Monday, December 30, 2013

Year In Review (The 2013 Edition)

Well, we've arrived at the end of another year here at My Pet Blog (and, you know, everywhere else, too.) which means it's time, once again, for that annual rite of torture where I take a look at the year-long goals I set for myself back in January and admit to just how poorly I did with them all.

And you might look at the following list and think that I'm being too hard on myself because I (a) do tend to do that and (b) it's probably not as bad as I think it is, but I like achieving my goals, and I don't like not achieving them. Letting myself off the hook doesn't really send the proper message, I don't think, and so I am going to give myself a serious scolding and very possibly take away my Firefly DVDs until my performance improves.

And on that shiny note, here's how 2013 went:

1. Publish Effigy.

Nope. That didn't happen. Last January I was so convinced that I'd be able to make it happen. 365 days in which to make it happen...and I didn't. Again. We are not amused. Not even a little.

2. Participate in NaNoWriMo 2013.

I did this, and I even managed to win. But I'm still not sure how that happened. Maybe I should demand a recount.

3. Be a better blogger.

As it turns out, I was actually a worse blogger in 2013.

4. Walk, run or bike at least 500 miles.

According to my activity chart, I logged 667 miles this year. 

5. De-clutter.

While I wouldn't consider my effort in this area a rousing success, it wasn't a total failure, either (unlike goal #1) so I hereby award myself partial credit.

6. Read 60 books.

According to Goodreads, I've read 75 books this year, and I know there were some I didn't bother listing on their site, so I guess that goal went all right.

So if I did the math correctly, this gives me a success rate of 58%.

Nope. Definitely not amused.

Now would come the part where I list my goals for 2014, but I haven't actually nailed all of them down yet. I know one goal that's bound to make another appearance, though, so there's that to look forward to, right? If you're interested, they'll be posted Friday. Or next Monday.

Until then, I'd just like to say that we here at My Pet Blog (my multiple personalities and I, I mean...) have truly appreciated your visits and comments and kind words over the past year (as well as all the other years). 

I hope y'all have a wonderful New Year. Please celebrate responsibly! It may seem like a good idea to open that fourth bottle of wine, but take it from me—it isn't.

See y'all next year. 

42 comments:

  1. You didn't publish your book and you feel like you blogged worse - but everything else was a win. MJ, I'd say that was better than fifty-eight percent!
    No failure. Just reset your goals. Simple!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If you could see my house, you wouldn't think the de-cluttering thing was a success. Not even a partial one.

      And yes, resetting the goals may be simple, but I'm pretty mad about having to do that in the first place.

      Delete
  2. At least you set goals in the first place - how many people don't even bother to try something new or to set challenges for themselves? You're already ahead of the game! :)

    And if it makes you feel any better, I talked about publishing my flash fiction collection for a looooong time before I actually did it. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If I was just talking about publishing, that would be one thing. But I've been actively trying to publish—and failing. I definitely don't feel ahead of the game.

      Delete
  3. You made me laugh as usual. Have that 4th bottle of wine for me. Anyway, I still have to post my blog. And Sir Poops and Hair Ball are playing with their New Years decor.

    Hugs and chocolate!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Since that New Years Eve where I did open that fourth bottle of wine, I haven't even touched the stuff. Can't imagine that'll change any time soon, either.

      Delete
  4. You're joking, right? You accomplished some amazing things this year. You should definitely be giving yourself a pat on the back .

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. But I didn't accomplish the one, most important goal on the list. No pats on the back for me. Not this time.

      Delete
  5. MJ, good for you for doing as much as you did. I know how hard it is to accomplish all the goals we set for ourselves, and I didn't do so well with mine, either. But even doing some of it is a good thing, so don't be too hard on yourself. I'm looking forward to seeing what your challenges for next year are and wish you luck in continuing to grow.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I wouldn't say not publishing Effigy was a failure - it means you want it to be the very best it can be, which is much better. Awesome news on the activity and reading side though. Best wishes for 2014, and I hope you achieve your next set of goals :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's true that I do want it to be the very best it can be. I'm just very bad at getting it there.

      Delete
  7. You didn't do too bad!

