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What are your goals for the new year—for reading, writing, or other?
I’ve never been that amazing as setting and keeping goals. My goals tend to be impossibly lofty or underwhelmingly attainable. So this year we’re going to try for the happy medium that lands somewhere in between.
That means that my reading list has been pared down to less than two books a month. This is mostly due to the fact I’m going to be slammed during this school year, plus I want to leave time to read the new YA releases that come out. Unfortunately, this reading list makes it seem like I’m rather illiterate, but I’m not, I promise. I’d like to think that I have some sort of credibility for not only reading Les Miserables (unabridged!), but actually wanting to read it. My biggest frustration has been my inability to finish projects, books, WIPs, etc. So at the end of every month, I’m going to recheck this list and see where I’m at. Splitting it into manageable, measurable chunks helps me pretend like I’ll be able to juggle 40 hours at the job plus 10 school credits plus whatever wild and unimaginable projects and stories I dream up. I’m taking this last week of vacation to catch up on my letter writing and mod podge a few canvases. Oh, and finish The Great Gatsby.
Fiction to read or finish (starred):
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald*
- North & South by Elizabeth Gaskell*
- Watership Down by Richard Adams
- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville*
- Persuasion by Jane Austen*
- Dune by Frank Herbert
Fiction to reread:
- Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
- LOTR + The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
Non-fiction to read or finish (starred):
- The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson*
- Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
- Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer*
- Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis*
- A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken*
Revision: Split A’s first draft into two books. Then tear it apart and cut out those three characters you don’t need. This story broke your heart to write. Now you go break it.
Writing: Take that NaNo mishmash and finish it. Then strip it to studs and rebuild. There’s a story in there somewhere.
Writing: String together the fifty parts of J & B’s story. You don’t need software or corkboard or a wall of excerpts and photos to do it. You know exactly what you need to do to turn it into the storyline that you’ve been dreaming about for the past year.
Budget. You have one. Stick to it.
Friends: Write to E every week. Write to the Ws, Fs, and Bs every month. Write to H twice a month.
Family: Get together for game night once a week.
Exercise: Buy a gym membership so you can start running again. Twice a week for the first four months.
Hobbies: Make a marionette.
And that’s it, folks! What are your goals for 2013?