Jan 3, 2015

Obligatory Resolution List

So, I essentially disappeared during the holidays. Didn't expect that. It's not like I spent more time just browsing the web. Or writing (though I had expected that). I think some of the time went into baking and a lot went into actually seeing people (and that weekend up north with no network).

Also did not expect to wear antlers, but that happened too.

Regardless, the holidays simply blew by and while I wish they had been a little bit longer I don't regret missing out on blogging.

Though, now that it's Jan 3rd, I feel like I have to do the obligatory New Years Resolution post. Especially since, well, a lot of it involves writing and probably indirectly you guys too.

1) Go to the local cafe and write.  And not just to finish projects, but because my aerobics instructor mentioned running into a friend who looked like life had drained him and she mentioned having to do things that make you feel peaceful and refreshed. The only recent activity I could recall that had had effect on me was a two hour writing session at a cafe. I felt so much better, personally, after that time and I need to try to turn it into a regular, hopefully weekly, thing.

2) Just write more. Or edit more. Or something involving my original stuff and learn to weed out all the fan-fiction I've done.  Part of this is the weekly little art inspired stories I've started doing and hoping to do again more regularly now that the holidays have passed. This would probably also include starting to submit to places again. Pity Dutrope is no longer free.

3) Get on the Dean's List. Because school and grades are important for the career ahead.

4) The 2015 Reading Challenge. It's been going around online, but I now have a whole page dedicated to it. What can I say? Challenge accepted.

5) Following through on a marketing plan for this blog.  Which is actually a plan I've adopted from a school reading and will be blogging about to share the plan and how it goes to judge success and keep myself accountable. I'm doing it under my RL name, with a heavy marketing focus, but the plan is all for this author blog and if you guys want to go through the weekly tasks with me and market your own blogs, or provide insight based on what you're done, I welcome you over there.

I hope you guys all enjoyed the holidays, and I'm looking forward to hanging with you all this new one. But for no, it's my last family dinner for probably months and I'm going to enjoy it.

10 comments:

  1. This is going to sound silly now, but I have always wanted to sit and write in a cafe. Sadly our little village doesn't have one and my hubby doesn't have the patience to just sit in a cafe while I write. The joys of not being able to drive ;) I really liked your list and hope you have a great 2015. I just hit the follow button so I can keep and eye on your progress :) have a great day xx

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    1. Oh, I've lived in some small towns and I fully understand the problem finding accessible places to write. I'm super lucky my local cafe is only a block away ^_^ But I have found solace in the past just writing in a nearby park, or even on the couch while my family watches TV. Not to mention typing on long car trips. It's really more about setting aside time to do it, and then following through, as opposed to the space. But getting out of the house to write helps immensely.

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  2. Nifty plans for 2015, Gwen. I suck at resolutions, but one I do want to carry out this year is staying in touch with my blogger friends--so you'll be seeing more of me here :) Thanks for stopping over at Quiet Laughter yesterday, and happy new year!

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    1. I think I've made that goal to myself several times - staying more connected to people - and it always doesn't work like I want it to. Just like my goals of drinking more water on a daily basis. I hope you manage it though and I look forward to seeing you around more.

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  3. Good luck with your goals this year. =D

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  4. Submitting more is on my goal list for this year. I've got three things on submission at the moment, but they don't count because I sent them off last year. I can spend days researching markets, because I usually read through the whole site and follow links, and then forget at what point the tangent occurred! Good luck with those goals.

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    1. Oh, I get suckered into research so much. Usually for stories though. I'm curious, what sites do you use for market research?

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    2. I tend to just google 'short story magazines' and see what happens. I bookmarked this site at some point http://www.newpages.com/magazines/literary-magazines - but I don't know how up-to-date or useful. It might be a starting point though.

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  5. Belated Happy New Year Gwen. I look forward to seeing how your marketing stuff comes along x

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