Each year I like to come back and update how the old resolutions panned out. Hard to believe we’re already here. Even I wonder if I stuck to everything I hoped to accomplish. Let’s take the adventure together.
1. Read 25 books.
I did it! 25 books read and even some of them reviewed with baked goods. It’s been a great year for Young Adult books and I’ve enjoyed a variety. There are a couple of adult categories in there too. My favorite for the year? I have to say “I Hunt Killers” by Barry Lyga. It was a thrilling read and I can’t wait to read the sequel. Of course I am waiting because I heard the cliffhanger on the second is even worse!
2. Be more active on blogs.
I’m not sure I made great strides on this. I did have some successes and encouraged some other people to start blogs of their own. This counts, right? I’m still working on being more social with the writing community. I think that will always be a goal.
3. Have good hair in a photo with Mikel Jollett.
I think we all know how this plays out. I had good hair for a day and it didn’t make me happy. When I appreciated the things that matter, I was smiling wide wearing Mikel, terrible hair, and a set of crazy eyes. This may be a universal lesson.
4. Get an agent.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get an agent. I can’t type I didn’t succeed in learning more and getting closer to the goal. I’m modifying this for 2014, as I’ve learned in this tough year about what’s really important in life. And in writing. It’s saying that it’s not always about the destination as much as the journey.
5. Do something daring.
I think there have been many things last year I could categorize in the daring column. Some included courage juice (aka lemon drops) while others were genuine “suck it up and do it”-attitude driven. This year included making new friends, talking up agents, and surviving a personal tragedy. The fact I’m out the other side and ready for more proves pretty daring in my book.
There are moments where I wish some of these things were different. It would be nice to have an incredible 8×10 with Mikel where I don’t look like I went through a washing machine. In seriousness, this year held one of the lowest points in my life. I’m still battling through the shrapnel four months later.
I tell myself all the trials are for a reason. Something meaningful and great can come from continuing to power on even when things aren’t the “perfect” I hoped they were. Maybe one day it will mean a traditionally published book. Or a stronger connection with my children. Or even a picture with The Airborne Toxic Even that I’m excited to show. I’m not sure what it all means. I do know another resolution set is coming and I’m ready to face another set of challenges.