The Obligatory New Year Post

Seems like everyone has been busy lately recapping their 2011, or their book list, or their New Year’s resolutions. Except, I’m not much of a resolution maker. I love making goals, but somehow, when I start calling them resolutions, it’s an automatic fail! So I’ve learned my lesson. I start the year with a list of goals I want to accomplish, but I’m never *too* upset if I don’t hit them all. I tend to aim a little high 🙂

I won’t bore you with the goals I didn’t hit this year, there were quite a few that just never happened. 2011 was an interesting year for me, with lots of ups and downs – I’ll give you a short overview:

  • I struggled with my health for a huge chunk of the year, but on the positive side, I had a short story published that did much better than my pretty low expectations.
  • I finally slogged through edits on Time Bound, but I didn’t start the other book I’d been hoping to.
  • I found some fantastic critique partners who helped whip this book into shape, and I read some amazing books of theirs that I can’t wait to see published!
  • I started a co-writing project with my long time CP that I’m super excited about.
  • I hit my goal of reading 50 books this year, and next year, I want to try for 60!
  • I got to take a fabulous vacation with my honey and eat lots of lobster. And when I got back to work, the shit hit the fan and I’ve been crazy busy non-stop.

But, that’s how life works. You take the good with the bad, the successes with the failures, and you learn from them. Move on. Make new goals. 2012 is pretty wide open for me right now. I have my work goals – getting through our end of March Deadline with out strangling anyone. I have my personal goals. And of course my writing goals.

But when it comes down to it, my main goal is to find happiness now. To stay focused on the present instead of wishing for the future. Living mindfully, working toward my ultimate goal of being published, and becoming a better friend, spouse-type person, sister, crit partner and human.

I think as authors a lot of us are working so hard toward that shiny payoff of a published book that we want to skip over everything else. And yet that’s where the good stuff lives – the new friends, the new ideas, the joy of writing that perfect sentence or cutting 50 extra words from a chapter. Or even coming up with a shiny new idea.

So my hope for all of us this year is that we can take some time to enjoy 2012 and not miss out on those perfect little moments because they’re not on our resolution list or part of our goals.

What about you guys? Any resolutions/goals you want to achieve in 2012?






  1. Ahhh you are so awesome. Co-writing project? I’m jealous…I think? Maybe? I don’t know if I could handle that. So way to go you.
    My goal for 2012 is to be able to say at the end of it that I worked my butt off as hard as I possibly could toward publication. Also I want to go to Midwest Writer’s Conference and SCBWI. No excuses. This is important. 

    Hang in there, lady. You are doing an AWESOME job.

  2. Thanks for sharing your goals and accomplishments with us. I think the goal for mindfulness in 2012 is a good one, and it’s something so easy to overlook, despite being important for our own happiness and sanity. I usually do the resolution thing, but I think this year, I might go with the picking one word as the motto for the year idea I’ve seen around the blogosphere lately. Still picking a word though. 🙂 Happy New Year!

  3. Worrying too much about the “shiny payoff” is definitely a bad thing (speaking from experience). If your expectations are too high, you can expect less fun.

  4. Good thoughts. I need to be more in the moment too.

  5. I never got to tell you that I LOVE the blog redesign!  Did you do it yourself?  I have to revamp mine – going to go minimalist, Zen Habits style.  Wow you’re co-writing a book!  I’m jealous – somehow it seems so much easier to only have to write half a book and to have an automatic partner, although if they’re dragging their side I can see how it detracts.

    And great points about enjoying the process b/c that’s REALLY WHAT IT’S ABOUT!