I certainly don’t want to jinx myself, so I am not 100% sold on the idea of putting any goals, much less ten, in print. But since one of my resolutions is to have more perseverance, moxie and Dauntlessness, I shall. This week’s Top Ten, brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish, is my list of goals (in no particular order).
- Post every day this year. That’s 365 reviews, challenges, memes and exquisite bon mots from me to you. Unless it’s a leap year, then I can’t do it. That’s would be excessive.
- Take part in ten different book challenges this year. I really enjoy these – they are a nice break from the everyday reviews. Let me know if you have any favorites that you can recommend. I have signed up for two already: the 2013 New Adult Reading Challenge hosted by A Tapestry of Words, Confessions of a Twenty Something Fiction Writer, Tater’s Tall Tales and Basia’s Bookshelf; and Take Control of Your TBR Pile hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
- Make more bookish pals online. When I had my remodeling business (that I just closed last month – *sniff*), I had a lot of friends from Twitter that were in all sorts of related fields from design to architecture to trades. It was nice to feel a sense of camaraderie in spite of us all living far from each other or never meeting in person. I hope to be able to do that with my blogging and writing career as well.
- Take a creative writing class. I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time ever this past November and it was AWESOME. It really made me want to get better at fiction writing, so I’d like to take some classes or find some help in accomplishing this goal.
- And speaking of…I loved NaNoWriMo. It gave me that kick start that I needed to just get something down on paper. Fab. And now that the holidays are over and the kid is starting school again, I will be continuing to write on that project. I want to participate again in 2013.
- Help to get the word out about new writers that I like. I love social media and love to promote things I like! I’d also like to do more giveaways and my INKlings interviews.
- Return to the Austin Teen Book Festival. I loved this festival last year. I know it is going to be one of those that just gets bigger every year, so you might want to take advantage now. They already have big names that come, and you have an amazing amount of access to these wonderful authors. Check it out for next year here.
- Read more ARCs and new books. I read so many great books in 2012, but I did feel like I was playing catch up on some of the series. I’d like to read more books before they come out or at least early in the game so I can promote those I love (see #6).
- Be able to attend more conventions, conferences and events. I want to find more places where I can discover new books and authors or meet established writers and blog about these happenings.
- Find more awesome and fun memes (like this one!). Sometimes my brain hurts from writing reviews, and it’s nice to do some off-the-cuff writing where it’s all me.
What are your goals for this year? Let me know in the comments!