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2012 Resolutions – How I Fared

Not particularly well. I only really completed two of them, one of which was practically a given since I have a talent for passing classes without much effort. I don’t think I’m going to even bother making resolutions for 2013. I’m not in a resolution-making mood, not to mention I barely look back at them until it’s time to tick off what I actually did in the end.

  • Finish Coldfire and submit to agents. Nope. Serves me right for completely starting the thing from scratch, though.
  • Finish the first draft of the sequel. Nope. Haven’t even started a serious attempt.
  • Revise and edit my NaNovel, not necessarily to completion, but at least to a point where reading is possible without causing spontaneous combustion of the eyeballs. I’ve done a bit of revision, but not much.
  • Do NaNoWriMo again. Yes, but I kind of just lost.
  • Do Camp NaNoWriMo (this one’s a bit iffy and will depend on my university schedule). Yes. I even won one of them.
  • Get my provisional driver’s licence, or at least rack up enough hours to take the test. lol no. Not even close.
  • Pass my first year of university. Yes.

So… not a great year for resolutions and stuff. I’m not too concerned. My uni schedule kind of dulled my taste for writing a little, but I’m picking it up again with fanfiction. So even if I’m not writing original stuff, I’m still honing my skills.

2012 Resolutions

2011 is over, bringing with it the tradition of New Year’s Resolutions. A lot of people complain the resolutions are pointless because they are abandoned early in the year, so I keep in mind Maggie Stiefvater’s advice about making concrete goals that are achievable.

So my resolutions for 2012 are:

  • Finish Coldfire and submit to agents
  • Finish the first draft of the sequel
  • Revise and edit my NaNovel, not necessarily to completion, but at least to a point where reading is possible without causing spontaneous combustion of the eyeballs
  • Do NaNoWriMo again
  • Do Camp NaNoWriMo (this one’s a bit iffy and will depend on my university schedule)
  • Get my provisional driver’s licence, or at least rack up enough hours to take the test
  • Pass my first year of university

Most of these are achievable once I stop being lazy (and get over my hatred for driving). I’ve gotten by for so many years coasting on some kind of inborn talent when it comes to academia and music. A few years ago, I never practised music or studied for tests. Now I have to, which has improved my overall work ethic and turned me into less of a brat. And that’s a good thing for all involved.

2011′s Resolutions – How I’ve Fared

I set a few New Years’ resolutions at the beginning of this year. As the year is drawing to a close, perhaps it is time to evaluate how I’ve done in fulfilling them before I create new ones.

  • Finish “Coldfire” and submit to agents. Nope, but I’m pretty close and have researched agents. Hopefully I’ll do this early next year.
  • Finish the first draft of the sequel… at least. No dice. The stupid thing isn’t cooperating. I will complete it next year. The ideas are in my head. I just have to stop being a wimp and get the damn thing written.
  • Write more short stories. I won’t set an exact number because I know I won’t stick to it. Yes. Using a variety of writing prompts and other random stuff, I’ve written a decent handful of (very) short stories. I’ll count poetry in this section, too, since I didn’t anticipate writing poetry at all.
  • Participate in NaNoWriMo, exam schedule permitting. I’m hoping with only four exams this year that it will be possible. Yes. And I have a completed first draft to make up for my failure with Coldfire‘s sequel.
  • Finish year twelve (though admittedly this one is inevitable unless I fail all my subjects this year). Yes. Quitting was very tempting, I’m telling you now. I’m glad it’s over.
  • Audition for university music programs. Done and done.
  • Get into a university on my preference list. Still waiting to find out about this one. I might not even find out until first round offers in January. I do know that I failed my three auditions and my year 12 score isn’t high enough to be accepted into my other two preferences unless miracles happen. So I’ve added more preferences to the list that I’m almost guaranteed to get because the clearly-in scores are all lower than the score I received.
So I was somewhat successful this year. Could’ve done better, could’ve done worse. 2012 is likely going to be a year of submissions. There’s only so long I can keep working on Coldfire before I finally send it out into the world. I can’t keep it locked up forever. How have you guys fared with your resolutions thus far? Or did you not make any? If not, did you have any goals in mind for your writing that you had hoped to accomplish this year?

My New Years’ Resolutions

I had briefly forgotten about the tradition for New Years’ resolutions until I was on Twitter. I have never made resolutions before, except for ones when I was very young, which were abandoned a week later. This year I thought I’d try it, so here they are in order of when they came to me:

  • Finish “Coldfire” and submit to agents. (AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!)
  • Finish the first draft of the sequel… at least.
  • Write more short stories. I won’t set an exact number because I know I won’t stick to it.
  • Participate in NaNoWriMo, exam schedule permitting. I’m hoping with only four exams this year that it will be possible.
  • Finish year twelve (though admittedly this one is inevitable unless I fail all my subjects this year).
  • Audition for university music programs.
  • Get into a university on my preference list.

I think that’s all. I’ll update this post if more occur to me later.