02 January, 2012

Goals For 2012 And Some Changes To The Blog

Happy New Year!

The first blog post of 2012 on The Eagle's Aerial Perspective has arrived. Before we get to the blog changes (don't panic; I'm not leaving . . . *cue chagrin from the blogosphere*), there are a few of my goals for 2012.

Now, I meant to do this back in December, but there were other things I had to catch up on so I never got around to it. I wanted to post them here not only because A.) It's been a while since I did this much of a personal post but B.) It will probably spur me on to meet these goals if I know more people are watching. Ahem.

The List (in no particular order, and some big some small):

Do something nice for someone.
Every day. Whenever possible.

Rewrite/revise and edit my first novel and improve writing skills.
I started rewrites last year and they flopped; the product was worse than the original first draft. This time I'm going to do it--I'm going to read through those 1000+ pages of draft, I'm going to finish rewrites of the first book, and I'm going to revise and edit those rewrites. Whether those 1000+ pages are still going to be a trilogy (I usually refer to it as a single book--I should probably call it The Trilogy, and I will from now on) or a very streamlined one or two books depends on what the new outline looks like. Oh, and I want to finish rewrites/revisions/edits by June. I'm not going to beat myself up about it if I don't complete it then, but I'm not letting it extend to July/August.

And as for the second part: I've never read a book on writing, I haven't tried experimenting with different styles/POV/what have you to a great extent, and I've never really done specific exercises to hone how I write. I guess it's about time I did, right?

Read blogs and comment more often.
I need to get together some kind of time when I can blog without distractions or having to cut it off.

Make more academic progress.

End the year more physically fit/capable than I'm starting it.
I don't care if I'm skinny. It's more important to me that I can run without collapsing or dance without feeling so tired.

Finish [top secret] project and announce it here early this year.
It's top secret. I can't tell you what it's about!


The blog changes are going to be small, but there will be a few, and this is what I'll be posting about in the coming 2012:

Sundays: Book/movie reviews. I used to write a book review each week and now I don't do it anymore. I want to start again, and maybe throw in a movie review here and there.
Mondays: Blank unless there's something special I want to post about (news, personal announcement, awards, etc.)
Tuesdays: Teaser Tuesday, of course.
Wednesday: Insecure Writer's Support Group first week of each month; otherwise blank
Thursdays: Writing posts
Fridays: Same as Monday
Saturdays: Same as above

So okay, I'm giving myself a lot of space. But I'm not sure I'd be able to keep to a schedule well, and I don't want to say I'll post on certain days and then not do it.

Blogfests and other online events will be posted at varying times as they emerge throughout the year. A few things that I will definitely be participating in are the A-Z April Blogging Challenge (again) and the Rule of Three Blogfest (also again).


What are some of your goals for 2012?

Do you have a blogging schedule and if so, what is it? Got any thoughts on the plan I laid out for The Eagle's Aerial Perspective?

-----The Golden Eagle


Emily R. King said...

Great goals! I like that you don't care if you're skinny, but that you're fit. Good way of thinking. I look forward to seeing you implement the changes to your blog. Best of luck to you in 2012!

DeniseCovey_L'Aussie said...

Hey Golden, great goals. I just posted my main writing goals at the top of my blog to remind me, not necessarily anyone else! So easy to forget.

Yes, revising is a priority. I've got 3 incomplete novels. Good writing practise, but I hope to polish one and submit.

I'm going to submit a short story or flash fiction every week. My RomanticFridayWriters group takes care of one week, but I'm sending out to more anthologies. All great writing practise/credits.

I'll be hanging about, clapping and encouraging your efforts on your Trilogy. I think my third novel, written in 3 parts, needs to be the first in a series.

Oh, can't wait to hear of that secret project!

Here's to a great 2012!


Charles Gramlich said...

Sounds like you're getting organized!

Pat Hatt said...

Some great goals indeed. And top secret huh, now you know that just makes people curious. Movie and book reviews are fun too.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I like your schedule, Golden. And your goals to do something nice for someone every day. I have a feeling you do that already without fail.
A thousand pages? Whoa...

Cherie Reich said...

