Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Putting off the resolutions. That can't be good.

I like making New Year's resolutions: new beginnings, clean slate, blah blah blah...
In years past, I'd mulled and made my list by Dec. 28th, -- noon on the 29th at the very latest (I'm a plotter!) ... but this year I've been procrastinating and I'm not sure why. The sooner I make them the sooner I'll fail?
An article** that fellow writer Christine wrote about setting goals inspired me to put my ass in the chair and commit.

Wylie's List of Overly Plotted Goals to Make 2007 The Best Year Ever.

  1. DRINK MORE: No, not a typo. I didn't mean to say drink less. I hardly touch the stuff so I vow to have at least 3 glasses of red wine per week thereby forcing myself to destress, and sit down with hubby and enjoy some relaxing time together. And there is that 'health benefit', oui? All those French people can't be wrong! (Important to make measurable goals)
  2. QUIT SMOKING: Oops! I don't smoke. That was easy!! (Important to set attainable goals)
  3. EXERCISE: I was doing so well with biking and walking in the summer. Then I joined a gym - a brand spanking new gym that was scheduled to open in September - but didn't. Or October. Not in November. Nope again for December.... but it is opening January 8th, finally. Four months of nothingness has taken it's toll. I am a lazy slug. (Important to face reality)
  4. WRITE MORE: Rather than the measley 2 mornings per week I'm now doing, I will endeavor to add 2 evening sessions to the writing routine. Hopefully, this will not coincide with wine nights!
  5. WRITE TWO NEW CHILDREN'S STORIES: aiming for 2 new sparkling fun stories by the end of June so I can begin the query/submit process this summer.
  6. FINISH NOVEL IN PROGRESS: Yeah - that pretty much sums it up. I'm scared to put a date on that one, so I'm giving myself the full year.
  7. COMPLETE PIRATE WIP: first draft by Jan. 23rd
  9. BE KINDER TO MY HUBBY: Sadly, he often gets the brunt of my every mood and being the amazingly wonderful hubby he is, he bears it gladly. ;x (that's a kissy face, isn't it? or is the drunk face?)
  10. BE A BETTER FRIEND: Call, write, email, send cards to my friends more often because they mean so much to me.
  11. TELL MY KIDS I LOVE THEM EVERY DAY: I do this everyday already - but I never want to forget. And on that note - enjoy spending time with them without stressing about the mess we're likely making. And finally,...
Hey - I could have added one and saved it for my thursday thirteen!!

Happy New Year! And may you stick to your resolutions like a wet tongue on a frozen pole!

** Christine's article isn't on her blog - sorry! It will appear in the next issue of the Toronto Romance Writers newsletter.


Christine said...

This is an awesome list! My poor husband should get together with yours. I also added to my list that I won't get grumpy when my writing gets interrupted. I turn into a bear - but no more!

Amy Ruttan said...

Great list. I was thinking it sounded like a TT to me. I have to find time now period, work is AAAAAAHHHHHHH!

And I have been talking to myself out loud and the new girl thinks I'm crazy.

Wylie Kinson said...

Amy - just don't answer yourself. That's the key to convincing those around you that you are indeed sane. And for heaven's sake, NEVER tell them about the voices in your head!!!

Christine - I hear you about turning into a bear when interuppted. But seriously, how does YOUR hubby react when YOU interrupt a football game? (or in my case, soccer!!) GRRRR!

Anonymous said...

Great list of resolutions! I've been determined to keep mine, which I posted for my first Thursday Thirteen, and so far so good. And I hear you on the exercise thing -- I fell off the exercise wagon in November, but I started walking again yesterday and did again today. Except today I fell on my butt. Make that my knee. Oh well, could have been worse -- I just skinned it up a bit. Curse my weak ankles!

Happy dance: wrote six and a half pages on the WIP yesterday! WOO HOO!

Amy Ruttan said...

Voices, whoops. I was answering myself and cursing at myself all day. I am a bear as well when I get interrupted ... I think maybe that's why they moved me off the phones!

Wylie Kinson said...

TL - sorry 'bout your knee. Who knew walking could be so dangerous...
6 1/2 pages? Go you, girl!!

Amy, Amy, Amy... ;)