Resolutions Schmesolutions

About three years ago on my personal blog, I decided to post Yearly and Monthly Goals. Because it seems like, in our culture, resolutions are doomed to fail. But goals are more attainable. Plus, when I achieve a goal, I can act like a Soccer Announcer and yell, “GOOOOOOOAAAAAL!”

But I’m pretty sure people will look at me like I’m crazy every time I yell “GOAL!” when I work out. So, maybe not so much.

However! I still call them Goals. So there! Nyah nyah nyah. And what are my goals, you ask? I have a lot this year. In fact, I would say I have a plethora of goals, but I’m only going to list my writing goals so I won’t bore you.

1. Do everything I possibly can to get an agent. Which can be broken down into the following subgoals:

a. Write the best damn book I can.

b. Write the best damn query letter I can.

c. Send those damn awesome things out!

2. Read 50 books this year, with at least 30 of those being YA.

3. Finish and edit FRACTURED RADIANCE and RED SKY (and query one of these).

4. Draft a 3rd book TBA. (Not TBD though … I already know what it is in my li’l ole head.)

I’m really excited about these goals. Seeing as last year I worked on “perfecting” the 130 pages of RED SKY I turned in as my thesis, and started a second draft of SPARKS, only to realize how terrible it was, then completely re-plot it and start over, and only read 25 books (I read a lot of articles for my paper last winter), I’m excited for more forward progression on actual books. My writing improved a lot. Now it’s time to put it to use.

So … if you haven’t yet posted your Schmesolutions for Oh-Twelve (hahaha) (and I recognize I’m very behind on this, but whatevs), what are your goals? And if you are awesome and have already posted your Schmesolutions, how’s it coming 11 days in?

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I write speculative fiction inspired by mythos from around the world, complex family dynamics, and my own experiences living with mental illness. After earning my BA in Linguistics from Brigham Young University in 2008, I received my MFA in Creative Writing from Converse College in 2012. I live in Denver, where my husband and I spend countless hours chasing our three young sons (and sometimes catching them!). I collect tarot decks, dye my hair mermaid colors, and procrastinate by decorating my home. My debut novel, Feathers Sharp as Knives, releases on May 2, 2023.

6 thoughts on “Resolutions Schmesolutions

  1. I find that if I keep my go-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-ls!!! to myself, then no one is disappointed and I maintain criticism at a manageable level.

    Well now, there you got me. I’ve already blown my primary goal – to not disclose my goals….you are a tricky one, little girl!! (insert here modicum of frowning face – a la Meghan McCain)

  2. Gooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal!

    Nah, mine are pretty similar. Finish a draft of the current book plus a revision of the last one, possibly a revision of the current one, as well as submitting some short stories for publication and trying to get an agent. Plus, looking for a real-world job to start after finishing grad school. Ahhh…so much…

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