10 Aims for 2010 Update: How Am I Doing?

I’ve been in a funk—haven’t slept well (or much), have had all these ideas, have been stressed about said ideas.

I feel aimless—so many things I want to do, all the time in the world to do them.  But I want them all now—and the result is that I can’t get going on any of them. So I do my nails.

1:22 A.M.? Child's play.

Apparently, that’s my new procrastination thing:  I sit at my laptop, let the 100 things on my mind swirl, and then I cut my cuticles.  File my nails.  Paint them with gunmetal nail polish (hell yeah!).  And then, a day later, I’ve peeled the polish and nibbled the tips as part two of the process.

Maybe it’s not that I’m aimless—maybe I’ve been aimed at too much?

Recently, someone asked me how I’m doing on my New Years’ resolutions, so I decided to revisit them.  Here’s the original post.

So, how am I doing?

  • Finish editing my manuscript. Check.
  • Begin the query process for the aforementioned manuscript. Check.
  • Come up with one of my insane-o schedules, and stick to it. Not so much. While I devised a very anal plan in March, it was short-lived.  I blame sickness, insomnia, and lazyassery.
  • Work out. Check.  I want to be bathing-suit ready by vacation in July.  I’m on my way!
  • Cut carbs & sodium. Check.  I’ve also been reducing caffeine—which, for me, is huge.  (Heh-maybe that’s why I can’t get anything done!) This could be a little more consistent, but I’m pretty happy with what I’ve done so far.
  • Drink more water. Check.  But I need to drink more.
  • Implement all my ideas for my online writing group, Shenandoah Writers Online.  Check.  We currently have over 40 members!  The challenge now is to keep it up and keep growing.  It’s difficult to stay motivated with it at times because not everyone is as involved as I’d like them to be, but these things take time.  Luckily, I’ve got a good crop of folks who are as jazzed about it as I am, and I couldn’t be happier about all the help they’ve given me.  SWO is definitely becoming a nice resource for writers!  (*cough cough* I’m always looking for more help, though, so holla if you would likemore info on how to join the group!)

    That's what I call aim, baby!

  • Freelance, freelance, freelance. Check.
    • Conferences piece for 2011 edition of Guide to Literary Agents
    • Interviewed lit agents for the GLA blog
    • Written guest posts
    • Interviewed and profiled my fellow Southeastern Writers Association presenters
    • Interviewed Miss Virginia USA for the May issue of Northern Virginia Magazine
    • Interviewing script agents and managers for the 2012 edition of Guide to Literary Agents
    • Developing a few other pieces to pitch to writing mags

For some reason, I feel like I’m not doing enough.  But, as I look at it here, I guess I’m wrong—and as my husband pointed out, this has gotten in the way of my WIPs (works in progress), so maybe it’s time I chill a little (<— yeah, as if I’m capable of doing that).

  • Go to two to three awesome writing conferences. Check and check.  While I haven’t gone to either *yet,* I’m teaching at two this summer: Southeastern Writers Association and Romance Writers of America!  I’m still looking for a third—in the fall, perhaps.  Suggestions?
  • Finish my second YA manuscript. Not so much. My original idea was to do my own NaNoWriMo (or RiNoWriMo, as the hubs called it!) in March and bang out a first draft.  I plotted it out and started it; however, I allowed freelancing to get in the way.  Since then, I’ve had several thoughts about it and even came up with a not-fully-fleshed-out idea for a different novel.  Now, I need to decide which to work do—they both stew in my brain for now.

Being that it’s only four months into 2010, I suppose I’m pretty happy with my progress.  The second novel is my next big goal.  And being that my IRL writing group wants to do a “ShenNoWriMo” in May, I should be able to at least get going on my WIPs.

How are you doing with your New Years’ resolutions?


8 thoughts on “10 Aims for 2010 Update: How Am I Doing?

  1. Way to go! I’m not quite as far along as you are with resolutions. But I’m way ahead of where I thought I was until I actually checked, if that makes sense. Good luck with the rest of them!

  2. “I feel aimless—so many things I want to do, all the time in the world to do them. But I want them all now—and the result is that I can’t get going on any of them. So I do my nails”

    haha that’s what I do. I mean, not the nails thing, but when my mind is whirling I often end up staring blankly at the monitor or playing videogames. Sometimes good things come out of that, I’m convinced it helps making a selection and putting things into an order.
    The difficult part is convincing people you’re working:)
    As for the rest, I just realized that I forgot I even had New Year’s resolution at all, so I suppose I have to thank you for that:)

    • Paolo,

      I’m glad you do the same thing – that makes me feel better.

      And thank you for saying it’s still “working” – I didn’t think about it that way, but yes, it does help detangle my thoughts!

      Re: your resolution: Did you forget it and then realize you actually did it? That would be great! 😉

  3. I think you’re doing a great job, Ricki! Look at how many “check”s are on that list. You GO! But I do hear you on the procrastination station. I get a cup of coffee and then head to my computer, promise myself only a couple of blogs (see, I’m procrastinating right now!), and then, like, TWO HOURS LATER I’m all, “Cripes! The WIP!” LOL. Timed writing for me today – a chapter in an hour, no holds barred. We’ll see how I do! Good luck on the rest of your resolutions!

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