My Intentions for 2011

Well, I stayed up until midnight last night, but was so tired I forgot to check my numbers before they went away. So now I’ll have to wait until the reports come up to see how I did in December. So I guess I’ll be putting off my look back at the year for a few days. Which is cool. This frees me up talk about what I want to do this year.

Intentions 2011

Fiction

  • Really work at least an hour each weekday (30 min. ALONE) on real work.
    Heroes 'Til Curfew Cover Art

    Cover Art by Robin Ludwig

    Not blogging, or any other kind of marketing, and calling that book work. If I don’t get work done during the day, I need to make up the time after everyone goes to bed.

  • Complete and release Heroes ‘Til Curfew, the short story about what happened when Joss got home at the end of Hush Money (needs title that’s shorter than that!), possibly another short story, and a full-length book 3 novel.
  • Do some real work on outlining the series.
  • Write at least 3 scenes per week until the draft of Heroes ‘Til Curfew is finished.
  • Complete 1 scene per weekday on the next book. Get back in the habit of sitting down and writing a complete thought.

Blogging

Heather's scrapbook cover for the blog

  • Work out a schedule to post at least three days a week.
  • Write at least one regular post a week that might interest non-writing visitors. I actually have no idea what it is to be a non-writer, or what interests non-writers. If anyone’s got topic suggestions, I’d love to hear them.

Hobbies

My current doll collections

I need to get back to having time for other things in my life.

  • I want to read more books this year.
  • I want to get back to my doll hobby. I’ve got several dolls that need their faces painted and other maintenance.

    A knitting pattern on the Sony Reader

  • I want to get back to sewing and patternmaking. I enjoy that and I want to find the time to create and publish patterns again.
  • I want to continue knitting at least once a week. Getting out with actual people is good for me and I haven’t been to knitting in over a month now. So I’d like to try to do that. Even if I miss my regular day for some reason, there’s no reason I can drop in a different day. (Why am I so rigid?)
  • Exercise. While hardly a hobby, ew, I don’t want to give it its own category. So I’ll put in here with things to make time for. I just need to make sure I get up and do some little thing every day. And we’ll see where that leads. I got an indoor bike trainer for Christmas, so maybe I’ll be able to combine exercise with reading this year.

Housekeeping

I used to be pretty into Flylady, which was a huge help to me. I’ve really slacked off on that since my daughter started school and I’ve turned my attentions toward creative pursuits.

What lunch used to look like before Hush Money.

  • Restart the baby steps and re-establish routines
  • Get back to regular menu planning because getting the cooking/shopping stuff under control always makes things run more smoothly. I’ve got some great recipe management software now, so I should be able to make this not so much of a chore.
  • Make this the year I get rid of all the excess crap. I’ve still got most of my daughter’s baby clothes and toys. I’ve got tons of fabric and yarn I’ll never use. I’ve got mountains of paper books that will never be read again (and as most of them are too old for the used bookstore, I’ve no idea what to do with them).

Christmas 2011

It’s pretty safe to say I mostly failed at Christmas this year. I don’t ever do a

Even the little dollies got presents in 2009.

fabulous Christmas, but I usually do a lot better than this. I usually put away a little cash out of my grocery money every week all through the year and then have most of my gifts purchased by November. I usually give lots of gifts of homemade cookies. None of that happened this year. Nor did I send any cards.

In previous years I’d done the Holiday Grand Plan, and I’d even run the LJ community for it for the last few years. Since it starts at the end of August, right when I was into marketing Hush Money, learning a ton of new stuff, trying to get the print version out, etc, I turned the running of the group over to someone else and didn’t participate. And when Christmas came around I could really feel the difference. So this year I need to get back on that wagon and make this Christmas better and less stressful at the same time.

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If you’ve read this far, you’re pretty awesome (and possibly really bored). Thanks for hanging out with me while I think through my life. This probably looks like a lot, but I don’t think there’s anything new here, or anything that’s not what I already feel I need to be doing. It’s just working out how to be more consistent with all of it that’s a problem for me.

Organization. Maybe my real intention is to stop being my own worst enemy. Help me help you, Susan.

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18 responses to “My Intentions for 2011

  1. Kait Nolan

    You can DO EEET! Cause, you know, you have me, and really, my life ought to make anybody feel less busy 😀

  2. Wow, you have a lot of goals for 2011. But I know you can do it. A little more organization is all you need. You know Kait can help with that! :0) I used to be so organized, but the older I get, the more I’m not.

  3. I’ll knit with you Susan!
    I’ve been ignoring crafting too…

  4. I love that you called them “intentions.”

    So many of your intentions echo mine. I’ve mostly given up on housework. I figure I just need to make enough money selling books that I can hire a housekeeper. That’s my ultimate goal for 2011: Make enough to hire a housekeeper. LOL.

    Best wishes to you in 2011!

    Amy

  5. You need blogging ideas and you’re a hobbyist/crafter? Looks to me like you’ve got your non-writing topic right there.

    I need to work on my Intentions for this year, too. I like the sounds of that much better than “Resolutions”.

    • It’s not so much non-writing as it is “on topic” for readers. (according to Kristen Lamb, whose advice I’m trying to follow.) The topic for me being, I guess, superheroes or meta-humans or psychic phenomena. Except that I’m not an expert on any of that stuff, ’cause it’s not like I’ve done a ton of research for this project. And I don’t want to talk too much about my own characters outside the book. So I’m always a little at a loss.

      I’d probably have a bunch of posts if I turned this into a more personal blog and gave myself permission to babble on any random topic in my life. Sigh.

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  7. Love “intentions” — Good luck with them all!

    I love the Flylady but I was real hit and miss with the program in 2010 (and not so great yet in 2011).

    Personally, I think writing and crafts go hand-in-hand because both are fueled by our need to be creative. Lynn Viehl posts about her quilts for example and I find those posts just as interesting as her posts about writing. Nicole posts about her knitting.

    • I never thought about the fact that writing and crafts go hand in hand. I have a store on Etsy, along with a business partner, where I create simple eggshell ornaments. I guess that creative process can go in many different directions.

      • I’m not to the point I consider myself an author, inspiring…hmm…maybe some days. I do, however, have a lot of creative hobbies: cross-stitching, knitting, photography, scrapbooking and card making, and I used to draw and paint quite a bit.

        I love etsy…share the link?

    • Thanks, Sherri.
      I think the occasional post about hobbies is fun. It’s fun for me to talk about things that interest me, it helps the people who follow the blog get to know me a little better, and maybe it helps me branch out in terms of SEO and gets a few of those hobbyists to stumble across me and my fiction. So there will probably be a few of those here and there. But since I tend to really focus in on one thing at a time, there’s a danger for me to suddenly make this Asian Doll Central one month and Knit Chat the next. Which would probably send people screaming. So I have to be careful with it and remember to focus on the fiction stuff.

      There’s a good Flylady community on LJ with hundreds of members. It goes through periods where members are more active than other times. I’m surprised to say it’s not having a New Year spike in activity. Wish I had time to breathe some life into it. It can be very motivating.

  8. Ok, here’s some shameless promotion on Susan’s blog. LOL

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/eggscellentbaskets

    I’m not sure how to provide a clickable link in comments on someone else’s blog, and you can’t preview it to see if you messed up, so you can just copy/paste it. :0) I make the eggshells and jewelry, and my friend makes the baskets. And Etsy said, since I created it, I can sell my books there, too.

    Sorry, Susan. You can do something just as obnoxious on my blog. LOL

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