The topic of this Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015 — bookish, blogging or otherwise!
1. DNF more. This is always a goal of mine, as I have slogged through some excruciating books for no reason, when I should have just given them up. I’m learning. Slowly.
2. Get my Goodreads TBR under 100 books. I tend to hop over to Goodreads and throw titles on whenever I hear of something remotely interesting, but then I never go back and actually read them. Currently it’s hovering around 150 books. I need to do some pruning.
3. Read all those damn ebooks already. Just like with Goodreads, I tend to hop on the nook store every couple of weeks and look at sales. And if something is appealing and cheap, I’ll just buy it. And then never read it. I have eleventy billion ebooks sitting around, along with magazines and anthologies I keep avoiding. It’s kind of out of control.
4. Read more nonfiction. I genuinely like nonfiction, but, because it takes me longer to read, and because I don’t usually buy it, I tend not to read it as much. I’d like to branch out more from my little comfort sphere (medieval history, bios of queens and other powerful women).
5. Publish again. I finally had a few stories published in 2013 after many years of working for it, but 2014 was a non-publishing year. I’m trying to cut myself slack on that because, hey, heart surgery took up quite a bit of the year. But it still feels like a slide backwards. So! Submit, submit, submit, and hopefully publish, publish, publish!
6. Bite the bullet on The Novel. I’ve written novels before. They have generally been “practice” and not particularly good or saleable. But this year, I sat down and seriously worked on a project. It’s a fantasy novel that was actually the first thing I ever wrote, but I have worked it and shaped it and now it actually looks like Something. Something that works as A Novel. For Real. I hope. And now I have to stop being afraid and bite the bullet and try to get it out there into the world.
7. Work on my heart health. Heart surgery. It’s the pits. I had a lot of unexpected complications after my surgery, but at this moment I am healthier than I’ve ever been in my life. My condition was congenital and not really caused by my choices, but my choices didn’t particularly help, either. So I’m trying to break myself of bad habits, and retrain myself. It’s a process, but I will try every day to be in tune with my body and be as healthy as I am able to be.
8. Get back to hobbies. I am the worst at picking things up and then dropping them the minute I realize they’re hard to learn. I played the guitar for like two minutes, I knitted for maybe a week. And then I didn’t practice enough and it wasn’t coming easy so I just quit. So my out of tune guitar is gathering dust, and all the yarn I bought is sitting tangled up in a basket. This year, I resolve to do things I’m no good at because, damn it, I need hobbies.
9. Get back to Photoshopping. This is kind of part and parcel of #8, but I used to really love playing around with Photoshop, and I haven’t really used it at all this year, so I need to start making things again!
10. Don’t read so much. It sounds silly for a book blogger to say, I know. But after the first half of the year, where I wasn’t really enjoying many of my reads and then I quite literally couldn’t read, I kind of swung wildly in the opposite direction and read to the exclusion of almost everything else in my life. I’m not good at having a life. If I didn’t have a full time job, I might never step outside of my house. It’s gotten a lot worse as I’ve gotten older, when I thought it would turn out the other way. So I definitely have to stop reading so much and start doing instead.
Happy 2015, everyone! Let’s make it a party!