It’s that time again. Time to lay out my plans for the next year, as codified by the New Year’s Resolutions. I have a pretty good track record for this stuff as long as (and this is important) I write them out somewhere where people besides me can see them. It doesn’t matter if they actually do; the possibility of observation is important. Like the Panopticon.
Before this dissolves into the treatise on Bentham, here are the goals for 2010, or as it shall henceforth be known, the Year of the Thriller Bear.
1) Fitness Goals: These are threefold. I always need something to aim for at the gym or else I get bored. This year’s goals are:
a) Do a proper chin-up. This is going to be really, really hard, but I have a plan.
b) Do a body weight squat. This is 160 pounds, for anyone who cares. I’m already at 110, so I think this is very doable.
c) Lower my resting heart rate. My cardio sucks.
2) Writing Goals:
a)Finish the first draft of Lady’s Game and start the first draft of Lady’s Gamble. Okay, it seems like two, but they’re a duology, so it counts as one really big project.
b) Edit the unnamed novel I wrote last year (and name it) and try not to bitch about the editing as much as usual.
3)Writing-Related Goal: Submit to more agents. I have two manuscripts ready for submission and a third that needs to be polished up. Much to my surprise, once you finish a novel, the offers don’t actually come to you.
4) Craft Goal: Use up my knitting stash. This has a corollary: add no new yarn to stash unless it has a project attached to it. This should cut down on spending as well.
5) Lifestyle Goal: Eat at least 50% vegetarian meals. No, I’m not becoming a vegetarian, but I think that the amount of meat eaten by most North Americans is unsustainable and unnecessary. Plus I think it’ll be a fun cooking challenge. It’ll encourage John and I to broaden our food horizons.
6) Skill Goal: French. Again. This is my one big failure in the yearly goal category. But I have a new plan.
7) Financial Goal: Stick to the budget that John and I have set out. Plan more and react less.
So that’s the plan for 2010. I’ll check how I’m doing with these in two months and document my progress. Hopefully that will give me the kick in the ass I’ll need for some of these.
I have a good feeling about this year. I think it will indeed be the Year of the Thriller Bear.