…and a Happy New Year

So, it looks like 2012 is finally upon us. This last year hasn’t been everything I hoped it would be in some ways, and more than I hoped in others. Perhaps it’s time for… an accounting!

Positives in 2011:

  • Was finally published
  • Won NaNoWriMo for the first time
  • Started this website
  • Lost a lot of weight
  • Found out I’m going to be a Daddy again!
Negatives in 2011:
  • Got way more rejections than I hoped
  • Did not actually finish said novel
  • Failed to update site as often as I wanted
  • Have become fairly jaded with my day job
  • Should have written more than I did
Is it a wash? Maybe, maybe not. I generally try to focus more on the positives than the negatives, so all in all I’d call 2011 a decent year. Still, I’d like to think I could do better. I’m not exactly the type of person to make resolutions every year, but we do like to set goals for ourselves. Here are the things I would like to accomplish in 2012.
  1. Finish My Novel – I’ve never written a complete novel, but right now I’m as close as I’ve ever been. I don’t want another year to go by without being able to cross this one off my bucket list. Hopefully I won’t stop with one, but it would be a good start if nothing else.
  2. Establish a Second Source of Income – I’m a little fuzzy on this one, but I want to figure out a way to bring in some kind of income other than my primary job. Even if that income is only a fraction of what I normally make, it’s still something I need to do. I don’t know if that will come from another job, from opening a business, or (by some miracle) from my writing, but it needs to happen.
  3. Sell More Stories – And when I say “sell” I mean that I want to get paid for my work to be published. I’m shooting for a minimum of three.
Naturally, I do have other goals in my personal life, but professionally, that’s where I’d like to be at the end of this year. At the end of 2012, I’d like to look back at this post, nod my head knowingly, and congratulate myself on a job well done. Either that or I will curse my past self for setting myself up for failure.
So, future Justin, if you’re reading this, please don’t hold it against me. I only wanted the best for you.
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