One Crowded Year

2011 was a banner year for me. I got my first full-time job (a writing job!), I traveled overseas for the first time, I shelved my first novel and finished the first draft of my second, I found my first critique partner (hi, Shari!) and I started this blog.

These were my 2011 resolutions, posted in December of last year:

1. Read more books than I did in 2010
Maybe achieved? I didn’t keep track this year because after I got that job I figured there would be no way I’d achieve this goal. Then I went overseas and came back with a suitcase full of books!

2. Have some sort of conclusion regarding my first book, whether that’s a sale or retirement.
As I’ve already mentioned, I made the decision to shelve this one before I started Restless. I’m really happy I made this decision. It was a really important step for me, and I’ve come so far since.

3. Finish the first draft of another book.

4. Make progress on research/planning for Secret Project
Honestly, I have no idea what the Secret Project was. Maybe I should be less secretive about my resolutions next year!

5. Travel to the US
Insert Big Grin here!

6. Secret goal to do with day job
This one I had to be secretive about, as I couldn’t really announce I was looking for a new job before I quit the old one. For the record, my old workplace knew and was totally supportive about my plans. Over 50 people applied for the job, and after two stages of interviews and a trial period, I got it! And now I write for a living! Wheee!!!

Tick, tick, tick 😀

Funny thing is, I have a feeling 2012 might just be bigger. I haven’t made resolutions yet, but here are a few things on the horizon:

– Getting a puppy (chocolate labrador), which will be happening sometime around March, we think. Turns out dog pregnancy is as difficult to plan as human pregnancy. (Hopefully no one skim-reads this and gets the wrong idea).
– Buying a house (which means setting up my office – wheee!!)
– Finishing and querying my second novel
– Starting my third novel
– Reading many, many fabulous books
– A short trip of some kind (the snow? Hawaii? Who knows?)

We have these Quote-A-Day calenders at work, and the other day one came up that really resonated with me. This isn’t the actual quote because I can’t remember it, but it was something close to this: “If you want to know your future, look at what you are doing in this moment.” That’s something I really believe in wholeheartedly. And yes, at this moment I am writing a blog, but tomorrow morning I will be waking up early, packing my laptop and heading to my favorite cafe to write for a couple of hours. And the next day, I’ll also be writing. I call myself a writer, but I can only do that because I’ve spent hours sitting down and writing. What do you want to be? Who do you want to be? Do that. Today. Now. Right this moment, and every moment you can possibly squeeze out of the day after it. Be the person you want to be. Create the future you want to have.

Oh, yeah. Something else you should know about me: Sometimes I get a little preachy about dreams and goal-making. Don’t worry, you’ll get used to it.

So how did my first week of revising go? Pretty awesome. I figured it would be good if I kept a digital graph, as well as a physical one. You know, so you can actually see it. But because I couldn’t be bothered fiddling with excel at this time of night, here’s a word count meter instead:

8000 / 70000 words. 11% done!

You may remember my weekly goal is 5000, so happy with my progress so far.

Anyway, sleep beckons (remember that early morning I have planned?), so I’ll bid you goodnight, and happy dreaming. I hope what you do this weekend makes you happy and helps you to see the future 🙂

Barista Beth. I really hope someone recognises where I'm standing!
One Crowded Year

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