Thursday, January 7, 2010

New Years Resolutions...erm...Goals

     Well, it’s the new year and I’m sure many of you have already gotten started on your New Year’s resolutions. I haven’t. Probably because I don’t have any.
      I’ve never been a fan of New Year’s resolutions because I always thought that if you really wanted to change something in your life whether it be your weight, your attitude, or your outlook on something you shouldn’t wait until the new year, you should begin right away (which I did many times last year and even this year!). I refer to the things that I hope to accomplish this year as goals. And when it comes to goals, I’ve already begun my list. :) *ahem*

My Goals for 2010

  1. I am going to get A’s in all of my classes this year.
                (I didn’t do too terribly last year but I know that I can do better if I try harder.)

      2. I am going to read more books this year.

                (I only read 21 books last year, here’s the list:

Airhead by Meg Cabot permanently
Being Nikki by Meg Cabot
Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
Girls in Pants by Ann Brashares
Wings by Aprilynne Pike
Everymore by Alyson Noel
Paper Towns by John Green
One False Note by Gordon Korman
The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
Stitches by David Small
Looking For Alaska by John Green
Jumped by Rita Williams-Garcia
Charles and Emma by Deborah Heiligman
Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
The Maze Runner by James Dashner

And most of them sucked too :/ )

     3.  I’m going to finish writing a novel this year.

(I’ve actually only finished writing about two novels. The first one I ever finished was about 70 pages long (so in all honesty, it was a novella) and I wrote it when I was about thirteen. (it wasn’t that good.) And I finished one last summer and it was one of the proudest moments of my life. (Again, not very good.)  Oh, and NaNoWriMo didn’t count because I never actually finished the novel I was writing, but I did get to 50,000 words.)

      4.  I’m going to write a 100 page script.

(Yep, I’m getting ready for Script Frenzy which kicks off in April. Script Frenzy is almost exactly like NaNoWriMo except that instead of writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 insane days, you have to write a 100 page script in 30 insane days. Yep, I have no idea what I’m writing about yet but it’s going to be awesome.)

So that’s about it (for now, at least). :) But what about your resolutions and goals for this year? I want to hear from you!

Oh, and I'll be posting of my review of The Maze Runner by James Dashner sometime this week, so keep checking for updates. (I like parentheses, can you tell?)


Jonathon Arntson said...

Okay, I have a few things.

I definitely agree with your statement about resolutions, but not everyone can do that. They need that one last hooray of the year to feel sentimental about, before they can analyze their actions and how to better themselves, whether that is to treat others better or simply eat an apple each day. (Could be an interesting story idea). (I love these things to()).

Also, I am truly wondering which books you meant sucked, since you said a lot of them. I am sightly afraid to find out on a few, namely John Green's three novels, "The Last Olympian" and "The Maze Runner". I cannot wait to see your post about the last one, I just read "The Maze Runner" a couple of weeks ago and put what I could about it on my blog. (Thanks for being my first follower that's not a family member, btw.)

Are you on If so, I'd like you to add me, so I can see the other books you have read. If not, follow the link on my blog to see what it's all about.

As for my goals for 2010.

1. I will finish a young adult manuscript. I have about eight stories going and none of them are going anywhere fast, so I need to just buckle down on one and get it done, but I am having a hard time picking the one.

2. I will send the hell out of my five children's picture book manuscripts that I have been sitting on for months, partially because I am afraid of the influx of "no's" I'll be receiving, but mostly because it is so exhausting going through listing after listing of markets and agents to send your manuscripts to and after about ten hours, my eyes fall out of my head and I die for eight hours.

3. I will not go on Facebook and Goodreads as much. (This is a resolution by definition, but since I am going to use the newly available time for writing, I am counting it as a goal.)

Lyssa said...

it's funny because John Green's novels and 'The Last Olympian' were pretty much the only books that I liked. (I also liked 'Let it Snow' and E. Lockhart's book too but I really didn't like the rest of the books I read.)
No, I don't have a goodreads account. I probably should get one though, if I do, I'll definitely add you. :)