Monday, January 7, 2013

In Which We Reflect On 2012

Well, we're about a week into the new year. I've already had one cold (hence no post on Friday) so that has to be my quota for the year, right? RIGHT?

Anyway, I thought today would be a good day to look back on my 2012 goals to see how I did. And then next Monday I'll probably write up some new goals. I have some in mind, but haven't actually sat down to think about any others.

Okay, so here were my goals for 2012:

2012 Goals

  1. Query Glimpse of Another Shore
  2. Query Break Free
  3. Finish another novel
  4. Sell another short story
  5. Attend a writer’s conference
  6. Join a new crit group or find some more crit partners
  7. Go on a date
  8. Lose weight
  9. Read 60 books
All right, let's break these down some more:
1. Check. I did Query Glimpse, up until the end of April. Then I stopped because I wanted to query Break Free and while I know some people query more than one MS at a time, I'm just not one of those people. I make enough query mistakes without doubling up
2. Check. I took a short break (well, I guess it was more like 4 months) for some requested revisions, but now I'm back at it and plan to keep querying into 2013
3. Check. All That Remains clocks in at a whomping 110K, but I've started revisions and am hoping I can get that down with a new beginning the removal of an extraneous character
4. Not check. BUT! I have 2 out on sub right now. If you think querying is slow going, short story subs are glacial. So slow.
5. Check. I hit Wiscon. And while it's not only a writer's conference, I tended to stick to the writerly panels. It was a lot of fun
6. Uncheck. I had a few new online CPs, but they've all vanished into the ether. I came close to joining 2 new local ones in in the cities, but one had older members and they were uncomfortable with swears or off screen sex (both of which I tend to have in my writing) and the other is full up, though I'm on a waiting list. Le Sigh. On the plus side, we did add another member to my Hannah and Teebore writing group, and that's been awesome! We actually have our first 2013 meeting tonight. Woo!
7. Check.
8. Check and uncheck. I lost 15 pounds early in the year. But then I gained 10 of it back. So I'm still down 5, but I still need to lose a lot more.
9. Check! With about a week or two to spare.
So how about you guys? How did your 2012 treat you?


Maria Zannini said...

You did great!

My 2012 was a little rough. We had two puppy deaths and nearly lost Tank so it was tense. But I have high hopes for 2013.

But then I always have high hopes. :)

Glad to see you again, Sarah.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Not bad!!
Sorry you're having trouble finding and keeping critique partners or a group. I've never looked locally for a group and would be bummed if there was a waiting list.

Patti said...

That's a lot of checks. I'd be pretty excited about that.

Crystal Collier said...

Way to make go!. I think if I wrote out my list like you, I'd make more progress. =) Nice work.

Matthew MacNish said...

I can help with 6! I mean sure, technically you've already critted for me, but I haven't returned the favor yet. So all we have to do is both finish what we're working on right now.

Teebore said...

I wonder if you got the same cold I'm fighting - the slow simmering one that never quite blows up into total misery, but lingers for days and days.

I haven't weighed myself recently because I'm afraid I regained some of what I lost earlier in the year. I'm going to wait until I've burned off some of this holiday weight to check again.

Southpaw said...

You did awesome! It's interesting there is a waiting list. Perhaps if the list is long enough they can split off into a second group?

Johanna Garth said...

Awesome list of goals and accomplishments. I think you should be proud of yourself!!

Catherine Stine said...

You're so organized! I need to make a To-Do list.
I did just add you to my blogroll. Got that done!

Hannah Kincade said...

Well, you know how my year went. :) And I'll be seeing you tonight for more fun and games.

Kelley Lynn said...

Wow. Great job!! I don't set goals but you guys who do inspire me :)

Janel Gradowski said...

Great job with reaching so many of your goals! I need to do the whole losing weight thing, too - but it's just. so. hard! Other than that I'm rolling on a new culinary fiction series and want to publish at least two(hopefully more)volumes in 2013.

Kristin Rae said...

I love that you go back and see how things ended up at year end! And no details on the date, huh?! ;)

vic caswell (aspiring-x) said...

i'm with kristin. #7. details. posthaste.

Jamie Gibbs said...

Sounds like it was a great year for you :) I didn't really have any goals last year, but I think I'll make some this year. I'd actually like to write something substantial to be submitted :)


LD Masterson said...

Kudos on accomplishing so many checks. Far better than I did. Maybe you can be a good enfluence on me this year. :-)

Misha Gericke said...

You did great! Good luck for 2013. :-)

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, you did great!

DL Hammons said...

If I were grading, you'd get an A+ :)

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