Writing Goals and Resolutions – Year end roundup
Time to review my general New Year resolutions.
New Year Resolutions
- Read at least one book per month – Success
January: Animal Farm, Burmese Days, A Clergyman’s Daughter, Coming Up For Air, The Red House Mystery.
February: The New York Triology, Keep the Aspidistra Flying.
March: The Day of the Triffids, Stardust, 1984.
April: Anansi Boys, The Prestige, What Canst Thou Say? Towards a Quaker Theology, The Kraken Wakes, Twelve Quakers and Evil.
May: American Gods
June: The Turn of the Screw and other stories, The Midwich Cuckoos, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
July: Tales of Ordinary Madness, Trouble with Lichen.
August: The Devil Within.
September: The Rat on Fire, The Princess Bride, Quakers and The Arts
October: Return to the Hundred Acre Wood, Care of the Soul.
November: Brave New World.
December: Writing Down the Bones, Quaker by Convincement.
- Get my 5k time down to 18 minutes – Fail
- Run the BUPA London 10,000 in 45 minutes – Fail
- Take part in a half-marathon in late summer – Fail
- Take part in a full-marathon at the end of the year – Fail
One foot injury in the new year, physio on my back, a car crash, severe depression and personal problems have meant that since May 22 this year I have only been out running once. And I am missing it badly (as my waistline will attest to).
Now, onto my writing resolutions…
- Write every day, aiming for a minimum of two pages each day – Fail
I’ve not done this at all. I started well in January when I was taking part in The Artist’s Way (was that so long ago?), but unless the pages are tiny, then I’ve not managed to hit this target.
- Compile an electronic anthology of my my best short stories from 2008 – Fail
It has been compiled, it just hasn’t been edited. Nor have I actually done anything to push it towards publication. Part of that is because I’m lazy, but largely it’s because I had something else to contend with…
- Launch the Chinese Whispers anthology – epic, EPIC WIN!!!
The writers were recruited. The stories were written and edited. Publication is coming, January 2010…
- Enter six writing contests – Fail
Well, there was that one in January, then… that was it. My bad.
- Complete two manuscripts to a publishable standard – Fail
Which parts of “complete”, “two” and “publishable standard” did I not understand? Ah, those bits…
- Participate in, and complete, NaNoWriMo 2009.
I started, but I didn’t finish. And unlike last Nano, I don’t feel bad about that.
So, all told, my resolutions and goals were somewhat of a damp squib. More fails than successes. But whereas my failures were disappointing, my successes were SPECTACULAR. I don’t regret the failures. The failurers are the past, the past cannot be changed. And the goals suggest something about me, a me that isn’t there any more. I have new goals – more holistic, wide-ranging. And I’ll be writing about them shortly…