Monday, January 03, 2011

New Years Resolution-- Goals

Happy New Years--- belated.

It's Monday, the first Monday most of us are returning to our normal lives.  No more vacations.  No more sleeping in.  Now we have to return to work.  Reality.  Lame.

I'll be honest, I've been struggling on what I can blog about for a while.   It seems like 2010 was a crapfest for most of America-- I thought I was sort of Meh about the whole year,  I didn't love it, I didn't hate it. 

But 2011 it has a special feeling doesn't?  Can you feel the excitiment?  Can you?  Bizillions of new books are coming out.  Even the internet seems hopeful.

I don't do resolutions... mostly because it's a hard word to spell and it makes me think of pixels for some reason. 
I do goals.

Goals are achievible.
Goals you can write down and check off. 

Real life goal:
As always spend more time with the family and be in constant awe of what a cool kid I have. (She really is)
Say at least one nice thing to my hubby a day.  He's a good guy and doesn't get enough credit for it.

Professional goals
Grade papers in a timely manner.
Do at least one TOTALLY new lesson for every unit.
Try to keep my classroom slightly cleaner then it is.

Writing goals
SEND OUT QUERY FOR NO SYSTEM AT ALL-  After 3 years, and like 15 drafts, I finally feel like it's at a place where I can send it out.  I know, I know, I've said it before.  But I'm going to send it out to an agent who nicely requested it and then if that doesn't work out, I'll start to query in March.  I have the newest Guide to Literary Agents, I feel like I have NO REASON not to use it .

Revise New York Karma--- I haven't opened the document in over a year.  I think it's a deep and profound fear I have of rejection as to why I haven't worked on it.  Because then I'd have to query that one too.

Rewrite Penny and Hank--- As my writers group keeps telling me, Hank's voice is wrong and I need to fix it.  So some time in 2011 I'll do it.

Reading Goals

Read AT LEAST two books a month--- after all YA HIGHWAY keeps asking me which book was the best one of the month. 

Most important Goal

HAVE FUN-- everyday.