Happy 2014

Good morning and happy new year! May 2014 be wonderful and bring you bright blessings (and if you’re a writer, may it bring you words and more words!).

The first day of the year is traditionally a time of reflection, but I think we can all agree that I don’t have a lot to reflect on from 2013 (at least not that was posted here). I took a year off from original writing while I shopped my latest YA novel (and sold it to Harmony Ink Press!) and while I wrote around 568,000 words of completely non-salable stuff. Yes, we shall call it stuff, because that’s the best word.

The thing is, I learned from that stuff. I learned about plot and description (my two downfalls) and I learned more about character. I learned how to better let a character drive the story while weaving a plot in around it. I learned to trust my instincts and I hope I can apply that to new novels this year.

Which brings me to the most important thing: my 2014 goals and objectives.

I stopped writing resolutions ages ago. I never keep them. But I do like to set out a list of goals and objectives (just like at work) and then review them at the end of the year to see how close I came to keeping them. So here we go (a mix of writing and real life).

  1. Write at least 400,000 words, whether salable or not.
  2. Write two YA novels.
  3. Revise one YA novel and submit it.
  4. Blog here once weekly at minimum.
  5. Restart my photography habit.
  6. Run one mile three times weekly (on average).
  7. Attend TKD/Hapkido at least three times weekly (on average).
  8. Get my black belt in TKD (hopefully in May!).
  9. Try to cook more often, even if it means creating food on the weekend to eat as leftovers during the week.
  10. Draw.
  11. Teach my daughter (and my not!daughter) to drive.
  12. Spend more time in my trailer and at the campground, and more time relaxing.

So there we go, an even dozen goals and objectives. Note, there is no weight loss goal. I don’t even try for that… I will continue to try to eat well and gain health, but I’m not going to set a specific “lose 20lbs” or similar goal because I will get frustrated when I don’t make it.

Instead, I want to set positive goals that actually have the potential to be completed.

So tell me, what are your goals for the year?

About D. E. Atwood

When D.E. Atwood was in second grade, she finally grew tall enough to see the shelf above the mysteries in the bookmobile. She discovered a rich landscape of alternate worlds, magic, and space and has never looked back from the genres of fantasy and science fiction. When she was twelve, she declared that she was going to be a writer, and share the stories that she saw happening all around her. She wanted to create characters that others would care about, and that would touch their lives, like the books that she read had touched her own life. Today she has combined her interests, creating genre stories about the people who live next door, bringing magic into the world around us. When not writing, D.E. Atwood is a mother (to two children and a cat), a wife, a reader, a knitter, a systems administrator, a roleplayer, and a music aficionado. Sleep, she claims, is optional.
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