I’m not one on starting the new year off and saying I’m going to do loose fifteen pounds by February 15. It’s never happened before and I’m not sure why I would think starting now is anything different than on December 31st.
But I am a big fan of goals and I’m an even bigger fan of attainable goals. So this year, I’m setting goals and I’m telling y’all about them so at the end of 2010, I can come back and let you know how I did.
Last year, I didn’t really have any goals, other than come home from Iraq and land an agent. I managed to do both, except that the agent part didn’t really stick. So I’m on the agent hunt again, and that’s okay. And making it home safe and sound from Iraq is an extra bonus that’s a whole ‘nother adventure in and of itself.
Last year, I started a group blog for military romance called Romance Roll Call. I’m hoping to provide a resource for those who love military romance, both reading and writing it, as well as for those of us who are simply military writers. So that was really great and the blog continues to build.
I think I learned to write last year by working with an incredible critique partner. By working with her, I learned to revise my own stuff better, though not, entirely, without hiccups. I also learned to let go, more than once, and how to deal with an utter and complete inability to write (accept it and take time to refill the well).
Last year, I realized that I was not going to finish reading a book that wasn’t compelling to me. There are too many amazing books out there to waste time on one that doesn’t really grab hold and pull me into its world.
This year, however, is different. This year, I want to get an agent who really wants me and my body of work as a client and is willing to say here’s what we need to do, let’s go. I hope the book I’m working on now will be the book that gets me out there.
This year, I will be better at being a mom. Granted, last year, I had no time being a mom, other than an absentee one, but this year, I’m going to focus on what’s really important: my kids. I don’t get that time back and they need me more than anyone else does.
The only other thing I’m going to do is keep reading. I’m absolutely positive that I won’t have the same amount of time to read in the States as I had in Iraq, but I’m not going to give up the passion I was able to rediscover this past year. There are books I’m simply dying to read that are coming out soon and I’m going to read them, not just stick them on my book shelf!
So that’s it. Those are my goals. You might notice I did not put sell a novel on there. I can’t control that. I can’t control if I land an agent, but I certainly hope I do. So we’ll see how it goes.