by Annette Dashofy
Ah, January second. The partying of New Year’s Eve is over. Hopefully, we’ve all recovered from our hangovers. Maybe the Christmas decorations have been put away. Maybe not. It’s time to put the holidays to bed and get on with life.
How many of your resolutions have you broken yet?
I love New Year’s Day. It’s a day of infinite promise. It’s a clean slate, a day full of hope. And, yes, a few resolutions, although I prefer to think of them as goals. It’s that one day when the future spans in front of us with the possibility of all of our dreams coming true.
And then along comes the other 364 days. Oops, make that 365 days. This is a leap year. Reality sets in. We rediscover that meeting those goals takes work. LOTS of work.
But what the heck. Let’s go for it.
I will confess right here to all of you that I did not meet my goals for last year. Well, I guess, maybe I did in a sense. My big writing goal last year was to make money on my writing. And I did. Sort of. I made $60. Part of it was payment for a short story I sold the year before, but only received compensation for it in January of 2007. The rest is prepayment for an article I have yet to write. Good thing I still have the yoga teaching gig.
The big problem was I didn’t succeed in following the path I had mapped out a year ago which was intended to lead me toward that goal of making money on my writing. My intension was to write one new piece each month and submit one piece (either a new one or resubmitting one which had been previously rejected) each month. I researched markets and had a whole plan laid out.
Then life got in the way. I didn’t get anything sent out in January. So I figured I’d double up and submit TWO pieces in February. I think I managed that. Then, it all went to Hell in March. I won’t tell you how many new pieces I wrote or how many I submitted throughout the rest of the year. Too depressing. But, hey, I finished my novel manuscript and got it sent off to my agent. I don’t want to sound as though I didn’t accomplish ANYTHING last year.
Still, I think the general idea for last year’s writing goals were good. So I’m going to stick with them. Here goes:
My goal/resolution for 2008 is to make MORE than $60 on my writing. I will do this by writing one new piece, be it short fiction or article or essay, each month. I will submit AT LEAST one piece each month. I realize I have no control over whether those stories get accepted or rejected, but I certainly won’t make any money if I don’t write/submit/write/submit. I also intend on starting a new novel in the next week or two.
I am, however, hedging my bets. I plan to teach one or two more yoga classes a week beginning in March and I intend on holding a yoga workshop in February. For the time being, I still need my yoga income to support my writing. But I’m working on it.
I also resolve to eat better and work out more to reach my goal of getting back into my skinny jeans.
That’s also a repeat from last year. And the year before…