I just finished putting the black-eyed pea chili on in the crock pot and cleaning up from last night’s little party. I’ve already made a To Do list for the rest of the week that would probably make a lot of folks tremble in their boots (I’m motivated, yo). Now that the caffeine from my tea has kicked in, I guess it’s time to set some goals for the year.
I didn’t set many last year, and those that I set, I achieved. Which is a nice thing. So here we go:
- Read at least 2 fiction books by men. I know, this seems kind of a low number, but considering I just DON’T READ male writers, as a rule for reasons I’ve talked about before, it’s a start. Heading up that list is Chuck Wendig, whom I respect the hell out of and whose blog I love.
- Read at least 4 fiction books outside the romance genre. Again, this is something I just don’t tend to do, but it’s important to expand one’s horizons. Quite possibly these books will fill the bill of reading male authors.
- Repeat my WIP500 goal of 182.5k words of PROSE. I’ve enjoyed keeping track of my plotting (as I write a lot of words in that department, as it happens), but I’d like to stick with this level of prose production. That might break down in a lot of different ways, over a lot of different projects, but it’s a good, generally doable number.
- Finish and release 2 novel length projects. Last year I did a short novel, a novella, and a short story. Which was great, and a nice thing to be able to put out after a long time of nothing. But long work often sells better, so I’d definitely like to get some out there. No promises on what those will be, but that’s the goal.
- Read at least one craft book. It’d be great if I read more, but that just so often doesn’t happen. Last year I knocked out The Art of War for Writers, which I LOVED.
- Make an earnest effort at daily meditation, even if it’s only five minutes. So much of what I’ve read talks about the importance of mindfulness on so many levels. I’m so bad at it, but it’s something I want to keep working on.
That’s it. Nothing about which titles I might want to write and release, nothing about fitness or dieting or getting the house immaculate. I’m sticking to stuff that’s fully within my control.