Great goals and blog schedule! Good luck with them. I hope to read, write, and edit more. Much of the same as last year but perhaps without as much procrastination. :D

Colleen Chen said...

GE, your goal of doing something nice for someone every day is my favorite. I always got the impression from your blog and comments, though, that you are already an extremely nice person. Here's to paying it forward and to the diamonds emerging from your 1000+ pages!

Christine Rains said...

Those are awesome goals! Good luck! I only have two days that are definite on my blogging schedule. I'd like a third one, but I'm debating what that should be. I'll be doing a lot of revising this year too.

Abby Minard said...

Those are some great goals. Very realistic! I feel you on the being fit thing- I just try to get in shape. It's always fun to try different POV's and writing styles just to get the juices flowing.

KarenG said...

Hmmm top secret project? Intriguing! Wishing you success on your goals, I have no doubt that you will attain all of them and even more.

julie fedderson said...

Great goals! I like the one about being nice to someone every day--sometimes that one kind thing may be the only bright spot in that person's day. And it may keep them positive and then they pass it to someone else. Chain reactions are very cool.

Anonymous said...

Your goals are all great! I especially like the one about doing something nice for someone. :) Good luck with them all.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I think you do a pretty good job hopping around and commenting. I keep thinking I should make a blogging schedule but I don't.

Trisha said...

1000+ pages...wow! ;)

Nice goals, and I can't wait to see your progress with them this year!

Carrie Butler said...

Great goals, Eagle! Best of luck! :)

Beth said...

A lot of my goals for 2012 are similar to yours, but I have to say I was surprised commenting more often is a goal for you. You're a great commenter. (I think).

Sarah Pearson said...

Sounds like we're in a similar boat regarding revising. We'll have to cheer each other on :-)

Donna Hole said...

My goals for 2012 is pretty much to survive it :)

But I'm hoping to get four short stories published, read some books, and I will also be participating in Ren3 when it starts again. that was fun.

I'll enjoy you posts as much in 2012 as I did in 2011 :)


Paul Tobin said...

Happy New Year. It's a good list of goals. I have to say the secret project intrigues me greatly. The only timetable I have for my blog is a weekly post on a friday. Its a good idea to try writing exercises-any writing groups near you? They are good for keeping you to a deadline. There is a good set of writing podcasts on I-Tunes lots of good exercises from the University of Warwick-but i think interacting with others is good if you can manage it. I look forward to the novel too-I want to read it.The main thing is not to beat yourself up if you don't quite get there.

Old Kitty said...

Oh lovely Golden Eagle!! You are soaring ever higher this year! I am on tenterhooks with your forthcoming announcement of your hush hush project!! Hooorah!!!

Take care

Jules said...

Whew, I thought the changes were going to be something else, I can live with these. :)

Goals should be something we set our eyes on and not measure with. Just remember that this year. But I'm here cheering for you just the same.
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

farawayeyes said...

Worthy goals all. I posted mine a few days ago and am so excited that I've already started to realize a few. so special of you to plan on doing something nice for someone every day. good luck in 2012.

Li said...

I LOVE your goal of do something nice for someone every day. What a great world if everyone would make that effort!

Ugh - I love writing, hate revising, and I can sympathize with your "flopped" re-write.

I can't seem to stick to a blogging schedule to save my life, so I just post when the Spirit moves me. As for goals, I generally stick to short-term ones like finish current project, finish painting kitchen, etc. I need my goals to be small and concrete or I become overwhelmed and give up. Like you, I also need to work on health/cardio - I'm on the slender side but my stamina is poor.

Happy, Happy New Year to you and keep plugging away on the editing :-))

mooderino said...

I wouldn't be too disheartened if a rewrite makes things worse, it's quite common. You start changing things and it upsets other stuff you hadn't thought about and stuff doesn't flow quite as well as it did before. Sometimes you have to take a step back before you can take a step forward. That's what I find, anyway.


Clarissa Draper said...

"Do something nice for someone.
Every day." (That's a super goal!)

You've never read a book about writing? Wow. There are some great ones out there.

Can't wait to hear about the top secret project!

Stuart Nager said...

As I keep getting told, don't let the big jobs overwhelm you: take them bit by bit. 1000 pages is chapter by chapter, or so many pages at a time. I, like others, hate to revise and rewrite.

