These were my goals from 2018, and how well I accomplished them:
1. I’d like to read a book a week and post a review of it. That should get me 52 new book reviews by the end of 2018.
2. I’d also like to post a movie review a week, for 52 movie reviews. I’m not really good with getting enough movie reviews, but if I’m reading a lot, I’m usually okay with that.
8. I have a book list prepared from a variety of sources that all have Asexual characters, sometimes even the protagonists, and I’d like to read at least one of those per month and write-up a review for it. I’ll do another separate post on that later, so if you want to read along, feel free!
1/2/8. Every year, I try to review 52 books and 52 movies during the year. I only managed to write-up reviews of 25 books and 8 movies, which means I didn’t quite get to my goal. While I did actually read more books and watch more movies than this might indicate, I did not take the time to write-up reviews. I attribute this to how much my work life took out of me from August all the way through December, which seems to be a reoccurring issue. I also wanted to read at least one Asexual book per month and that goal has, sadly, also not been going as well as I had hoped. Most of the Asexual books I found to read in 2018 left me unsettled and disappointed. While the books themselves were good and I absolutely continue to support other Ace authors or other Ace representation, all the books I read fell into only two categories: heterosexual asexual relationships or the asexual character actually becomes the villain. It’s one thing for me if it’s only one or two books that do this, but when that’s what happens with my entire asexual reading list, it makes me feel broken again because the underlying message becomes something along the lines of how without a man in your life, whether you experience sexual attraction or not, you’ll become a villain. Again, I am positive this is not what any of the authors meant to convey and that my reading is impacted by my own experience and personal bias. Still. Representation matters.
3. I definitely need viable drafts of both Academy and Surveyors and I’d really like them ready to pitch in June. My actual deadline is actually 30 March 2018 to have a viable draft of Academy so we’ll see how well that goes.
6. I want to continue my workouts and drop some more weight and body fat percentages.
3/6. I do not have viable drafts of either Academy nor Surveyors in any semblance of positive order, but I did submit the first large chunk of Academy to a professional Developmental Editor. I’m actually working on editing, revising, and rewriting Academy right now and I’m so far about 122 pages in, which is huge progress. I am working through the Developmental Editor’s comments as well as adding an entirely new Point of View (POV) character into the entire series to fill a lot of the gaps. I’ve also learned that I can edit and write while on the treadmill, which means that both editing and working out are on my list of tasks I now enjoy and look forward to. I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed this story because I’m writing as story I want to read.
4. I would very much like to attend In Your Write Mind (IYWM) again this year and this time, I want to teach a module about clothing and weaponry.
4. I absolutely did attend IYWM this year, and I taught a module on Women’s Weapons! It was fantastic! I also attended several other modules that were incredibly informative. Unfortunately, it looks as though my schedule in 2019 will not allow time for IYWM.
5. I’d like to be selected to move up at work.
5. I was absolutely selected to move up at work! I’m very excited about this because I worked really hard to get this opportunity. While I haven’t actually moved up yet, I hope it will be soon.
7. I definitely want to keep putting 10% or so into my retirement efforts, with the goal of being ready to buy land or a house sometime in 2019.
7. I am doing very well with my financial management and am still on track with those goals.
9. I am definitely going to continue cleaning, organizing, and shredding old paperwork. My goal is to get down to only two boxes for official paperwork, which is saying quite a lot.
9. I continue to make solid progress on getting rid of my old paperwork. I even have 32 pounds of shredded paper ready to go to the recycle facility sometime this week. While I still have a lot of work to do, it looks like I might be moving this spring so I definitely need to get this done prior to the move.
10. I continue to maintain hope that someday, the 2013 Adventure Buddy will give our friendship another chance. That individual has a birthday this week and I hope that wherever they are and whatever they’re doing that their life is filled with happiness, laughter, friendship, family, joy, shenanigans, and love.
10. Boy, howdy. This goal is one that I’m not really sure about. I like to think that I’ve made a lot of good progress towards becoming a better person but I do spend a lot of time missing someone who left my life. While that individual was right to leave, I still miss them and sometimes I even allow myself to daydream about a life where the things I write are turned into graphic novels by the most talented artist I’ve ever met. But I have no way of knowing where I stand in that individual’s life, whether I’m the villain of the story, a forgotten memory, or a missed and absent friend. And it’s something I’ll never know. They don’t owe me an explanation and it’s not my choice whether we ever talk again or not. Maybe next year, as my goal for 2019, I won’t keep hoping that things will be mended and for us to be back in each other’s lives, even if it is just to make fantastic graphic novels together. Maybe next year, I’ll set up an adventure goal of a different nature.
Overall, I think I am pretty satisfied with where I am with my goals from 2018. Well, except for 10. I think 10 is going to have to go into the pile of hopeless daydreams that are completely unattainable and need to be placed in the box of “happy memories with no basis in reality”. We all have to grow up at some point, I guess.
Here’s what I’m looking at for 2019:
1. I’d like to read a book a week and post a review of it. That should get me 52 new book reviews by the end of 2019.
2. I want 12 of the 52 books I review in 2019 to be “craft” books about writing to help keep up the educational aspect of writing, editing, and marketing.
3. I want to write 250 words per day. Every day. No, I don’t think I should have a break day. It’s only 250 words a day, which means by the end of 2019, I should have at least 91,250 words. Every little bit helps, yes?
4. I definitely need viable drafts of both Academy and Surveyors. I need to get these done and start marketing them.
5. I’d also like to post a movie review a week, for 52 movie reviews. I’m not really good with getting enough movie reviews, but if I’m reading a lot, I’m usually okay with that.
6. As it looks like I’ll be moving this spring, I’d like to take the time to say hi to friends in at least three different states and also drive the Pacific Coast Highway all the way up the West Coast.
7. I’m hoping to take a class to improve my Korean language test results before I move. It would be pretty great if I could score higher than I did in the past or even on my exam from 2017. So the goal here is an improved score, not necessarily the class itself.
8. I want to continue my workouts and drop some more weight and body fat percentages. The goal here for me is more dropping inches. While I’m positive that dropping weight will happen, I took measurements today and want to get back to where I was in February 2014.
9. I definitely want to keep putting 10% or so into my retirement efforts, with the goal of being ready to buy land or a house sometime between 2020-2023.
10. I am definitely going to continue cleaning, organizing, and shredding old paperwork. My goal is to get down to only two boxes for official paperwork prior to the move in the spring, which is saying quite a lot.
While hope is a wonderful and powerful motivator, sometimes letting go of the past and irredeemable mistakes is more important. Adventure Buddy, if you’re out there, I hope that your life is filled with happiness, laughter, friendship, family, joy, shenanigans, and love. I hope that some day we can talk or work on graphic novels together. Thank you for changing my life and making me who I am today. I wish you the best in all your endeavors.
2019 is going to be a very different year. Every last one of you reading this: I know you can (and will) be successful in your lives. Let’s start this year like Carrie Fisher coming out of her house with a baseball bat.