After the first plot point in my manuscript for Long Road, the main character tells her husband’s best friend that life is too unpredictable to make plans.
Since Christmas Eve, the corner of the state where I live has been socked with two multi-day blizzards. And during one of those storms, my dad developed blood clots in his lungs and had to be rushed to the hospital.
The big plans I’d spent so much time making in December – to spend at least a half hour a day on the elliptical, to write 500 words a day on the second narrative of my NaNo book until it’s complete -- have since fallen to the wayside.
Letting these plans slide has caused more than a little anxiety for me. I keep telling myself to pull myself together. Get back on my feet. Climb back on the horse. Get back to the race.
So thinking about my response to BJ’s topic for this blog chain – What are your writing goals for 2010? – has helped me refocus.
Here are my writing goals for this year (not plans, goals):
1. Break in the new office chair my husband bought me for Christmas by sitting my butt in it and finishing Justice’s narrative in my NaNo book by April 15.
2. Become more involved with QueryTracker.
3. Finish my query/synopsis for Long Road before February 1.
4. Submit it to at least 10 agents before March 1.
5. Establish a direction for this blog. What do you all want to read about? Is my weird world really that entertaining? 6. Establish a bigger audience for this blog. (In other words, I'll be groveling for more followers at some point during the year.)7. Start another blog that focuses on the relevance of spiritual health.
8. Compete in NaNo again.
9. Finish my Insight stories, hometown commerce series and photopage before my Jan. 20 deadline. (This is the scariest one.)
10. No miss a single Ten-Word Tuesday from now through the end of December 2010.
Think I can do it?
I’ll let you know in about a year from now.
Eric posted before me. Now check out Christine’s goals for the year.
But first, tell me about your goals for the year.