Tuesday 3 January 2012

Back to Work & New Year Resolutions

My birthday roses...
Hope you all had a great Christmas! I'm back writing today, which I was worried would be difficult. But I realised this morning how much I missed writing - I was ready to start back. Which is good because I need to finish the next book.

I'm not a big New Year's person. For me the date is completely arbitrary, and I never do anything particularly special for it. So I don't make resolutions as such. But I think Christmas is a time for re-evaluating where you are now and where you want to go. So I do make goals.

I'm not doing too badly on last year's resolutions. Ok, I haven't got a traditional publishing contract, but I have self-published my novel. Happily, it's selling reasonably well so fingers crossed that will continue. I'm fostering now, and I've started research for my PhD. Career wise I'd like to keep up the writing and release more books this year. I have a more detailed schedule for writing, but I won't bore everyone rigid by posting it here.

My main goals for 2012 are more social. Writing, research and minding children can all be very isolating, so I want to find a way to meet new people. Also, 2012 is already shaping up to be a really busy year for me. I need to get healthier if I'm going to have the energy to deal with it. The fibromyalgia means I have less energy anyway, so I need to be particularly careful. I also need to get my weight down for mobility reasons. I'm not giving myself rigid goals for this, because I want my goals to be achievable.

What about you guys? What are your goals?


  1. Like you, I have goals rather than resolutions. I've started my second WIP two days ago, because the time was right.

    I also need to do some form of exercise for my own invisible illness.

    Goals and then seeing the achievements are great. I wish you well with yours in 2012. It sounds as though you have a lot to do!

  2. I've stopped doing resolutions and switched to goals. They seem much more obtainable to me. I also had a goal to be traditionally published, but that didn't happen. Maybe this year. :) And congrats on your book selling well!

  3. I was never big on the resolution thing; goals are more my speed. Good luck on achieving yours this year!

  4. I make goals more than resolutions too. The only resolution I make is to not make one. They never last with me. I am so glad your book is selling well! That is so awesome!!!!!


  5. Yay for achievable goals. You can do it!