First, I guess I should revisit my 2012 writing goals:
Goal 1: 1hr creative writing 5x/week.
First two-thirds of the year: #fail. However, I turned this around in the last third of the year. In September, I did the TC Mini-Nano. In October, I did the 250 words a day challenge. In November, I did NaNo—I didn’t “win” but I wrote a lot. In December, I started the 500 words a day challenge and my final word count for the month was almost 19k.
Goal 2: draft of dissertation by end of year.
Argh, no. But I have made a lot of progress since September. I still hope/plan to have the thing done in 2013.
Goal 3: blog 3x/week.
Yes, check. Ok, so it wasn’t a nice M-W-F three times a week, but I posted 165! times in 2012, which works out to an average of 3.17 times / week. I’ll call this one a #win.
Goal 4: 366 project.
366 terrible haiku written. Check. And blargh. Never again.
I guess I did learn something (didn’t I already know this?): every day for a month = fun challenge. Every day for a year = enough already. My attention span rebels at the year-long challenge.
Also in 2012:
I wrote 4 articles + 2 editorials + 2 reviews for TC:
- The Toasted Cheese Wish Book: Books by TC Authors, December 2012
- Keeping a Commonplace Book, November 2012
- Face Your Writing Fears, June 2012
- Beyond NaNoWriMo: Writing Challenges for Everyone, January 2012
- Like Alice, TC 12:4 (December 2012)
- Don’t Forget the Confetti, TC 12:3 (September 2012)
- Review of Evidence of Murder, TC 12:4 (December 2012)
- Review of The Toucan Magazine, TC 12:2 (June 2012)
I finally bought my own domain. Professionalism!
I entered a writing contest. (I wrote something! I submitted it! #win)
I read a bunch of books. It was a pretty good reading year with only one real clunker (I’m looking at you, King of Torts). Best fiction: Ayiti. Best nonfiction: Quiet.
Susannah Conway suggests selecting a word to represent the upcoming year. Sure, why not? So my word is…
Haha! Expecting something else, were you?
Aloha because it means both goodbye and hello and 2013 is a year I hope to say goodbye to some things (The Dissertation) and hello to some new things.
Aloha because it also means (amongst other things): love, affection, compassion, mercy, sympathy, kindness, grace, charity. And we could all use more loving-kindness in our lives.
And aloha because Hawaii is going to be my reward to myself for finishing The Dissertation. (I have one vote for Kauai—anyone else care to weigh in?)
- continue with 500 words a day challenge (see sidebar)
- write at least one essay + submit it
- read more books, especially fiction (b/c reading novels makes me happy)
- keep a reading journal (i.e. jot down notes/page numbers while reading so it’s easier to write about them afterward. efficiency ftw.)
- keep on top of my book posts!
- blog better (i.e. more posts other people might actually be interested in reading)
- tweet about new blog posts (i.e. get over my squeamishness about self-promo)
- work on a business plan
- start a sketchbook
- snail mail (admit it. you’d love to get a letter, a card, a postcard.)
- finish The Dissertation