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I realize it’s a little late in the month for New Year’s resolutions, but I figure late is better than never, and besides, I’ll never keep to all (or any) of them. In fact, I’m generally not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions; I find it a bit twee, and lacking in any real substance. However, there are a few things I’d like to improve upon over the following few weeks and months, and if the New Year is an excuse to set them down in writing, then I’m game for it.
Following on somewhat from last week’s posts about lists, here is a list of the things I would like to accomplish over the next year:
1. Blog more.
This is a big one. As a writer, I should be writing all the time. Having said that, I posted 44 entries on satiswrites.com last year; that doesn’t even average once a week! Most of them were posts of chapters from The Redemption of Erâth, too, which means the total number of actual blog posts, such as Thought of the Week, were absolutely minimal. There are 49 weeks left in this year, and I want to commit to posting at least one post a week in the Thought of the Week category. I also want to resurrect a few other categories, such as Music I Love and Daily Photos.
2. Read more.
This is also a big one. As a writer, there’s no excuse for not reading, yet I simply don’t do it. I want to read at least one (just one!) book to myself—that is to say, not a book I read to Little Satis for bed time, although those stories have been immensely enjoyable. I also want to read more of your words, which leads to …
3. Interact with the blogging community more.
There are so many incredibly talented, intelligent and worthwhile people out there writing their hearts out for others to read, and I really want to get back into the community that made my blog worth writing in the first place. I want to commit to spending at least some time each week reading through the WordPress.com Reader, and liking/commenting on a handful of posts when I do. In particular I want to read/watch more of what my very good writing friend Alexandra Corinth has to say.
4. Lose weight.
This isn’t so crucial, but I’m about 20 lbs overweight, and I’d like to shed some of that over the next few months if I can. I hate you, exercise bike.
5. Publish The Redemption of Erâth: Exile.
This is huge. I managed to get The Redemption of Erâth: Consolation published by July 2014; I’d very much like to see a summer launch for Exile if it’s within the realms of possibility. Whether this means self-publishing again, or seeking agent representation, I don’t know, but I don’t want to keep my (currently very few) fans waiting longer than they need to!
There are plenty more things I’m sure I’d like to accomplish, but I think I’ll leave it at five for the moment: I don’t want to tax myself too much!
What are your resolutions for this year?
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