Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy 2009!

Many among the blog circuit have been sharing their goals and resolutions for the new year, and I guess I'm no exception. For the last week or so, I've been thinking about those things I'd like to attain in 2009.

There are, of course, "life goals." Being a better mom, friend, person, enhancing my spiritual life and being the kind of Christian I need to be, etc. Those things are all crucial to who I am, but when the calendar flips for me, I mostly think about my writing goals.

This year I want to:

*Increase my creation and submission of flash fiction (which is defined as fiction of 1000 words or less) and non-fiction pieces.
*Publish new parenting articles at least once a month (but shoot for twice or more) on Type-A Mom.
*Pursue more publishers (or agents) with Bliss Lake. [For those new to Something She Wrote, it was recently considered and turned down by Avalon Books.]
*Continue submitting my narrative non-fiction proposal for a humorous take on motherhood.
*Complete first draft of my current WIP, working title of which is When I Turned 30.

I think that's it. Most seem, at first glance, broad and general. And yet others seem more difficult to accomplish. But if I focus on each one seriously, amazing things could happen. I'm sure of it.

Here's to 2009!

Have you had a chance to share your aspirations for the new year?


Anonymous said...

Wow, look at you. You changed the banner :) I'd say your goals are definitely doable if you keep at it. Come to think of it I haven't decided what my resolutions were until now.

* Lose 50 lbs. (yeah, yeah, everyone says this)
* Complete my first draft on Revelations.
* Find an agent.

It's a short list but each one is a mountain to climb ;) Anyway, Happy New Year!

Jessica Nelson said...

Go you with Avalon. If they were interested enough to request, then there's a good chance other publishers will be too. Are you targeting agents at all?
Good luck with the articles and flash fiction. Pretty cool. :-)

Joanne said...

I'm glad you've included flash fiction in your resolutions, you're really good at it, plus there are so many online journals that publish it, you'll have many opportunities. Give Flashquake a look, they pubbed one of my essays and focus on all flash. I'm a little like you with my resolutions, marketing a fiction manuscript, all the while keeping my writing active with smaller submissions during the waiting process with the ms. Good luck and best wishes, happy writing!

Janna Leadbetter said...

Cel - Finally, I was able to get a header picture up the right way! :) Best to you with your goals. You can do it!

Jessica - Thank you for saying that; sometimes I forget the progress their consideration allowed me. I did go the agent route first (17 rejections and many other gave no response), but Bliss Lake is on the short side (51k words), and I've found I may have better success targeting publishing houses who work with shorter fiction. We shall see!

Joanne - Thanks for the gentle nudge! I've bookmarked Flashquake and will definitely check them out. Happy 2009!

Rick said...

Hello Janna. Please forgive my boldness, but I'm just doing some surfing and inviting people to come over and be a part of my annual giveaway. There are no gimmicks. It's just my way of celebrating two years of blogging. I'm giving away a free caricature drawn by me. I'd be honored if you came over and sign up.

Melissa Amateis said...

Great goals! And yes, definitely keep submitting Bliss Lake to agents and publishers.

My resolution this year is just this: to live one day at a time.

colbymarshall said...

Good luck to you on everything. May 2009 be the best one yet! Happy New Year!

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

I pray that all your writing and personal goals will be met in 2009 and you will be blessed in wonderful ways!

Check out my blog and read about my writing goals.

Anonymous said...

Hello Janna and Happy New Year! I have thought about my goals for the new year. Here goes:

1. Continue and hopefully finish "Third Time's a Charm"...WIP.
2. Create more short stories and submit!
3. Spend more time with my family.
4. Learn to relax more.

May all your goals become reality in 2009.


Jen said...

Hey, Janna, like the new look! :)

Looks like some pretty solid goals for this new year, too. Good luck to you with them. *hugs*

Angie Ledbetter said...

Go git them goals, girl! I love your working title. Crafting my publicly displayed goals right now. :) See you at Melissa's Challenge.

Anonymous said...

Enjoy your goals! Looks like you'll have a busy and productive year!

Janna Leadbetter said...

Rick - Hi! I don't mind at all. :)

Melissa - I love that. I'm gonna add it to my list...

Colby - Thank you!

Donna - I really appreciate it! And I'll go check yours out now.

Ang - Great and important list!

Jen - Thanks! And 2009's going to be big for you, too.

Angie - Absolutely!

Turkey - It will if I have anything to say about it! ;)

Kelly said...

Happy New Year and good luck! I'm so excited to see what 2009 brings you!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you've got a full year ahead! Good luck on accomplishing your goals.

Janna Leadbetter said...

Thanks, Kelly and FringeGirl!

Melanie Hooyenga said...

Good luck Janna! I think those are goals that you should have NO problem attaining!

Janna Leadbetter said...

Oh, I hope! Thanks, Melanie.

Anonymous said...

These goals are really good and I think it's great that they're all based on publishing and not just writing. You have a bright writing future ahead of you this year Janna. Rock it out! :-)

Janna Leadbetter said...

Aaron, you're right, and I hadn't noticed before! How exciting (and nervewracking!) that I have my sights so set on publication. :D