2013 is Going to be a Good Year

2012 was a mixed bag of some good and some devastating bad, but I believe the universe will do us a good turn and 2013 will be great. Here are some of my goals for the year of Lucky 13.

Personal:

Go to the gym more. This is the traditional resolution for a reason. IT IS NECESSARY AFTER THE HOLIDAYS. Especially when you work in an office and there are cookies EVERYWHERE.

Learn how to use new technology. I got a space device touchscreen e-reader for Christmas. I asked for it so that I could read manuscripts without killing trees for my internship, but right now there are babies better at touch screens than me.

Save Money. Stick to my budget. Increase  my biweekly deposit into my savings. Every time I resist the siren song of take out, “spend” the money it would have cost by putting it into savings.

Take risks. Yeah, I like having at least a day a week that I do nothing and talk to no one. I’m still happiest reading by myself, but its time to be bold. Go for every opportunity life presents. Drink, Celebrate life, Be merry. 

Career:

Day job. Be on time. Work as hard as possible. Prove myself. Go home.

Internship. Check in. Keep going if possible, grab another if I can.

Writing/Reading World Goals:

Query CURSEBREAKER. I’ve been holding back for a long time and I’ve been in limbo with this project. Although the extra revising time was good for it, I’m ready for the next step even if it’s rejection.

Write. Write at least two short stories to query the sci fi/fantasy lit mag circuit with. In the next few months I want to plan out my next novel. Ideally it will be finished by 2014, with a final push in November.

SCBWI, ReaderCon, Boston Book Fest. Go to as many conferences and book events as financially possible and make more friends in the community. First stop: the SCBWI conference in New York in February.

Critique Groups. I’m lucky enough to be part of two professional quality crit groups at the moment. Every-Other-Sunday and The Boston Speculative Fiction Writing Group. I want to be a valuable member to both and continue to give quality feedback to these talented writers.

The Challenge:

Read 50 books. I’ve seen a lot of these challenges on Goodreads, and while I bought a lot of books in 2012 I didn’t always make the time to read them. My personal challenge will be to read at least 50 books in 2013 of any genre. I will try to advertise my progress as this one means a lot to me. I’ve got to keep up on all the great titles coming out this year.

I want to revisit this in June (halfway through), so that I remember to keep on track. Its going to be an ambitious new year. Happy New Year. May good things come your way.

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