Last year around this time, as many folks with (and without) blogs do, I listed some of my New Year’s resolutions. As 2011 draws near, I’d like to revisit my list of 10 aims for 2010 . . . and see how I fared.
My 2010 list [my current comments will be listed in brackets in purple]:
- Finish editing my manuscript. [At the time, I was working on my first manuscript, and I was in the middle of a *major* edit. Well, check! I did finish said edit . . . and did 1-2 more major overhauls throughout the year.]
- Begin the query process for the aforementioned manuscript. [Check. Yes, did this late January/early February and continued through April. I got a lot of hits on my query—thanks to all the fabulous peeps who helped me out with that—but I stopped around April after a new manuscript idea came to me and I was convinced there was must be something wrong with MS#1. I ended up doing another *major* edit of said manuscript over the summer, but I still haven’t queried with it because, quite frankly, I couldn’t stand the sight of MS#1 after July. I may revisit it at some point in the future, but for now . . . full speed ahead!]
- Come up with one of my insane-o schedules, and stick to it. [Um, yes—and no. I am always on an insane-o schedule. I wasn’t always as strict in terms of times (i.e., from 8-8:15—eat breakfast, etc.), but I wasn’t lying on my bee-hind very much—that’s for sure. All in all, happy with my accomplishment of this.]
- Work out. [Wavering check. I did this consistently for, I’d say, a little more than half the year. My summer traveling schedule threw me off my routine in a big way, and although I made a comeback in the fall, NaNoWraMo did me in!]
- Cut carbs & sodium. [Another wavering check. I thought about it all the time, but I wasn’t always as strict as I probably should have been. D’oh!]
- Drink more water. [Ditto above comment]
- Implement all my ideas for my online writing group, Shenandoah Writers Online. [Check—except, we’re the Write-Brained Network now. I did that for sure, and it took off far more than I believed it could have when I wrote the original post. Check!]
- Freelance, freelance, freelance. [I wasn’t crazy aggressive with this, but I did write for more than a few publications and blogs in 2010. I also did a lot of editing and critiquing, and I spoke at two writers’ conferences. Fiction is my main aim, so that’s where my focus lay, but I am v. happy with the amount of freelancing I did this past year—and I’ve got more than a few pieces lined up for 2011 already as well. Check-er-ooni!]
- Go to two to three awesome writing conferences. [Check. Check. Check. Check. I *spoke* at the Southeastern Writers Association conference and the Romance Writers of America national conference, and I also attended the Society of Southwestern Authors’ Wrangling with Writing conference as well as the James River Writers conference. All were full of awesome.]
- Finish my second YA manuscript—at least a first draft. [Check. Editing it now!]
Although there are about a hundred other things I need to do, I don’t want my list to get out of hand; so this is all I’ll write for now.
Overall grade: B
I’m giving myself a B because I pretty much accomplished everything I wanted to accomplish on my list. The worky-outy and dietary resolutions pulled me down a bit—just since I didn’t lose, like, a jillion pounds. But I don’t think my failure to be a swimsuit model should bring my overall grade into C- or below-range. I made a valiant effort with those things, and for the other aims, I more than made up in extra credit. There’s always 2011.
How did YOU do?