Happy New Year!!!
A new year, a fresh page, the beginning a one more story–the new year can mean many things to different people, but to most it means a chance for making the dreaded New Years Resolution.
Last year I had lofty goals and met a lot of them. Not all of them (I’m only human, despite popular opinion) but enough to feel an inkling of pride.
A coworker gave me a wonderful Christmas gift–a beautiful bracelet with an inspiring quote.
“Though she be but little, she is fierce”
I’m a small woman. Quiet, a bit socially awkward, young(ish).
But don’t let that deceive you. I ran a half-marathon and have fought my way through two Tough Mudders, plus I’ve earned a green belt in ju jitsu. I’ve written two full-length novels and have ideas for many more. I hold a doctorate degree and work hard at my job supervising the care of over 600 patients.
People have a habit of judging others’ merits by silly things. Whether it’s a person’s size, shape, color, intro/extroversion, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation… These are things that help make us who we are, but they don’t define us.
So break beyond your doubts, fears, and the assumptions of others in the next year. Be fierce this year! I know I plan to 🙂
My Goals for 2018
Find an Agent or Publisher for Those Hidden
Admittedly, this is a more of a hope really. But I’ve received my first request for a full copy of my manuscript from a small publisher! I’m looking forward to hearing back from them (and trying not to completely freak out in the meantime). No matter what happens, I plan to keep motoring forward 🙂 My goal is still 100 rejections, and I have a long way to go until then…
Finish Another Novel
I’m about half-way done with the novel I began during NaNoWriMo and having a ton of fun with it. Like everyone and their mother, I decided to give space opera a shot. I hope to finish my WIP by the end of January so I can begin edits. Hopefully I can start seeking out beta readers by spring!
Track My Writing
I wrote quite a bit in 2017, though not as much as I would have liked. Most of my writing time was taken up by blog posts. For 2018, I want to dedicate more time to writing novels. It was super helpful during NaNoWriMo to be able to use the website’s tracker. I’m a goal oriented person, so I’m going to try tracking my writing the rest of the year using an excel form. We’ll see how that goes.
Take Advantage of “No Tech” and “Low Tech” Nights
I’ve found myself spending more and more time zoning out to Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, Pinterest, and other apps lately. These sites are great for keeping up with the literary and art worlds, but they also tend to eat into my own creative time. My husband and I have started designating certain nights as “low tech” or “no tech”. This might mean no phones or computers, maybe even turning off all the lights and reading by candlelight. Other times it just means disconnecting from the internet so I can type away on my latest story without the constant need to check my twitter. Either way, it means less background chatter from technology and more time relax and reboot.
Read 60 Books (or more)
As always, I plan to read a ton this year. I blew apart last year’s goal of 52 books, managing to finish more than 70 books in 2017! Granted, that did include some easy reads and graphic novels, but I still had plenty of fodder for book review posts. Plus, I dug into some great non-fiction books, normally a bit of a struggle for me. Since 2018 is shaping up to be another busy year, I’m setting my goal at 60 books and hoping for the best 🙂
Wishing everyone a FIERCE and productive New Year!
What are your resolutions for 2018?