriously happy.)
- Find an agent.
- Finish the series that I’ve been lingering over.
- Go out more. Well, this will depend on the job finding. Can’t have much of a social life without moneys, right?
- Read more diversely. I already do but I want to make an effort and search out obscure titles and give them my attention.
- Finish the sequel to the first book. It’s not asking for too much, is it, Brain?
- Cook more. It is actually strangely therapeutic.
- Get back into photography. I don’t like taking pictures of people but I do love taking pictures of flowers so maybe go on a nature walk with my camera when the weather permits.
- Write better articles for The Book Wars. Really.
- Get a job. A book-related, word-related, editing-related, children’s-literature-related job.
- Read more diversely – and not just more historical fiction (that would feel like cheating, I like historical fiction so much). More books by contemporary authors set in the present, and more translated books.
- Write more often and more deeply. To not be afraid to put my heart onto the page, even/especially if nobody but me will ever read the words. To have more confidence in my writing.
- Run and do enjoyable physical activities with greater regularity. I like that intensely alive feeling that accompanies full-bodied motion, whether that means contra dancing or kicking a punchbag or turning cartwheels across a field – why do I forget how wonderful this feeling is?
- To be more observant of others and less self-focused.
(Getting a job is less of a resolution and more of a necessity; it just has to happen or I may just pooffft into thin air. So, yeah, not gonna bother adding it to my list.)
- Read more. (TBR pile is dangerously tall!)
- Write more. (Actually, finish my novel this year?)
- Get a dog. (Alternatively, find a friend who has a dog?)
- Be a better friend and daughter. (Do NOT forget birthdays and important dates!)
- I was gonna resolve to be more outgoing but nah, books are less disappointing/annoying than people.
Sorry not sorry.