Farewell and Hello: Reflecting on the Year Past, Goals for the Year Present


In 2015, I published three books, submitted one, negotiated debuting (for better or for worse), made friends, lost friends, ended one dayjob, moved, started a new dayjob, started freelance editing, got involved in a large literary community brawl, wrote as a freelance blogger, went to a new conference, took care of my mental health, started and ended a relationship with someone I care deeply about, and learned. Learned so much. I read 61 books, most of which I loved.I struggled with mental health, honesty, time management, focus, optimism, rejection, disappointment, and life upheaval.I have always struggled with setting and achieving goals. I keep working on this.This year, I made this list and shared with writer friends (and just plain friends) Tristina Wright and Nita Tyndall. This is slightly edited because publishing/secrets ;)

1. I would like to write my next romance book by the end of February to stay on track for its plans.
2. I'd like to write another YA this year--waiting to discuss my WIPs with my agent in early February to see which she likes best!
3. I would like to draft a middle grade novel and a picture book.
4. I would like to only take on TWO freelancing projects a month and actually stick to that.
5. I would like to limit my social media to 4 hours a day or less and stick hard to my Friday to Saturday Shabbos social media breaks. And also start fewer Twitter fights.
6. I would like to blog here at least once a week.
7. I would like to write one or two posts for a bigger site (like The Toast, xoJane, etc)
8. I would like to write 10k a week. However that happens is fine. But I would like a 10k a week goal.
9. I would like to take a vacation by myself somewhere, on my own, because I am very bad at being by myself, off the grid, and I think it's important for me to learn this.
10. I would like to read 100 books, so that means I need to read 40 more than last year. That's a lot.
11. I would like to read 1 nonfiction book every month.
12. I would like to write, workshop, and revise a short story, potentially for publication.
What are your goals?