Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Goals and Resolutions for 2014

Posted January 7, 2014 by Kara in Lyn, Top Ten Tuesday / 14 Comments

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This week’s theme: Top Ten Resolutions for the New Year.

Today I looked back on my resolutions for 2013 and… no.  Just no.  I didn’t complete a single one of them.  Unless you count buying more and more books and then reading them as “reading more of my own books.”  Which I don’t.  But I could.

In 2013, I pledged to read 200 books, to read A Song of Ice and Fire, to maintain the fully scheduled blog (hahahahaha) and, well, I failed miserably.  But that’s okay! Because a lot of awesome happened for me in 2013 outside of blogging, so I’ll take it! This year, though?  I’m going to be a little more lenient with myself.

Bekka’s Resolutions

1.  First and foremost, I want to adopt a stress free attitude when it comes to blogging.  Reading has always been my refuge, and blogging was a way to connect with other readers and book lovers.  Let’s get back to the love of reading and connecting with one another, and leave the stress, guilt, and pressure behind!

2.  Read what I want, when I want!  I’ve been pretty successful with this the past few weeks, and I hope to keep it up.  It’s very easy to get stuck in an endless loop of review titles – which is awesome, and I know it sounds like I’m complain-bragging.  But I am very much a mood reader, and sometimes I am NOT in the mood to read that review title.  I need to learn to tell myself that this is okay.

3.  Get to know more bloggers.  I have a group of bloggers who I adore and talk to almost daily – and I love this!  But I also know that from the outside this can seem cliquey and exclusive and I sooo do not want to be that.  There are so many amazing bloggers out there writing and publishing awesome content and I want in on it, too!

4.  Get creative!  I did a lot of discussion posts and irregular features on my old blog, and my hope for the new year and the new blog is to continue to push the envelope and try new things.  Now that I am here at Great Imaginations I have a wider net and greater support system so that I can really put myself out there. I’m excited!

5.  Finish my current MS!  This is the biggest thing, and probably the most personal.  I wrote my first draft of my second novel over the course of the first week in November.  I had it printed, and the other day I finally reread it and took my revision notes.  It’s ready for the first huge rewrite – all that’s left is for me to sit down, get my shit together, and just. Do. It. 

Lyn’s Resolutions
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I suppose I should set my goals so that I can feel completely out of control and stressed. Failure seems to be an addiction! Here are my top goals for the year.
1. Read 52 books.  I decided that there is no way to reach the 100 book mark for every year.  I’m a slow reader, and my job is just so demanding.  When I was enrolled in school and finishing my (useless) degree, I had a lot more free time on my hands, and I was able to wipe out a book fairly quickly.  Now, real life interferes with reading time, and I also seem to have hit a reading rut.
2. Read a diverse range.  Thank Odin for Forgotten Fridays. This bi-weekly feature is pushing me to try new fiction, such as non-fiction, middle grade and adult literature. We three gals have a classic lined up in the future as well.
3. Stop pushing off review writing. I am becoming terrible about writing reviews. I seem more hesitant than ever to write them. It might be a stress thing, or a creative barrier problem. Writing the bullet point reviews seem to resolve this matter. Gifs, lots of gifs, help spur my writing urges as well.
4. Organize my bookshelves. This applies for online and real life shelves.  
5. Write. It is time to get serious about writing my book.  I always get so excited when I think about my story, but I just will not write it.  I even entertained the idea of buying a text to speech program and telling my story to the computer to see if it will help.  Typing is aggravating, and slower than my thoughts.

14 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Goals and Resolutions for 2014

  1. I agree about getting to know more bloggers… I find lately there does seem to be these cliques. I don’t know if it’s because they all use social media together or what. Good luck on your goals!!


  2. Ugh I had to give up my 100 book goal too. I haven’t met it for the last 2 years. I pretty much read 1 book a week and can’t read any faster than that. I agree about the cliques and I’m never in any 🙁 I have people I talk to, but not like some of you guys. I hope that changes this year and I find some really fun people to talk to. Plus Im going to BEA so I’ll get to meet a lot of people there too 🙂

    My TTT

  3. Bekka, I’m a mood reader too and with so many ARCs, it can be really hard to read what you want when you want, so I love that resolution of yours – good luck on it! And Lyn, I’m also trying to expand my reading tastes with a more diverse group of genres, so I’m thrilled to see I’m not the only one. Wonderful resolutions, ladies – I hope you’re able to keep them!

    • Thank you, Keertana! I have to admit that my biggest issue is the large pile of books already waiting for me. I hate to try to find something new when I already have a death threat of a pile in my apartment.

  4. These are some great resolutions! And welcome Bekka! 🙂
    I know how you feel about mood reading Bekka, I’m exactly the same, and I feel your pain about the writing Lyn, I get so many ideas and then never feel motivated enough to type it up.

    My Resolutions

  5. I’m trying to work on “reading what I want, when I want” too. I think it’s important for keeping me happy and not stressing out so much! I used to wait too long to write reviews as well, but I discovered I forgot so many details about the story and my reactions (even if I took notes) that it was almost impossible to write! Now I try to get reviews written no more than two or three days after I finish.

    Here’s my Top Ten.

  6. I definitely need to reorganize my bookshelves and go through all the books that I have that I want to keep and will know I’ll read again and then donate the other’s to either the local libraries, HS/Middle School, and/or Goodwill so that other’s can get a chance to read them. And, I definitely need to comment more to the blogs that I follow on a regular basis. 🙂

    Some fantastic goals you have here, cheers to the new year and making them happen!

    Suz @ A Soul Unsung
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  7. So glad to see Bekka posting on here! This is awesome. Yay for both of you and your manuscripts! I definitely have a lot of respect for you guys; I’ve been terrified to touch my MS. I went through such thorough plotting, character analyzation…everything. But I’ve been terrified to actually put it down into words. I’ve started and made progress, but…

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