1. Do better on my goals than last year.
Seriously! Did you see yesterday’s post? This year I’m going to print out the list and stick it up in my office or use it as wall paper on my lap top or something so I don’t forget about it.
2. Use the database I created.
There are a couple of reasons I need to have an up-to-date book list. One, so I know what books I already have so I don’t buy duplicates, and two, if there’s ever a fire and my books go up in smoke, I’ll want to know what needs to be replaced. Also, I’m kinda curious as to just how many books I have, and what the proportions of fiction to non-fiction and the categories within my fiction reading.
3. Stay on top of my poetry.
The problem with getting organized is that you have to keep it up. As some of you may know, I started a new blog for just my poetry, but so far all it’s getting is duplicate posts from my Thursday Passion for Poetry. It would be nice to do a little more with it. I’d also like submitting some poetry this year - I don’t know why I keep putting it off. I have started a poetry chap book and this should be finished soon. I also plans for two more and it would be nice to get them done in time for my reading in September, but I’m not counting on it.
4. Be a more productive writer.
Four full drafts are too many to have just sitting around. I will finish these books – one at a time. Then I will either start subbing these books or self-publish these books. It will depend on the book.
5. Lose weight.
Okay, no more farting around with this. Watching what I eat is not the problem here, lack of exercise is. I am setting up the rowing machine in the rec room and I will start using it.
6. I will make good use of the social networks.
There are two reasons for this. One, it will help me as a writer to put myself out there. Two, it will help my business.
7. Read judiciously.
Part of me thinks I should set my reading goal at 100 books this year. You should always set a higher goal than the previous year, right? But the other part of me thinks I’ll set my reading goal at a more reasonable 80 books, but perhaps read a wider variety. Last year’s list was probably 80% romance or romance related. Let’s see if I can sneak in some more non-fiction this year.
Happy 2011 everyone! May we all meet our goals and then some!