We're halfway through January, but it's never too late to think about goals for the year. In fact, I make (and break) resolutions all the time. Here are some goals I'm thinking about right now.
One new story completed and submitted every month. Last year I did very little writing. I finished two stories, and one of those was co-written. My excuses for this: I started a new job in a new industry with lots to learn, and this sucked up my attention and left little space in my brain for creative pursuits; and also I've suffered from some depression on and off. This year will be better. Already I've completed and submitted one story, which leaves me 11 more to go.
Resume my involvement in writer groups. Without realizing I did it, I withdrew from participating in writers groups last year. I want to get back involved.
Read at least one book I've never read before every month. I haven't been reading much, either. I read novels with my kids at bedtime (currently Warrior Cats and Doug Adams), but I don't read much for myself. In a first step toward fixing this, I'm currently reading "The Book of Dust," by Philip Pullman.
Take care of myself. I haven't done a great job of this lately. I haven't been eating well or exercising. I've been neglecting some basics like getting my hair cut (haven't done that since last winter) and buying new clothes. I take care of everyone in my family except me. This is a chronic problem. If one of my kids develops a cough that won't quit, I take them to the doctor; if I develop a similar cough, I tell myself it'll go away on its own. Why do I neglect myself? I don't know. But it needs to stop.
That's it for now. That's plenty for any one person.
One last unrelated comment: To those who posted comments on this blog or in other places tell me you enjoyed my Joe Ledger story, thank you. It means a lot to me.