2007 had its highs and lows as far as accomplishments went. I made some goals and stuck with very few of them.
¯ Finish, polish, and send out The Traveler's Daughter; -- finished and polished it and for that I'm happy and proud
¯ Polish and send out To Be Undone (My 2006 NaNo project); -- finished draft two, but it is still far from polished and
ready to see the world.
¯ Finish, as much as depends on me, my collaborative effort, Fravenmist; -- utter failure on this one. I think I wrote 1K
¯ Write and submit three new short stories; -- nada, nothing, zip, zilch
¯ Submit already-completed stories. -- see above. I did print five of them out and got some ideas for improving them,
but I didn't send anything out.
In life, I want(ed) a few things, too. Well, more than a few, but only a few
Stay organized. Go with the flow, but stay productive; -- I actually did okay (for me) with this one.
Get healthier. Some things I can't cure, but others can be improved by taking better care of myself;
-- I did much better with this, too, and only fell off the wagon when I didn't have a buddy, meaning the
summer months while N was back in Spain.
Pay more attention to and cultivate my spiritual life; -- *sigh* failure, I'm afraid
Do at least three paintings from original ideas. --*sighsiiiiiigh* I did have the ideas, but I messed up,
if you want to call it that, by not following through and doing them right away. I took art lessons, so that
is a positive. Not positive enough though.
However, I'm not giving up and want to accord goal setting another try. What I learned from last year's experience--and by participating in communities like novel_in_90--is that I need to take the time to break my big goals into daily, weekly, and monthly segments so that I get the rush of accomplishment all year long.
My goals can be divided into three categories: writing, arts, and personal enrichment. Without going into the monthly breakdown, here are the biggies:
: Draft The Bitter River (I'm looking to have 100K by March 31st, but I'm not strict with it)
: Rework To Be Undone and share with betas
: Write a screenplay during ScriptFrenzy (April)
Send The Traveler’s Daughter to 20 agents
Send out 5 short stories to 3 markets each
N Do one sketch per week. Of anything.
N Do those dratted three paintings from last year.
N Do at least one watercolour per month in the style of my default icon with Mayotte as a theme.
@ Take action (attend markets, talk to shopowners...) to make an effort to sell my jewelry.
@ Make at least two lamps/lighting fixtures.
ä Eat less refined flour
J Swim once a week
ã Develop better sleeping habits
¯ Dance four times a week (I have my three classes, but I ordered some bellydance DVDs,
and after they arrive, I want to work on technique an additional day/wk.)
( Do yoga everyday
( Ride my bike to dance classes
H Keep my house tidy
: Practise the harmonica for 30 minutes, twice a week
& And Get a library card and read three books in French
) Finally...*gulp*... learn Spanish