Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Long time, no blog!

... is a joke I will probably make a couple times this year, given my track record with blogging, but never mind that!

Resolution one: be more like Hobbes.
By which I mean a tiger.
Everyone loves tigers.
A belated Happy New Year to all of you! Hopefully you're making progress on those resolutions, if you made them, and if you didn't, hopefully you're still enjoying the nice, fresh start the new year affords. And if you did make some resolutions but aren't making progress... well, I won't tell about that donut if you won't. And exercise? Pfft, who needs to exercise? ;)

Kidding aside, being a goal-oriented person myself, I happen to like New Year's resolutions. Okay, okay. Let's be honest. I like making lists. I like writing things down and then doing this to them. Repeatedly. Nothing makes me feel more accomplished than having a list with a bunch of strikethroughs on it. With every item I cross out, my brain gives me a little shot of endorphin, almost like it's saying, well done, jolly good show, ol' chap, we got off the internet and did something today! Also, apparently my brain is British, but let's not talk about that.

This year, I failed to actually write down my New Year's resolutions beforehand. *gasp* But! I did make some, mentally. Of course it doesn't do me a lick of good to keep them in my head, so I'm going to jot them down here, right now. For the record. Also, because it's fun to look back at the end of the year and laugh.

1. Write and finish another book. At least one. Oh, heck, let's be ambitious and shoot for two.
2. Finish editing Machinations and/or Drop Dead. Or the as-yet-unwritten book, but really I'm so close with Machinations.
3. Send out queries for a book. I sent out queries for Drop Dead last year, no bites, but it was a great learning experience. Terrifying, but definitely an eye-opener to the real publishing world.
4. Get in shape/get healthier. I've been playing Just Dance 4. Baby steps.
5. Read more. Vague, but I think the point is best made simply. Last year I read 33 books, so my goal this year is to beat that number. There's so many wonderful books out right now. I consider this resolution a pleasure to undertake!
6. Write, write, write. And do it with 50% less angst! Okay... maybe 25% less. I don't know. I've perfected my tormented writer whine. It seems like such a waste to let it go.*
7. Learn to be more forgiving. I don't mean toward others so much as toward myself. Especially concerning my writing. It won't be perfect initially, and that's okay.
8. Be happy, be loving, live godly. I think that sums it up.

We'll see how I fare!

Have you made any New Year's resolutions this year? If so, do share!

*This is a joke. Mostly.

P.S. I will try try try to update this blog more often! I tend to get wrapped up in writing, or not-writing-and-wishing-I-was-writing, but I really think getting some thoughts out of my head and onto the blog will help relieve some pressure from my brain. So stay tuned!


  1. Wait, wait, I think I hear Handel's Messiah's Hallelujah chorus coming on!!! Yes, Yes I do.
    Good post much to think about.

    1. Haha! Glad you enjoyed! =) I really do need to update more often!

  2. Hayley, always so clever and funny. You make me laugh. That's why I love having you around. Keep up the good blogging.

  3. I want to learn how to cross through words like you did with "doing this". And just think when I learn how I can literally and actually cross it off my list.

    1. You should have an option to do it in most word programs. On Blogspot, it looks like abc with a little strikethrough through it. Otherwise, in programs such as Microsoft Word, you can go to Format > Font and check the box that says strikethrough for it. Hope that helps!

  4. If you have Word on your computer it has a strike through option.