Randomosity on Fridays: 2011 Resolutions!

HELLO, HELLO internet homeslices! How are you? I must say that week break between Christmas and New Years was kind of tough because I was bereft of you.

But you're back now, and I am back too! Yay, it's a party!

Well, except not because I promptly got sick 3 days into 2011 and I would hate to pass it on to you. So let's keep this short so that I can go back to recovering and you can leave without catching anything unsavory. :)

These are my RESOLUTIONS for 2011!

1. Blog more! Just like last year, except I'll get more specific. I'm going to try to get on a consistent at least 2x a week schedule: Wednesdays and Fridays (because I love Fridays). This means more creative brainstorming on my part because I never feel like I have enough to say. Who knows, we might even get series or weekly features or-- Okay, I'm getting way too head of myself. Also, it'd be totally awesome if we got to 111 followers in 2011, yes?

2. Read more widely. I read 35 books last year, and maybe 5 of them were non-YA. I have rediscovered an enjoyment for YA, and I will definitely keep reading it (there are so many books I already have on my radar), but there ARE "big people books" (as Luce and I have come to refer to adult-targeted Fiction) that I'd like to read too and classics and maybe non-fiction too! So really, this is my "read more Big People Books this year" resolution.

3. Finish a short story. No, seriously. I have so many half-started ones lying around, it's getting ridiculous. What's even more ridiculous is that I know I have trouble with the short form, but I start these things anyway. You can either look at this as "I have masochistic tendencies" or "I like a challenge!". Personally, I'm going to go with latter, more positive outlook because 2011 is going to be my Year of Positivity!

4. Finish a draft of a novel. One of them. ANY of them. Also, it SO counts if it's co-authored with Alz. Just sayin'.

5. Cultivate health. Yeah, that one has nothing to do with writing (except that it does!). I'm not a watch what I eat (I eat what I want, srs), go to the gym, or run for fun kind of gal, but I do believe in the benefits of exercise and relaxation and getting enough sleep. This past summer, I felt pretty darn great because I actually got myself on a consistent routine of yoga and swimming. I let it go with winter (it's too cold for yoga in my cold, wood-floored living room), and I want to get back into it (the yoga, not the swimming - too cold!). That and I'd like to start meditating again; I can't believe how RELAXED I was that one semester of college when I took a meditation class. I don't have to sell you on the goodness of sleep.

What does this have to do with writing? Cultivating health in body is bound to cultivate health in mind, which is the home of imagination. :) Besides, when you're relaxed, your mind relaxes too and it can really open up and take you to new places.

What are YOUR New Year's Resolutions?


Ariana Ferrone said...

Can I just say that I am incredibly envious of that meditation class? It's terrible how I seem to have endless time to browse the internet but not enough to meditate.

Beverly Ealdama said...

one of mine is similar as your #5; take advantage of the yoga classes included in my gym membership and get in better shape in general. my other resolutions are to read 25 books, make a new personal website, and eat less meat.

Melissa said...

A meditation class would be so cool. I'm doing a lot of these goals: blog more, write a draft, and improve my health!

Good luck and FEEL BETTER!

Lydia Kang said...

Three cheers for a healthy body for healthy writers! Woot!

XiXi said...

YAY more bloggity blog.

I, too, am venturing more into the world of big people books, and it is an intimidating place. Oh yes, and more books. In general. I didn't read nearly as much as I should've last year.

WritingNut said...

Great resolutions! I hope you feel better soon! I'm with you on most of them, especially #1 and 5 :)

Angela said...

Great goals! I'm tring to finish a draft of a novel too, but I find I'm procrastinating more than anything. I need to get it together.