It’s that time of year again. The time where everyone makes over exaggerated promises to themselves under the guise of a fresh start. Convince themselves that this was the time of year they were waiting for. A new beginning. Yes, I’m talking about those dreaded New Year’s Resolutions. I’m a member of that guilty faction, and in order to hold myself somewhat accountable for them, I’m publicly announcing them. Maybe, just maybe I’ll hold to them…until February at least.
It’s no secret I like urban fantasy. I read urban fantasy. I write urban fantasy. I’m in this little corner of the literate world out there and I feel like I need to stretch a little further. New Year’s Resolution #1 is to read at least one book a month that is not of the fantasy persuasion. Last year I read a few. Dan Brown’s Lost Symbol for one…if there’s a second one, I can’t recall. First up for January is either The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo or maybe Kelley Armstrong’s Nadia Stafford books. Or maybe even Stephen King’s On Writing. I’ve been meaning to read them, but they keep falling further down my TBR pile.
New Year’s Resolution #2 is to finally query my novel. Either of them. The adult or the YA. Of course that means completeing the first draft of the YA so my betas can have at it or finally finishing the rewrite of my adult urban fantasy that I’ve been “in the middle of” since summer. Of course, this then leads into New Year’s Resolution #3…
Write at least 500 new words a day. The key word here is “new.” Not editing, but actual words. 500 words is a piece of cake…when you actually site down a do it. 500 words a day is roughly 15,000 a month. That’s a lot of words, and by the way, I am giving myself a little leeway on this: if I scrap a scene during my revisions and completely rewrite it, I’m counting that as “new” and not “editing.” Don’t argue. You’ll lose.
New Year’s Resolution #4 is attend a con. There’s actually two that I’m eyeing up because they’re fairly small and relatively close: The Pennwriter’s Conference in Pittsburg in May and the Author’s After Dark conference in Philly in August. Now AAD is a romance conference, but I figure there’s so much to learn that (a) it doesn’t matter and (b) don’t most stories have romantic elements anyways? So it counts, and it’s on the table. Besides, some of the fantasy I read is romance. Though Backspace is having a one day Donald Maas workshop, but the price…*sigh*
I have other resolutions including getting my website up and running, blogging more, photographing more, losing weight...blah, blah, blah. But those four are my big ones, my goals. If I accomplish nothing else in 2011, I’ll be happy. Scratch that. Ecstatic. What about you? What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Suggestions for my non-urban fantasy reading list? Cons to attend on the East Coast?