New Year, New Goals

Happy New Year to you, friends and followers! I haven’t been that wild about the number 13 for a little while. It didn’t really start as a superstitious thing; I just started to dislike it when I began messing around with number theory and factoring; I tend to prefer numbers with lots of factors to primes, and there 13 is, not just a prime, but coming right after 12, the first number to have five different factors other than itself. πŸ˜‰

But since we’re stuck with 2013 for a whole year, I’ve decided that I need to learn to love it, and part of that is my ‘Lucky 13’ goals list for the year – 13 things I want to accomplish in the year. Here’s the list:

  1. Apply for Summer workshops: Odyssey, Clarion West, Clarion, and CSSF Novels.
  2. Finish ‘How to Revise your Novel’ lessons.
  3. Submit revised “Won’t somebody think of the children” for RFDR and Feedback/Critiques forum.
  4. New novel-length revision project – get through Block Revision at least.
  5. Finish lessons 1-8 of ‘How to Think Sideways’ (given to me by my sister.)
  6. Finish working through ‘Drawing on the Right side of the brain’
  7. Read 104 short stories (2 per week)
  8. Spend 2 hours cleaning/tidying apartment every week
  9. Polish 50 chapters of completed fanfic.
  10. Complete 2 fanvideos
  11. Write 15 new short stories
  12. Do short story shrine revisions on 4 stories
  13. Start online dating

And, I’ve come up with a short list of steps I want to take in January – not definitive, as I expect I’ll also be working on things like the cleaning and short stories in every month…

  • Finish lesson 20 of ‘How to Revise your Novel’
  • Review critters feedback for ‘Gnomes’ and revise sample chapters accordingly.
  • Flesh out five-page synopsis for ‘The Gnomes are Missing’
  • Cut Block Revision draft of “The Storm Mirror” down to 6500 words.
  • Proofread “Time Bubble Trap” and submit to queue
  • Get feedback on ‘The Storm Mirror’
  • Earn a critters mpc credit
  • Finish updating 12 stories on

How about you, have you got anything already on your to-do list for 2013?

9 Responses to New Year, New Goals

  1. Trisha says:

    I’ve already got my year-long goals sorted, and my weekly breakdown in my chart, but I think this year I’ll try and report on my progress weekly…or maybe monthly. We’ll see πŸ™‚

    You’ve got a great list of challenges here! Good luck for 2013!


  2. marthabechtel says:

    I’m still working on setting up my goals for this year, but I like the idea of doing 13 in 13! ^_^

    I think my main writing goal is going to be trying to win both camps (again)… I’ve got a pretty high failure rate with the non-November NaNoWriMos, so I figure now is a good time to break the habit. πŸ˜‰


  3. I haven’t written down my goals yet, but I’ve been thinking about them. I like your idea of adding a short list for January to get yourself started. Best wishes!


  4. Emma says:

    104 πŸ™‚ Happy New Year.


  5. I think these sound like great goals! May your muse keep you busy this year!


  6. I’ve done my annual list and have started splitting it into months. The overarching objective is ‘to write every day’ and for that, I’m starting with Sally Quilford’s 100K in 100 days challenge. 2nd January and I’m already over 2K, so it’s going well at present – but the first weekend is looming πŸ™‚


  7. Looks like you’re going to be busy! πŸ˜‰

    Good luck xx


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