I tend not to make a big deal about life resolutions because mine are stunningly boring (case in point: this year's include "eat breakfast" and "wash the dishes EVERY DAY, not just when you start using blank CDs as plates"). Last year's was "take more photos" — with over 13,000 photos sitting in my hard drive at the moment, I'd say that one is done and DONE. However, writing resolutions are something I take a bit more seriously.
Last year I didn't make any. I'd moved to Japan on my own, not as an exchange student this time. I was still trying to get a foothold in my new job as a full-time high school teacher. I had a nightmare coworker of doom. My creative voice had sputtered and died. My one accomplishment in 2010 was this year's NaNoWriMo, which I actually finished, and which I think has potential!
This year, though, will be better. Because I say so.
- blog lots, and consistently
- Yeah, that. I have friends-only online journals, but this is the first real attempt at public, themed blogging.
- send out stories for publication again
- Pretty self-explanatory. I did it before Japan, but I've gotten lazy since moving here.
- edit this year's NaNoWriMo novel, "Hell in Half a Parsec"
- This was the first NaNo novel to escape the "NaNoWriMo Curse" — November ends with the story unfinished, and I never touch it again. This year's was finished (on December 1st, even!), and I want to get it fixed up and eventually start shopping it out.
- write the first draft for book 1 of my joint YA urban-fantasy-sort-of best-friends-having-hijinks series
- My coauthor and I have been planning it since 2008. Time to start writing it!
- And on that note, title the series. Yeesh, guys
- start the actual first draft for my joint reformed-emo-guy-and-sparkly-pretty-boy-are-friends-and-eventually-fall-in-love story
- This one's been in the works since, oh gosh, 2006 I think. I love these characters, and I've written tons of short stories for them, but I want to work on their actual novel. I don't have to finish it this year, but I do want to make headway
- This one also needs a title. *facepalm*
- kick-start a stalled project: "Lucky in Love", a fairy tale
- It started as an assignment and morphed into something I really liked, only to screech to a halt at 13,000 words. This is a giant flashing "DANGER WILL ROBINSON" sign that I've gone horribly wrong somewhere, and need to tear out a few thousands words to get myself back on track. I want to figure out where.
- play in fandom again
- Okay, so this isn't a Srs Bsns Writer goal, but writing fanfiction is fun, it's low pressure, and I don't care what people say — if I hadn't written fanfic, my writing would be so much worse today! Plus it's shorter, so I can feel the accomplishment of finishing something.
Nothing particularly lofty, and I refuse to set a wordcount-for-the-day goal — every time I try that, it's been a miserable failure. I figure setting project goals is better for my sanity, and more realistic as well.
Happy New Year, everyone!