Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year's Resolutions

In the past, I've had some resolutions to try and make myself a better person. Well, this year, I'm in a more tangible mood.

image My writing goals are... well, much harder work than I usually do. I have maintained this pace, before, for five months, and it saw the greatest growth of me as a writer. I strive for quality always, but most of my progress comes with quantity.

I cleared the clutter from my house last year. I lived a smaller life. I got rid of things and I didn't buy things.

This year? I want to live my smaller life slower. I want to get rid of clutter in my day. I don't want to work 15 hours a day. I want to work hard and relax hard. I want to READ MORE!

image Oh, gosh, and stop feeling guilty for every second I don't write or work. Sheesh. It's too exhausting. I was raised, at first, with a Protestant work ethic, and then I was topped off with Catholic guilt. Either are hard enough to deal with by themselves, but together, they're just grueling.

Living life slower seems opposed to my writing goals. They're a little crazy. I'm determined to find a new genre, so that's another reason for the quantity. And I write better when I'm completely absorbed into the world, without interruptions. So "fast" writing works for me, but it's not really fast, because I spend all day imagining, when I'm not writing, LOL...

Okay, here are the goals:


  1. Get up at 5 am and write 3,000 words.
  2. Read 3 books a week.
  3. Write 6 novellas (48K-52K) for pseudonym.
  4. Write 6 novels (80-100K), one in each genre until I find one that fits (and/or finds a home): commercial, spy thriller, romantic fantasy, romance, paranormal, fantasy, women's fiction, historical, middle grade, romantic suspense... did I leave any out? I'll put them on the list.
  5. Write 1 novel idea a day.
  6. Write 1 pitch a week.
  7. Write 1 proposal a month (just for practice to find a new genre, really).


  1. No more dairy. Ever.
  2. Do yoga every day.
  3. Do 5 hours of aerobic exercise every week.
  4. Lift weights 3x a week.
  5. Get my foot better.
  6. Eat more like 80%-90% macrobiotically, as opposed to the 0%-30%, lately.
I'm looking forward to it. (I'm really just saying that in the hopes it will convince me. I'm not looking forward to waking up at 5am tomorrow.)

Thank you, guys. And here's to wishing you a very Happy New Year. Big hugs to all of you!


33 bonus scribbles:

Sarah Laurenson 12/31/2008 09:35:00 PM  

Um and I thought I was a human doing. Damn spy. Hell of a set of goals. More power to you and lots of vitamin B12.

Happy New Year!

spyscribbler 12/31/2008 09:37:00 PM  

Hah! I have this stuff sitting beside me, to get me going in the mornings. It's Decaf 5 Hour Energy. Basically, it's B vitamins, LOL. No kidding!

Charles Gramlich 12/31/2008 10:52:00 PM  

A pretty good set of goals. Good luck with them and have a great 09!

Heather Harper 12/31/2008 11:20:00 PM  

HNY and good luck with your goals! :-)

Eric Mayer,  12/31/2008 11:41:00 PM  

Good grief. I can barely write my half of one book a year. But I agree, more writing and more reading -- within human limits! -- would be good.

Happy new year.

writtenwyrdd 1/01/2009 05:26:00 AM  

Spy, have a happy new year, and I hope you can reach your really ambitious goals.

Edie 1/01/2009 09:05:00 AM  

Great goals, Spy! LOL at Sarah's comment. Just what I was thinking.

Hugs and happy new year wishes back at you.

Amy Nathan 1/01/2009 09:20:00 AM  

What can I say but OY VEY!!

Is sleep on your list? You are amazing!

My goals are always time-oriented and ambiguous. Two hours on this, two hours on that, an hour break, an hour on marketing, etc.

You, SS, are an inspiration!

Kath Calarco 1/01/2009 10:06:00 AM  

Do you mean six COMPLETED novels this year? If that's the case, I'd like one sip of your Kool-Aid. ;) Good luck with reaching all your goals.

Rick 1/01/2009 10:16:00 AM  

Did you say 5 a.m.?? In the morning?? Spy, even grass is asleep at that hour!

Janna Qualman 1/01/2009 10:48:00 AM  

My goodness! I thought my list was reaching for the stars! ;) But if you're serious about those goals (and I have no reason to believe you're not), you can certainly accomplish every one.

Best to you!

And btw, that SuperMary is awesome.

