It’s the 15th of January, so technically it is still around the beginning of the year. I wanted to write some of my goals for 2014 down. I think that putting them out here publicly will be a good way to hold myself accountable. Some of these will be easy, but others will take a lot of discipline.
Goal #1 — Finish 12 short stories a year and 1 longer piece.
This should translate into one short story a month. In a year, I will be starting my thesis class. I want a nice body of work ready to go before I set foot in the classroom. Starting a year early should put me in a nice position for 2015. By “longer piece” I mean something 10k words or more.
Goal #2 — Sell one short story.
This was my main goal for 2013. I submitted a lot of work, but got a lot of rejections. I’ve been trying off and on since 2004 to get published, but I stopped once I started grad school. Last year I decided to resume my publishing quest. Some rejections were very kind. Some sucked. I realize I just have to keep moving forward. I’m never going to get published if I don’t keep writing and mailing my work out.
Goal #3 — Read at least 25 books this year.
This may seem like a small goal, but this past year I barely read 20 books. Some books I started and just couldn’t finish. Plus I tend to read a lot of short fiction on line. Still, I need to read more. So far this year I am off to a good start. I just finished Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn and am now reading Warbreaker. Next up will be The Well of Ascension.
Goal #4 — Buy no new books, unless I get some gift cards.
During the holiday, I realized I had an insane amount of books waiting in my “to be read” pile. I’m going on a year long hiatus of book buying to trim down the pile. The only way I’m getting any more books is if someone gives me a gift card that I can’t spend anywhere else.
Goal #5 — Get my credit card bill down.
Grad school is expensive. Root canals are expensive. For the first time in two years I got a modest raise at my day job. I need to start making a dent in my debt.
Those are the big ones. There a few small ones like hang some pictures, exercise more, etc. Honestly, I’m not too worried about those. I’m in a regular routine for exercising and others are just chores I need to take care of. These main goals are the big ones. These are the ones I need to focus on. I’ll return to these goals periodically over the year to record my progress. For now, it feels good to have them out here in cyber space. This gives me a real solid ideas to strive for. Let’s see how 2014 goes.