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…

Writing Goals

  • 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…

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