Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Better late than never, right?
Talk about the best laid plans--I did plan to update the blog now and then during my holidays, but time away from the computer was so blissful that I didn't want it to end. However, it's January, it's a New Year, and it's time to get back to work.
Do you make New Year's resolutions?
This has become a tradition that a lot of people sneer at--the same people who refuse to acknowledge Valentine's Day because it's a "Hallmark Holiday". (That may be so, but how can celebrating a holiday in honor of love be a bad thing? If the commercialism bothers you, skip the overpriced chocolate and do something more personal.) There's also the sentiment that you shouldn't wait until the New Year to make a positive change in your life. Fair enough. I know others who make resolutions in September because the beginning of a new school year still signals a fresh start for them, and that's great, too.
But I like making New Year's resolutions. I enjoy reflecting on the accomplishments and failings of the year just past and planning my goals for the one ahead. I am very proud to say that I managed to keep all of last year's promises to myself, which included getting serious about paying off my debt; finishing my novel; and passing the red prajioud test.
This year's goals are:
1) Polishing Dragonfly Summer and sending it off to publishers and agents
2) Training for and hopefully passing my green prajioud test
3) Having my first (and perhaps only) fight, if applicable
4) Beginning and finishing research/outline of new novel
5) Submitting one new story to a contest
6) Starting to write new novel
7) Getting out of debt, once and for all!
They are lofty goals, but I believe they are well within my reach this year. If I learned anything from the previous year, it's that the more you require of yourself, the more you are able to achieve.
What are your New Year's resolutions, dear readers? And welcome back to the blog! Thanks for being here.
Posted by J.H. Moncrieff at 6:01 AM