2013 Goals – Um . . .

As 2014 begins, it’s time to look back and see how well I did on the goals I set for last year. The answer is . . . mixed.

Starting with the reading goals:

1. Read 70 books this year.

Yeah, I pretty much blew this one out of the water. According to GoodReads, my tally for the year was 80. Not too shabby!

2. Read at least 15 books off of the “1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die” list.

Nope. Not even a single one. Granted, when I made that goal, I was planning on being in grad school working on my Master’s degree in English, so I assumed I would be reading more classics, which might be on this list. Oh well. It was a nice idea!

3. Complete all series that were not completed last year (see this post).

I don’t think I got any of these either. Seriously, there are so many good books coming out – how do you keep track of them all?!?!?

4. Complete all series that I begin this year (such as Kristin Cashore’s Graceling Realm series, which I’ve read the first book of last week).

I actually did fairly good on this one. There were only a few series that I started last year that I didn’t finish, but I’ll get to them at some point.

5. Continue to try and get all the books I currently own up on my Goodreads account.

I am laughing now at my crazy ideas. In order to complete this, I would have had to read nothing but what’s on my bookshelves currently and nothing new. Yeah right. I’m silly.

So naturally, I have new reading goals for 2014, but since I know that “The Broke and the Bookish” plan to have their next TTT post about those, I’ll leave that until next Tuesday. 🙂

Now on to the regular resolutions and such.

1. Finish editing Children of Light and start querying it.

Nope. Didn’t happen. I’m still working on it though.

2. Do more with Bibliophiles Anonymous.

I’m actually quite pleased at how well the podcast has done this past year. We’re continuing to grow and have had some nice interactions with other readers and authors and such (including getting my review of Pawn retweeted by Harlequin Teen, which was pretty awesome). I think 2014 will be a good year for us as well.

3. Devote more time to my family and personal goals and less time to my job.

We have been spending more time as a family lately, mostly because we’ve started playing more games together, mostly that we saw on TableTop. It’s been fun.

4. Develop a daily routine.

Still working on that, although writing with the 5 AM Writers Club on Twitter is helping with that.

5. The Happiness Project.

Yeah, gave that up after only a month or two.

So that’s how 2013 went down. Some success, some utter failures, but that just shows where my priorities lie at the moment. Do I have goals for 2014? Absolutely, but this post is getting a little long. More on those later.

Wishing all of you a wonderful 2014!

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It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day . . .

And I’m feeling good!

Welcome to 2013 everybody! It’s so funny how bright and new and fresh everything always seems on January 1st. It isn’t, really. Not that much has changed from yesterday.  What makes me automatically think that today will be any different, just because the calendar has rolled over to a new year?

Somehow, it just does. I wonder about this every year, and I still can’t explain it.

Until recently, I’ve been really had about setting goals and keeping them. Yesterday’s post about my 2012 resolutions absolutely floored me. I kept nearly all of them? How did that happen? It makes me feel optimistic about the upcoming year. There is so much that I want to accomplish. I’ve never been one to just sit back on my laurels. I want to DO things, even if the idea is silly.

That said, here are my New Year’s Resolutions for 2013, based slightly off my goals from last year.

1. Finish editing Children of Light and start querying it. Yes folks, my novel has a name. It’s had one for a while, but I’ve been hesitant to use it for some reason. Giving it a name and using that name makes it feel real. Gives it a concrete-ness that I think I will need to get in the right mindset to finish it.

2. Do more with Bibliophiles Anonymous. As most of you know, my friend Jess and I started a podcast this past year. We’ve done really well so far, up to 14 episodes, but we’re not getting much exposure. I need to be more dedicated to finding outlets to get our name out there. It would be nice to actually have listeners other than just our friends and families.

3. Devote more time to my family and personal goals and less time to my job. This is a tough one. My hours, though finally cut down a bit, have been creeping back up over the past several months. I’ve started feeling really guilty for going in later when I knew that work was piling up on my desk. I need to be able to stand up for myself there and not let them try to snow me under with more work. Stand my ground!

4. Develop a daily routine. This one will also be tough, but necessary. I have a lot going on, let’s face it. Starting next Monday, I will officially be a graduate student at Southern New Hampshire University. I have writing to do, blogging to do, homework to do, housework to do, family stuff to do. I need to get organized, or things are going to start falling through the cracks.

5. The Happiness Project. This year, my mom and I are embarking on Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project. I figure it will be easier with help. We can push each other.

6. Reading Challenge. I came close to this last year, so this year I’m upping the challenge to 70. Between reading stuff for school and the podcast, I don’t think this will be a problem.

You’ll notice that there aren’t any weight loss goals on this list. That’s not to say that I won’t try to do something about getting healthier – I will. But it won’t be a formal goal.

Now, here’s what I plan to do with the blog. I think I did pretty well last year getting more into a blogging routine. My goal was to try to blog twice a week, and most weeks I do either three or four. I’d like to up that to five.

  • Monday – Stacking the Shelves (with Tynga’s Reviews) and other general announcements. I’ll also talk about the podcast a bit on Mondays too.
  • Tuesday – Top Ten Tuesdays (with the Broke and the Bookish). Can’t give that one up, it’s too much fun!
  • Wednesday & Thursday – Reviews. Both books and movies (oh my gosh, y’all, I saw The Hobbit and Les Mis and I have stuff to say!!!).
  • Friday – Happiness Project Update. Might even try to get my mom to write something here. 😉

So there you have it. My plans for 2013. Hope you all have a wonderful and prosperous New Year! I’m certainly going to try!

Year in Review!

Greetings all! I have returned after enjoying the holidays with my family. I hope you and yours had a nice holiday, whichever one you celebrate this time of year.

As 2012 draws to a close, it’s time to look over the year and see how things have gone and what needs improvement. I pulled up my New Year’s resolution post from last year and was actually fairly surprised.

1. Finish that #%$#@%$ book!

Since the rough draft is done, I think I can cross this off the list. Sure, the book isn’t polished. It’s not publishable. But it has a beginning, a middle, and an end. That’s more than I’ve ever been able to do in the past.

2. Do something about my job.

This one has also been taken care of, although my hours have been creeping back up over the past few months. That will change, especially once school starts. I will need all the help I can get at that point.

3. Blog at least twice a week and tweet at least once a day.

Yup, yup. I think I’ve more than taken care of that one.

4. Read 60 books this year.

Surpassed that goal by a fairly wide margin, and found a whole bunch of wonderful new books and authors in the process. Who could ask for anything more?

5. Get healthy.

And here’s where I dropped the ball. It’s not that I don’t want to try and get healthier, it’s just that it was hard to make it a priority with everything else going on. Which is stupid, since if my health goes, everything else will go with it. I guess we can see where improvements need to be made.

All in all, I would say that this year has been a fairly good one for me, if these goals are anything to go on. Naturally, I will have new goals for 2013, which I will put up tomorrow.