2011 Resolutions in Review

I started with the skeleton of years past, fleshed it out with new thoughts, and completed with the regular mixed results that come from inconsistancy. However, there were also areas of growth that may not have furthered fulfilling the resolutions directly, but did help towards my finding my own awareness and focus… an important first step, eh?

What I can do:
1) (a) Write. The daily routine (250-500 words per day – on a project).
I’ve had higher goals in the past, but then when things got down to it, there were days that wouldn’t hit mark, and days that would sail clear over. Writing by hand (as I’ve been deciding to do for longer, more creative pieces), this means writing about one to two pages a day. Not necessarily a lot, but considering books are measured in pages, it’s not too bad of an idea. Besides. I will likely write a lot more, depending on how many projects I’m looking at, and that doesn’t even take into account any blog posts, or “non-project productive” things (emails) I might write.
Not quite as well as I had hoped… I slipped into a mental “decompression” after lots of focused writing as an undergraduate, and had a similar slide during the summer of 2010, right before the push to compile my graduate thesis. And hit hard this year (but again, awareness!) – I felt myself sliding, and wrote a few scenes and brain stormed some ideas, but most of the production was not until late in the year… more below.

1) (b) Write multiple things.
This isn’t to say “have a dozen projects going at once” (although I might, to some degree), but to write different types of things. To paraphrase the Book of Scalzi: Non-fiction/technical/editorial pieces may not be romantic, but they can pay pretty well, and there’s a lot more places for them. And those types of pieces are more likely to help pay bills while the fiction is still making the rounds.
I wrote an academic paper which was presented at Worldcon, which was, aside from the documents required for graduate school applications, the main extent of my non-fiction work.

1) (c) Marketing and sending submissions out.
A writer cannot be published if they do not send anything out.
A handful of submission through the middle of the year… no sales.

2) Get weight down… The ultimate goal will be to get to between 175-185 (target), but for now the idea is to get into (and stick with) a fitness routine, using some of the things that I’ve learned over the past year. For future reference, I’m starting the year between 215-220.
Starting 2012 at ~224. During the summer, I participated in a research study that measured average daily steps (aka – how many steps taken in a day) over a 12 week period. Didn’t use the information much during the year, but it’s helped me to put a few things into perspective as 2011 wound down. 

3) Read 30-40 “new” books.
I’ve got about 8-10 holdovers from my stack I started 2010 with. Along the way, between required “class” reading, I’ve added other books that glued themselves to my hand, preempting others from the stack. I’m going to try a list approach this year: 100 books. Pick about 75 titles as my “To Read” list, early on, and leave room for another 25 to be added from ones that may be picked up during the year.
32 books read, with a handful of partials that are rolling over into 2012. 

What I am hoping for:
1) (a) Writing output: Projects can be unruly, and what may start out as a good idea for a short grows longer with each synapse that fires. Novel ideas may only work as a sub-plot. What I would like to produce by the end of the year are some combination of the following: 1-2 novels (50k+ words), 2-3 polished short stories/novellas. 6-10 (academic) articles, nonfiction pieces, or other similar works.
As noted above, not so much…

1) (b) Publications/Presentations/Conferences: I’m brewing a couple of ideas for some academic papers that I would like to present at conferences. I am also looking at a writing conference/workshop late in the year, as well as trying to get into some “workshop” tracks at conventions (specifically looking at WorldCon, but maybe others).
Mentioned above, I presented at Worldcon… I was also able to get into a workshop session at Worldcon, I went to “Uncle Orson’s” Writing Workshop (the short version of his Bootcamp course). I also applied to Viable Paradise, and while I was not selected (due to some logistical issues), I have spoken a lot with the administrative staff and will be applying again for 2012.

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