Whelp, I’m a bit late on the bandwagon, considering that it’s already January 12th, but I’ve decided to make some New Year’s resolutions. The only time I’ve ever made a resolution was three years ago, when I decided that from then on, I was going to read 52 books a year. Surprisingly, I actually stuck to it. This makes me think that posting things online makes me feel more accountable. Hopefully, I can stick to the goals I set for myself here.
1. Read 52 F&SF novels this year and blog about them.
“But Orin,” you say, “You already know you can read 52 books a year. How is this a challenge?”
I said I was going to read 52 F&SF novels, not 52 books total. I’m still going to read nonfiction books and short story anthologies, so I will be reading much more than I’m used to.
2. Write 365,000 words of fiction this year.
This is the resolution which I am most likely to fail. I work ten hours a day, and my job requires me to do work at home when I’m off the clock. A lot of the time, I’m too zonked out to write. On top of that, I write very slowly and am easily distracted. It doesn’t help that I’ve only written 2,000 words this year, so I’m already 10,000 words behind schedule.
3. Finish something.
I tend to start a story and then stop halfway through to start something else. I have what feels like a million half-finished stories. I want to finally finish one of them.
4. Go to the gym every weekday.
This has nothing to do with writing. I just need to exercise more.