Friday, December 30, 2011

A New Year . . . and Resolutions

Anybody else coming?

It's that time of year to first look back and then ahead.

resolution - A firm decision to do or not to do something 
goal - The result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.

I know a lot of people hate the idea of New Years resolutions. I don't have a problem with them. I'm a goal-setting person and a list checker offer. I love the list I made for myself for the last part of December and the feeling of focus and accomplishment I felt as I've been marking things off.

I'm also realistic. No way will I always be able to achieve the goals I set. But if I don't strive for something--and keep a reminder of it in front of me--I'm guaranteed to do nothing.

And the "keep it in front of you" is important. One year on New Year's Day, I wrote a list of goals for myself for the year in my journal. One included writing in my journal every day.

Um . . . the following year on New Year's Day I opened that journal again for the first first time in a year and saw those goals again.

Epic fail!

Whether I call them resolutions or goals, these are mine for 2012:
  • Query A Change of Plans
  • Make changes suggested by editor
  • Go to Kaua'i for 10 days in January -- I know, this is a tough one, but I gotta visit the grandkids! *sigh* It's such a terrible sacrifice. NOT!
  • Finalize the cover  for A Change of Plans in case I self-publish
  • In February attend Life, the Universe, and Everything (LTUE)
  • In March go back to Kaua'i for grandson's baptism
  • In May attend Storymaker
  • Finish my 2011 NaNo project in time to give the published book to my granddaughter for her  birthday in July (she's the main character).
  • Work through issues with my SciFi project, including doing a simple outline for turning it into a trilogy
  • Attend League of Utah Writers Roundup
  • Get a basic outline for my 2012 NaNo project (sequel to A Change of Plans)
  • Attend the Authors Incognito retreat for NaNo
  • Be glad it's not an election year . . . for me.
What about you? Are you a resolution / goal person? Do you have some things you'd like to accomplish in 2012?


  1. Wow, you've really got it all mapped out!
    My biggest goal is to complete my third book by this summer.
    Happy New Year, Donna!

  2. I totally a goal person! Helps me stay sane :)

  3. Wow! It sounds like you'll be attending lots of conferences! That's awesome, and I'm a little jealous. Thanks to the teaching gig (which, you know, pays the mortgage and stuff), I can't attend many events like that. ;)

  4. These are awesome goals for the year!

  5. That's a nice comprehensive list. You are way more organized than I.

  6. You have awesome handwriting! Dude. Mine looks like a third grader's, lol.

    And you've got it all planned out. I think I need to come with you to Kaua'i. You know, moral support and all :)

  7. Great list! I did some resolutions for this year. I need to be more organized because I have quiet a few projects I want to finish.

  8. Resolutions/goals/lists...all good in my world!

  9. I'm more of a do it and it's done type of person. But wow you really map things out..haha

  10. Excellent goals, Donna! I wish I could put visiting Kauai on my resolution list :)

    All the best to you and your family in 2012!

  11. Good luck with your goals, Donna! I'll be querying this year, too. :)

  12. Loved the post Donna,I today wrote a poem about this past year in readiness for the future of the new year.

    Happy and healthy New Year to you Donna.


  13. Great goals, Donna. Sounds like it will be a great year. I'll see you at LTUE!

  14. Happy New Years, Donna :-)

    You've got great goals, but I must admit the one that gives me the warm and fuzzies is the story you want to finish for your granddaughter because she's the main character. How cool is that?

  15. Good luck with your goals!

    I'm a resolution/goal person. Though I'm still thinking about what I want to do in 2012 . . .

  16. Definitely a goal setter rather than a resolution maker. And I try not to set myself up for failure. My goals tend to be highly achievable.

    Happy New Year, Donna! May it be a blessed one! (And may we both find an agent in 2012!)

  17. Going to Kaua'i twice will be a reward for all your had work! How wonderful for you. I am going to try to exercise and diet more this coming year. I think that's it!

  18. Oh my gosh - your list is magnificent. Both of them, actually :)

    I am huge on resolutions and goals, but I haven't been "feeling" it yet, so I haven't set many. Pathetic, right? Ugh! I need to hop to it!

    However - I will see you at Storymakers and hopefully LTUE too! Wahoo!

  19. I like the idea of making resolutions and setting goals in the new year, except that the only reason New Year's Day is on January 1st is because a French king decided to rewrite the calender, making his birthday the first day of the year. Celebrating a king's birthday just doesn't feel right to me.

  20. Have fun in Kauai!! Yes I used to be a goal oriented, driven woman but now I take it all one day at a time. Healthier that way. Blessings to you for a wonderful New Year!

  21. I like your list! Sounds like you'll be busy. All my goals are in my head at the moment. I do need to write them down and post them above the desk. Now I just need to use the desk more when I work :). I know you'll get the story for your granddaughter in time. I know she'll love it.

    Have a happy New Year!

  22. HNY!

    why are there so many good writers' events in utah?
    maybe i need to move...

    way to be organized!


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