New Year’s To-Do List

A hangover is no time to start going to the gym and falling off machines or attempting a diet and missing out on McDonald’s greasy hash browns. It never mattered what my New Year’s resolutions were, I always crumbled on day one. I strongly suspect the hangover effect, but whatever the cause, starting another year as a failure made me miserable, so I long ago abandoned the notion of resolutions. However as 2010 came to a close and I reflected upon all the changes and upheaval in my life, I decided there were some things I wanted to accomplish in the new year.

The 2011 To-Do List was born. There’s no priority ranking on what has to come first, nor do they all have to be accomplished this month. Hopefully this way they’ll stick.

So, here it is, my list of 2011 earth shattering to-do’s. You can all hold me accountable now..

1. Figure out a source of income – the year of writing has ended.

2. Exercise – Dancing with my niece doesn’t count.

3. Rediscover the fruit and veggie food group – AKA: Eat healthier. 2010, the year of eating like crap, is over…

4. Start some volunteer work.

5. Finish all edits on Book#2 and submit to agents. *sharp intake of breath*

6. Move.

7. Continue reading and reviewing as much, if not more over at Novel Escapes.

8. Continue this personal blog with at minimum one entry per week.

Clearly I’m delusional and think there are 30 hours in each day.  Hopefully I’ll be able to sort it all out.  In the meantime I will focus on 2010’s mid-year resolution to actually write a novel and dwell on just how much I accomplished:

I started in June. I wrote 70,000 words in two months. I’ve since edited those words twice, resulting in a growth to 95,000. Then I started a NaNoWriMo novel, finishing just over 50,000 words in the month of November.  I wrote close to 150,000 words in 2010.  Apparently, if I put my mind to something I can accomplish it.

Now, who wants to remind me of this when I lose it during the insanity I have planned this year?

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2 thoughts on “New Year’s To-Do List

  1. In early December ’10, I was given the opportunity to hear the locally supported author speak at our public library. During the Q&A period, someone asked if she wrote at a set starting period of time, for a set duration or did she merely write when she was inspired. Her response will stay with me forever. She said “I only write when I am inspired, and I’m inspired everyday from 9AM to 2PM!”

    I wish you the very best with your writing, and look forward to your published work.

    -Derek

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