Anonymous,  1/01/2009 11:10:00 AM  

Amy is right. You really are an inspiration, Spy.

"I was raised, at first, with a Protestant work ethic, and then I was topped off with Catholic guilt."

God bless ya. My raisin' was reversed. I'm not sure which is worse...

writtenwyrdd 1/01/2009 01:30:00 PM  

I must be odd, becasue I think 5am is a great time to get up. But then I am generally asleep by 9pm. My alarm is set for 5:25 am.

lainey bancroft 1/01/2009 02:54:00 PM  

Happy New Year!

Did you neglect to mention that for your first trick in 2009 you will be cloning yourself?

Good luck, Spy! Even if you accomplish 75% of that, you'll have done way more than many (most?)

Melanie Avila 1/02/2009 10:40:00 AM  

Good god woman! That's a list to put all other lists to shame. I think if you accomplish just a portion of that you should be very proud of yourself.

spyscribbler 1/02/2009 10:54:00 AM  

Charles, have a great 09, too!

spyscribbler 1/02/2009 10:55:00 AM  

Heather, Happy New Year! I had to take a moment to figure out what HNY stood for, LOL!

spyscribbler 1/02/2009 10:56:00 AM  

Written, thanks! I will be satisfied with anything above 70%!

spyscribbler 1/02/2009 10:56:00 AM  

Edie, you guys act like this is a lot, but you forget I have no life, LOL. Just keeps me busy. :-)

spyscribbler 1/02/2009 10:57:00 AM  

Amy, that's a great way to set them! Whatever works. And don't forget: I'm not blessed with children yet. I have oodles more time than you.

spyscribbler 1/02/2009 10:59:00 AM  

Kath, nah, you don't want my Kool-Aid. It includes a foot that won't let me do taekwondo, a husband away for seven months out of the year, and no children. If I could choose, I don't think I'd drink my Kool Aid!

spyscribbler 1/02/2009 11:00:00 AM  

Hah! Rick! That cracks me up! I'm not a morning person, but I get an insane amount done quickly, if I can get up before the sun comes out. Yesterday, I could! Today? Not so much.

spyscribbler 1/02/2009 11:02:00 AM  

Eric, LOL, I'm sure you write TONS more with your legal writing! (That's what you do, right?) If I were doing that, I'm sure 3K a day would be way out of my price range. :-)

spyscribbler 1/02/2009 11:03:00 AM  

Janna, I saw that SuperMary and KNEW I had to include it! Loved it!

spyscribbler 1/02/2009 11:04:00 AM  

LOL, RJ! It's quite a combination, isn't it?

spyscribbler 1/02/2009 11:04:00 AM  

LOL, Lainey, it's not so much, really. I don't do anything else but teach a little. I have no kids, you forget. :-)

spyscribbler 1/02/2009 11:05:00 AM  

Melanie, you'll remind me of that, right? :-)

spyscribbler 1/02/2009 11:06:00 AM  

Written, getting up in the morning is THE HARDEST thing I do in my life. It's that hard for me. Seriously!

But, if I get myself up before the sun gets up, I get an amazing amount done. It's a good time!

Robin 1/02/2009 11:26:00 AM  

I hope you accomplish this daunting list, Spy! My plan is to do nothing, and tag onto your list, and when people ask what I've done, I'll say, "Oh, look at Spy's list!" It's sort of a nebulous statement, and they won't know what to make of it. As they stand there puzzled, I'll sneak away.

Happy New Year!!!

spyscribbler 1/02/2009 11:29:00 AM  

Hah! Robin, that cracks me up. :-) I like that! I should've thought of doing that to someone else's list. Much easier.

LaDonna 1/02/2009 03:37:00 PM  

Spy, I love your list and really love the living smaller quote of yours. I need to declutter in a big way, and I know the energy it would bring would be great. So, I'll take it a section at a time, and move through my house after those daily pages are done. A great balance, I think.

Thanks for the insight!

Vesper 1/02/2009 03:59:00 PM  

And a big hug to you, Spyscribbler! I absolutely loved this post, I feel as if I could've written it... Do you mind if I use it for myself? :-) :-) :-) I'll just come back to reread it every time I feel the need... which is probably quite often...

Happy New Year! Stay true to yourself and to your goals!

Barrie 1/03/2009 01:31:00 AM  

Those are incredibly goals! Happy New Year, Spyscribbler!