    But still, I hope you do even better in 2014. Have a great year!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I think you did well. Some goals just take longer to become reality and that's okay.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I think you did great with your goals! You may not have accomplished everything you wanted, but there are plenty of people out there who don't accomplish anything they set out to do. Wishing you all the best with whatever goals you end up giving yourself in 2014!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Sounds like you had a WAY successful year, MJ. Really. I love the stats. This was way fun! And I'm lol-ing at the recount comment. You are too funny! You definitely beat me with all your stats!!!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Your math sounds off to me.
    And...I'm sure one of your goals must have been to not kill certain people at work and I'm pretty sure you didn't ... SO... good on ya for that!
    Great job with #4! That's got to be worth twice as many points as you're counting!
    So much WIN in this list!
    Here's to us publishing and blogging more next year! :)
    Heather

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're only pretty sure that I didn't kill any co-workers? I must be doing something right then... =)

      I'm very much looking forward to reading your second book.

      Delete
  12. Yay for all your accomplishments! (Heather's comment is funny -- so, yeah, 'grats for not killing your boss or coworkers!!) Wishing you a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2014!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Be a better blogger? What does that mean?

    Did you want to post more? Get more followers? Get more comments? Seems to me your blog is doing just fine, so I think you should count #3 a win.

    As for Effigy... Well, at least you haven't given up yet. There are people who would just throw in the towel about now. Figure it's never going to happen and move on. That you haven't speaks volumes about your commitment to the novel and your tenacity of purpose.

    #1 might not be a win, but I'd call it a half win since it's still being worked on. If that makes any sense.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I wanted to be a more consistent blogger. I disappeared for huge swaths of time all year round last year, and ended up doing that even more this year. I shudder to think what next year will end up being.

      Delete
  14. Reading that many books should give you a higher score. That's one of the most important goals in a year...right? Or have I been getting my whole life confused?
    I should say something encouraging about publishing...but the only thing I can think of is, YOU SHOULD THIS YEAR! Because I want your book.

    And... in reply to your comment, I agree. I woudl have gone to The Hobbit for Benedict Cumberbach's voice alone too. I would have gone to see his name on the huge screen written in pretty LOTR font. I would have asked them to freeze frame if for a minute or two just to stare at it. They didn't though. Have they no sense of...pity...or whatever might be the right word for it.

    Anyways, Happy New Year! I hope you have a great holiday!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Reading is always an important goal—especially for writers.

      I didn't even think of asking the projectionist at the theater pause the movie so I could admire Benedict Cumberbatch's name in the pretty LOTR font. But now I know what I'll be doing when I have the DVD at home...

      Delete
  15. You're forgetting about scaling. How many people do you think got close to halfway? Besides. You haven't taken into account all the bonus points from working at your day job. You deserve extra for putting up with that place.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don't tend to grade on a curve. For other people, sure. For me? No way.

      But I do kind of like that day job bonus point thing. I should look into that.

      Delete
  16. That's why we get a New Year - to keep going and keep trying! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. And that's the plan.

      Happy New Year, Nicole!

      Delete
  17. Over half of your goals isn't bad. So don't take your Firefly DVDs away.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Don't tell me I told you this, but I have a couple of spare Firefly DVDs, just in case Tyrant M.J. throws a hissy fit just like this one...

      Delete
  18. Celebrate your successes--you had a good year! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Maybe, but I'm really bothered I missed that first goal again. No celebrating for me.

      Delete
  19. This is going to be my first year making writing goals...I'm nervous! Ah, well. Bring it on 2014!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Good attitude. Bring it on, indeed. Best of luck to you, Leandra!

      Delete
  20. I didn't make any progress on Brother's Keeper, either, so I know how that feels.

    ReplyDelete
  21. I'm with you on #1 and am impressed with your mileage and number of books read, both of which are about ten times what I did.

    As for blogging, it's always quality over quantity, and I always enjoy dropping by and seeing what my neighbor's been up to.

    ReplyDelete
  22. I read your list. I'm exhausted even contemplating what you did or tried to accomplish. I think you should be happy with what you set out to do and 2014 will have you realise even better times. Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar has told me this.

    Keep on keeping on and all the best for the New Year.

    Gary :)

    ReplyDelete