You can do it.

Good wishes for all your goals...esp doing something nice for someone every day. I agree with Li...it'd be a better world.

Simon Kewin said...

Happy new year and the very best of luck with those. I can't believe you're going to be blog commenting more - is that possible!?

Mark Noce said...

I think your first goal is def the best, but the mystery project sounds intriguing:)

Heather said...

I'll be taking on a huge editing project in 2012 too. we'll have to cheer each other on!

Anonymous said...

Hey, you do what you gotta do. Looks good to me, though. I'm working on goal one whenever I can. 28 days to go.

MISH said...

You seem to have a workable plan... and great goals... you're quite organised!
I don't know whether I would be able to stick to a blogging schedule.

The Golden Eagle said...

Emily: Thank you! :)

Denise: Thanks.

It is--one of the goals-that-isn't-on-the-list is to look AT the list of goals every day. :P

Good luck with your stories!

I'll be announcing the project sometime this year, for sure; hopefully early!

Happy New Year!

Charles: Yup; at least, as organized as one can be for life. :P

Pat: Thank you!

I couldn't help myself. LOL.

Watch for 'em. :)

Alex: Glad you like it!

Aw, thanks. :)

Indeed--though I'm not planning to rewrite all those 1000 pages by June! Just the first book.

Cherie: Thank you!

Good luck with your goals. :) I want to read more, too; I read a lot less than the year before, and the year before that.

Colleen: Thanks for the compliment!

Hopefully it's not all coal . . . LOL.

Christine: Thanks! :)

Well, I'll be reading your posts whatever day it is!

Good luck with your revising!

Abby: Thank you!

That's why I want to do more of it this year; I think I may have found a niche of sorts, but you never know what else might become interesting . . .

KarenG: It will definitely be here on my blog once it's finished!


Julie: Thank you. :)

A positive domino effect!

Madeline: Thanks. :D

Susan: Thank you!

I think blogging works fine without one; I know at least several bloggers who don't have one, and their posts are great.

Trisha: Yeah . . . 1000! I'm reading through them right now. :P


Carrie: Thank you! :)

Beth: Aw, thanks. :)

I guess it's a blogging thing--there's always a drive to comment.

Sarah: Good luck with your revisions! We shall have to; writers got to stick together. :)

Donna: Good luck with your stories and the reading.

I can't wait to find out what you come up with for REN3--I really enjoyed your story for the first. :)

I hope I can live up to that . . .

Paul: Thanks!

I'm not sure; but we live in a rural area, and even if there were writing groups nearby I probably wouldn't be able to get down to them.

iTunes? Hmmm. I hadn't thought of that before, but I'll have to look into that.

Then I'll have to do my best to meet that goal--and publish, of course. ;)

Old Kitty: It's coming, it's coming! :)

Jules: Great point. They're something to aspire to, not . . . trying to think of the right word . . . kill yourself over, I suppose.

Thanks for cheering me on! :)

Farawayes: Awesome--you've got a head start on 2012, it sounds like!

Thank you!

Li: I just hope I can do a little good myself; every day.

I don't really like revising/rewriting, either. Drafts are much more fun--you get to write down everything without worrying about the details. :)

Sounds like a good blogging strategy to me; on-the-spot posts can be the best.

Thank you! :)

Mooderino: Good point there. The thing that frustrated me about the rewrites last year was that I had thought I was changing the right things; the inspiration just died mid-way and when I forced myself to write anyway, it was horrible.

Clarissa: Thanks!


It will be on the blog. :)

Stuart: That's how I'm doing it; right now i'm only 70 pages in, but I'm tackling it by chapters and it's going pretty well.

Thank you!

Simon: Thanks! :)

Well, hopefully--otherwise I must be trying to break some fundamental law of physics.

Mark: Thanks!

If I hadn't felt driven to finish the project, I sure do now with all you readers commenting about it. :)

Heather: Good luck with your editing!

Joshua: Thanks.

You can do it!

MISH: Thank you--though this is more like one of my spurts of organization. Otherwise, I can be pretty messy . . . :P

I don't think it's a necessary point to a blog. If it doesn't work for you, then that's fine--we all have our methods!