10 Aims for 2010 Report Card

Last year around this time, as many folks with (and without) blogs do, I listed some of my New Year’s resolutions.  As 2011 draws near, I’d like to revisit my list of 10 aims for 2010 . . . and see how I fared.

My 2010 list [my current comments will be listed in brackets in purple]:

  • Finish editing my manuscript. [At the time, I was working on my first manuscript, and I was in the middle of a *major* edit.  Well, check!  I did finish said edit . . . and did 1-2 more major overhauls throughout the year.]
  • Begin the query process for the aforementioned manuscript. [Check. Yes, did this late January/early February and continued through April. I got a lot of hits on my query---thanks to all the fabulous peeps who helped me out with that---but I stopped around April after a new manuscript idea came to me and I was convinced there was must be something wrong with MS#1.  I ended up doing another *major* edit of said manuscript over the summer, but I still haven't queried with it because, quite frankly, I couldn't stand the sight of MS#1 after July.  I may revisit it at some point in the future, but for now . . . full speed ahead!]
  • Come up with one of my insane-o schedules, and stick to it. [Um, yes---and no.  I am always on an insane-o schedule.  I wasn't always as strict in terms of times (i.e., from 8-8:15---eat breakfast, etc.), but I wasn't lying on my bee-hind very much---that's for sure. All in all, happy with my accomplishment of this.]
  • Work out. [Wavering check. I did this consistently for, I'd say, a little more than half the year.  My summer traveling schedule threw me off my routine in a big way, and although I made a comeback in the fall, NaNoWraMo did me in!]
  • Cut carbs & sodium. [Another wavering check. I thought about it all the time, but I wasn't always as strict as I probably should have been. D'oh!]
  • Drink more water. [Ditto above comment]
  • Implement all my ideas for my online writing group, Shenandoah Writers Online.  [Check---except, we're the Write-Brained Network now.  I did that for sure, and it took off far more than I believed it could have when I wrote the original post. Check!]
  • Freelance, freelance, freelance. [I wasn't crazy aggressive with this, but I did write for more than a few publications and blogs in 2010.  I also did a lot of editing and critiquing, and I spoke at two writers' conferences.  Fiction is my main aim, so that's where my focus lay, but I am v. happy with the amount of freelancing I did this past year---and I've got more than a few pieces lined up for 2011 already as well. Check-er-ooni!]
  • Go to two to three awesome writing conferences. [Check. Check. Check. Check. I *spoke* at the Southeastern Writers Association conference and the Romance Writers of America national conference, and I also attended the Society of Southwestern Authors' Wrangling with Writing conference as well as the James River Writers conference.  All were full of awesome.]
  • Finish my second YA manuscript—at least a first draft. [Check. Editing it now!]

Although there are about a hundred other things I need to do, I don’t want my list to get out of hand; so this is all I’ll write for now.

Overall grade: B

I’m giving myself a B because I pretty much accomplished everything I wanted to accomplish on my list.  The worky-outy and dietary resolutions pulled me down a bit—just since I didn’t lose, like, a jillion pounds. But I don’t think my failure to be a swimsuit model should bring my overall grade into C- or below-range.  I made a valiant effort with those things, and for the other aims, I more than made up in extra credit.  There’s always 2011. :)

How did YOU do?


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8 comments so far

  1. Simon L. on

    Did you forget a certain writers’ conference you, um, crashed? Hmmm? ;)

    Congratulations on the year’s progress, good lady. May your next year be made of awesome also!

    • Ricki Schultz on

      Hehe — that’s right! But I wasn’t actually at the *con* — just the hotel bar. Hee. :)

      Happy 2011 to you as well!

  2. Laura Atchison on

    Great job, Ricki! You have inspired me to put together a more concrete list of goals for 2011. I think for 2010 my resolution was just to not give up. =) I pretty much accomplished that, but I need to narrow it down a bit.

    Best of luck in 2011!

    • Ricki Schultz on

      Thanks, Laura! Good luck on creating your own list!

  3. Gina on

    Great list! I’m inspired that you were able to accomplish many of your goals. I’m going to tweak my list and put it up in a few days myself and by the end of 2011 (if I make it) I’ll see how I fared.

    Well done!

  4. Kyle on

    I may be biased (I am your hubby after all), but I’d give you an A, Sweetie. No one works as hard as you do and you should be proud of what you have accomplished. I’m always amazed at what you do. :-)

    • Ricki Schultz on

      You’re the best, sweetheart — I love you!! And thanks! I’m always amazed at what you do as well — I guess that means we’re a good match! :)


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