The New Year – A Grand Symbolic Gesture

Even though I know that the possibility to change, grown, and improve one’s situation exists every day, there’s something about the symbolism of a new year starting that helps to inspire me to help me refocus and to get my rear in gear and jump start my goals again. So here I am publicly setting my goals for the new year.

Last year, I didn’t set any year long goals, and instead tried to stick to weekly goals (which are posted on my livejournal). I only sort of succeeded. I still intend to set weekly goals this year as a way to keep me constantly aware of what I’m up to, but I also have some BIG things that I want to get accomplished in the course of this year, so I’ll go ahead and post those, too.

2010 Goals:

  • Finish draft 0 of my Untitled Alternate World Fantasy Novel (currently at 51,189 words). In order to accomplish this, I plan to set aside time to write. There’s a local coffee shop, where I know there’s no wifi, so I can go there and get some focused writing done one to two days a week. Otherwise there are just too many distractions at home. It’s the same way I was able to complete Nano.
  • Actively write poetry and short stories for submission to anthologies (which will give me focus and a deadline), preferably a minimum of one submission a month. This is rather scary for me, because completing that many stories and poems on top of completing a novel feels like a lot, not to mention the possibility of facing rejection. However, I’m trying to look at it this way: if I complete a story that’s rejected by an anthology, then I will still have a story that can be reworked for submission elsewhere.
  • Train for and participate in the Disneyland Half Marathon in September. I’m not putting “lose weight” as a goal, because I don’t think that’s a good thing to focus on for me. But running in a marathon with my mother and sisters will be a lot of fun, will challenge me physically, and will probably achieve the “lose weight” thing in the process.
  • Attend a convention of some sort. This is just something that I’ve been wanting to do and talking about doing for quite some time. I think it’s about time I actually did it.
[X-posted to my livejournal.]

2 Responses to “The New Year – A Grand Symbolic Gesture”

  • Tailwags Says:

    I found your blog when I searched for “train track in the alps” and found your entry about the Under the Tuscan Sun quote. When I read what your blog was about, I saw myself in you. For one thing, we share our first name–I’m an Andrea too. For another, I am working on goals similar to the ones you’ve set out in this post. Though I have published (three books with large or medium publishers), I’ve found continued success to be a bit elusive. I got sidetracked with the internet. And a week ago, I set what I think is the biggest goal I’ve ever set–to always find reasons to feel good. Whew–a challenging one.

    So I applaud your goals and wish you great success with them.

    Know that a fellow writer named Andrea is rooting for you! 🙂

    • Andrea Blythe Says:

      Thank you so much for visiting my website and for your kind comments. It is definitely quite a challenge, and the biggest part of that challenge for me right now, is making sure I stay committed to my writing goals. Get the writing done, so that I have the product to even submit.

      I think “always find reasons to feel good” is an excellent goal and certainly attainable. There are so many things about life worth loving. 🙂

      Out of curiosity…what are the names of your books?