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How did I do on my resolutions for 2007?

Clearly, I should have looked at my resolutions more often, because I'm feeling off-track.

* Write 3,000 words per week (or revise an equivalent amount. Regular writing has to become a habit. - I don't think I ever met this goal, but even worse, I have done very little fiction writing in the second half of the year. I definitely have to make regular writing a habit!

* Send out five short stories for submission, and keep sending them out until they find homes. This includes: "Blonde Bimbos on the Moon" (currently out), "I am Brave" (about to undergo further revisions), the to-be-named story I'm working on for the Liberty Hall contest, and two yet unwritten stories. I did quite a number of submissions, but mostly "Blonde Bimbos on the Moon." I finished the Liberty Hall contest, but did not re-submit ("Lily") yet. "I am Brave" only went out once. I submitted a couple of poems (as one submission), but am one shy of my goal. And I had really planned to have stories that were ready to send out repeatedly.

* Complete draft of Starved by the end of February (end of January is now unrealistic). I'm trunking Starved, at least for now.

* Enter one "flash fiction" contest at Liberty Hall each month.I didn't enter every month, but there was a month in which I entered several weeks. In the end I wrote 6, which is half the number I planned.

* Complete my next draft of Mysterious Paris by September 1. I did some revision on Mysterious Paris, but didn't really complete the draft.

* Write another novel (or a rewrite of A Science Fiction Fantasy) in November. I didn't write any fiction in November, except for exercises with my writing group.

In early 2008, I'll post my resolutions for 2008. I have ideas, but have to ponder. I want to set up goals that will help get me back on track. I felt like I did pretty well in 2006, but slipped in 2007.


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Jan. 1st, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
Listen, cheer up, it's all right. It's always there for us, and I hope you do make a new list. Even if you don't get all of that one done, I still think they're great things.

New Years Resolutions are like quitting smoking. I was a long-time, heavy smoker, and quit and quit and quit, but finally, one day, I quit and stayed quitted. These lists are like that. You're putting out requests to the universe for what is an in-process thing, and this is a good, empowering thing, too, even if it does take time, more than you strictly want.

One day, you'll look and say, "I did it!" But even if we don't, even if we can't, for whatever reason, we still let the world know what we wanted. This is a great thing!

Do I sound like a nag or a ranter? I hope not, it's just, I don't know, empowering our inner list-maker stuff, I think :)

Happy New Year! ::cheers::
Jan. 1st, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the kind words. My disappointment is not just in not meeting my 2007 resolutions, but in doing worse on the writing front than 2006.
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