Thursday, December 31, 2009

Reviewing 2009

This year I went a bit overboard with my goals, using 50 as my marker for, well, everything. Here’s what really happened.

Books read: 18

I could easily have read more if I stuck to YA and romance, but I had some fantasy to immerse myself in. Those aren’t quick reads, and I don’t want them to be. I learned that I do not read as much as I did back in school years. It’s not that I can’t read fast, it’s that too many activities interest me now. Scrapbooking, video games, parenting. I no longer have a desire to read every moment I have spare time. Which is fine. I can make more time to read though. My reading goal this year is 2 books a month.


Chapters written: 15

over various projects: Rt100D, TC, FwM, SS

could have done better. will do better.


Poems written: 20

14 color poems

at least they’re quality poems, if not quantity


Poems submitted: 51

1 published this year

7 submitted just today. cutting it close, I know.

Yay! One goal met!


Next year I’ll shoot for the moon rather than the stars. Next Tuesday Tally I’ll do a progress report on my projects and post my full list of new goals.


In January I started querying EotF. Did a couple revisions in between batches of queries. No bites yet, but not giving up. I think I finally have a strong query (not just a decent one), which I’ll start sending out next month.


Non-writing happenings in 2009: We bought a house. My son started kindergarten. Bought a kitten, who died six months later. Had many house problems and lots of adjusting as house owners. Lots of being sick, with kid in school full time and living in (now less so) cold house. I joined Twitter and Facebook. Got addicted to Zoo World. And got some wonderful new blog followers. Thank you to all of you that make this blog community so wonderful. See you next year!


  1. 2 books a month is my goal too. I'm with you, I have too many things I love to do! Good luck with your wonderful goals!

    I hope 2010 is a great year for you!

  2. Nothing wrong with setting lofty goals!! Makes those goals you do reach feel that much more rewarding. Best wishes for a prosperous 2010!

  3. I can't find the time to both read novels and write one at the same time. No more reading novels until I start querying mine.

    Have you had your query letter critiqued? I found it immensely useful to have mine torn apart by a few volunteers.

    All the best for the coming year!

  4. If it wasn't for some honest critiques, I know my query wouldn't be as good as it is now.

    Good luck to each of you with your own goals. :-)