While I have widely ignored this blog this month (and year), I have decided to crawl out of my cave for today's post. This is the time when I look back at the goals I set for myself last January and see just how well I did with them. More often than not, I lament my poor performance and, as you can probably infer from the title of today's post, this year has turned out to be no different. Not that I was a complete failure. It's just that when I set a goal for myself, I really expect to accomplish it. I hate not accomplishing goals so I'm coming away from this year rather irritated with myself.
Must be Monday.
Anyway, here's the 2012 rundown... the five goals will be in bold (bolded?). Where I ended up with them will not.
1. Publish Effigy
Well, this shouldn't come as a surprise to any of you, considering
how many times over the course of this past year I blogged about my
inability to make this happen. I did make strides toward accomplishing
this goal (hello, gorgeous cover art!) so I am now than ever (harder to
get further away) to success. Guess what my number #1 goal for next
year will be!
2. Participate in NaNoWriMo 2012.
Technically I did do this, even though I really only participated in the
first week and a half before Bad Things happened and I shut down faster
than... something that shuts down really fast. I ended up with 14,059
words. Not horrible, I guess, but a long cry from 50,000.
3. Read 60 books.
I've read 83 books so far this year. There's a chance I'll add one
more to that total, provided I can stay awake long enough to finish it.
And that's not a statement as to how interesting the book in question
is— although it hasn't been very interesting— but rather my current
inability to stay awake for long periods of time (curse you, mono or
mono-like virus!). So I'm guessing I'm going to finish the year at 83.
Not bad at all.
4. Walk or run or bike at least 500 miles.
Nope. Didn't make this one either. According to my mileage tracker, I
only walked and/or ran 250 miles. Next year I should probably write
down all my mileage.
Well, I did manage to take five bags of clothing down to the
Goodwill but that really just barely scratches the surface that is the
clutter in my house. So I hardly think it counts. But it's a start.
TWO OUT OF FIVE gives me a success rate of 40% (if I did the math
correctly anyway. There's a reason I'm a writer and not a
mathematician). Not great, not by any stretch of the imagination, but I
supposed it could've been a lot worse. Be sure to tune in tomorrow
when I reveal my five goals for 2013. Of course, you probably know one
of them already. But you don't want to miss the other four... (Note to self: come up with four other goals)
So, until next time, have a fantastic New Year, everyone. And
remember, the consumption of four bottles of white wine will lead you to
make stupid resolutions the following day (Or so I'm told. I would
never drink four bottles of white wine. Again...) so please celebrate
See y'all next year!