Even though resolutions are usually made before starting the year, I’m a bit late in writing them down. I’ve been mulling them over long before the clock struck twelve, but my laziness has kept me from capturing them in word form. I guess because then they are real and I should do something. When I made my list last year, it was things to get done before the impending rapture. Although none of last year’s predictions for Armageddon came true, we can still hold out this year to see if the Mayans knew what was goin’ down. We’re in good shape though because they did pick December so we have plenty of time to get this resolution shit done. Here we go.
1.) Work with critique partners:
The elusive creature called a critique partner was something I’ve been in need of for quite some time. I didn’t really know it at the beginning of 2011, but realized it when my finished novel didn’t bag the outcome I wanted. I spent a lot of time wondering how I would find the perfect match. They don’t have any internet matching sites for crit partners. Well, okay they do, but it’s really hard. Kinda like finding someone to shag. You need to make sure they won’t laugh when they see you naked because it could scar you for life. But I was fierce about sticking with it and put myself out there. I’m pretty psyched about the two chicks I’ve hooked up with (sounds dirtier than it is) and I have high hopes my work will improve because of it.
2.) Attend two concerts:
For the past three years, the goal has been to see one concert. After making it to five shows last year, I decided to up the ante. There is something about live shows that I love. I’ve discovered I need them to continue my creative edge and therefore they must be on the list. I still plan to call them research because in me somewhere there is a book about concerts I’m waiting to pull out.
3.) Work with fondant:
With all the baking going on in my life, I’ve decided to expand my horizons. That means I must break into the crazy world of fondant. I already made one attempt in these first few weeks. I learned I have a long way to go before Food Network’s Cake Challenge, but there may be some pretty cool creations out there using it.
4.) Read 25 books:
I have seen blogs where people set the goal for 100 books in the year and I am in awe of those people. I’ve started with a smaller number, but it doesn’t mean I can’t do more. I have to admit, four years ago I was one of those people who said “I don’t really read.” I was addicted to the television crack and it didn’t leave much room for anything else. I read a Stephanie Plum here or a Sookie Stackhouse there, but I wasn’t committed to reading regularly. In 2011, I realized if I wanted to write like good writers, I had to read more of them. So I committed to books and saw how much they added to my life and writing. This realization made it a “must” priority for this year.
5.) Interview Mikel Jollett for the blog:
This may be my most lofty goal of the batch, but what the heck? Sure, he may have amped up security after the last concert or put me on a do not call list after seeing what I did to him with bubble art. Even if he fell upon this blog at some point and vowed never to give me any more fodder for this obsession, I’m going to try my damnedest to get some time for Q&A. We may even have a contest for what questions to ask at some point in this year. Be prepared like a Girl Scout, ya know? What I learned from the tons of searches leading people to this blog when they are trying to find Mikel is people are interested in him as a writer. Aren’t you ever curious if he has the same crushing doubt as all other writers? I do. Hopefully some time this year I’ll be able to ask.
6.) Get an agent:
It’s no surprise to see this on the list. You will see it on every resolution list until the year it actually happens. There are days when I doubt it ever will, but then I pull out my favorite line I’ve ever read on someone’s blog “the only difference between a published author and a non published author is one gave up.” I say it just about every day and in every situation where someone faces something difficult. Anything is possible. I wholly believe that with all my heart.
There are other things I hope to accomplish in this year, be a good mother, a fine wife, a hard worker, blah, blah, blah. They aren’t annual resolutions because I commit to them daily. Of course, progress will be tracked on here and I appreciate your support as I work towards the resolutions made. There will be pictures, quotes, and updates to document the steps it takes to reach them. And if it doesn’t happen this year, maybe they will carry over to the next. Well, that’s counting on the fact those Mayans didn’t know what the hell they were talking about.