So… these were my writing-ish goals for 2014:
- Finish the Dissertation. No, really. Stick a freaking spork in this thing. [hahaha. ok, so I got it to almost-done, and then I got distracted. see below.]
- Move TC (the lit journal) to WordPress. [YES! YES, I DID THIS.]
- Establish freelance editing business. [I made some moves in that direction at the beginning of the year, but then other things took precedence.]
- Keep record of words written (so I don’t have to answer with a vague ‘maybe?’ to 500-words-a-day challenge question next year ;)). [Yeah, no. zzz.]
- Bonus: Do something creative with my Tumblr. (deliberate vagueness!) [Also no.]
Ok, so what happened is I applied to teach a class and was hired, so I got distracted with that. (I knew this would happen, which is why I stuck with TAing for so long. But I really like this class–it’s feminism/info tech, so…) Getting it all organized, syllabus & stuff, in July/Aug, and then teaching it for the first time in the fall. Anyway, I’m teaching the same class this semester, so it should be easier. So back to the neverending dissertation I go… (blah. I’m so over it, tbh. which is how I’ve felt at the end of every degree, so… I think that’s a good thing?)
Usual TC contributions:
- Excerpts From My Commonplace Book: On Not Writing, December 2014
- What We Were Reading in 2014: Recommended by the Editors, November 2014 (with Stephanie Lenz)
- Tales From the Inbox: Baker & Beaver Discuss First Reading, September 2014 (with Stephanie Lenz)
- What Sets You Apart: On Valuing Your Own Experience, August 2014
- What Writing Is Really Like, March 2014
I’m getting good at doing “cheat” articles 😉 And I love co-writing in docs with Steph. The September article was so fun to write.
- Speak Your Truth, TC 14:3 (September 2014)
- See the World, TC 14:2 (June 2014)
- Brick by Brick, TC 14:1 (March 2014)
What else? Oh, I started those “some things I read this month” posts b/c I read more than just books. I like those, will continue. And I started making Pinterest-friendly images for our articles at TC b/c I noticed we were getting lots of traffic from there. TC’s traffic is wayyyy up since I moved everything to WordPress, so I’m pretty stoked about that. Also, I did like a comic thing for the March AB article and Steph and I started doing podcasts. Look at me, putting my drawings and voice on the interwebs. So yeah, I may have failed at most of my named goals for the year, but (THE) OPPOSITE was an excellent word-of-the-year choice. My track record of being better at just doing things than setting/meeting goals remains intact.
With that said, I have just one writing goal for 2015: FINISH THE DAMN DISSERTATION.
And my word for the year is: OPEN.