Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Looking Back, Looking Forward

We're mere weeks away from the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012.  Last year, around this time, I put up a list of goals for the following year.  I'm happy to say I accomplished most, if not all of them. I did, in fact, lose a great deal of weight (which I promptly gained back again when I quit smoking), got another book published, landed an agent, and did lots of good things that made me appear to be a shiny happy person.  Along the way, I learned a few things.  Among them:

  • No matter what I write here in this blog, someone's going to take offense.  And I will hear about it.
  • I have the best friends in the world and they're scattered all over the world.  Russia, South Korea, Pittsburgh, Texas, California...There are even a few that I don't know where the hell they are, but they're my dear friends anyway. 
  • It is possible to have a moment of true happiness, even it is a tiny one.  Those moments are what make life worth living. 
So, with that in mind, I figured I'd state a few goals for 2012 (provided the earth doesn't explode in some Mayan-predicted mishap, although that would be very entertaining).  Keep in mind, I feel the whole "New Year's Resolutions" thing just begs to have them broken.  That's why these are goals.  
  • Lose weight.  Again.  I need to lose about sixty pounds.  And, here's the kicker, I want to do it by June.  I want to look good in my kilt for the next residency. 
  • More publishing.  The third book in the Stanley Cooper Chronicles will be out, but I also want to expand into other areas.  (Remind me to tell you about my friends Sonny Redwood and William Strange.)  I would also love it if my agent sold the two novels of mine she's shopping around. 
  • Write more.  Some people question what I mean when I say that because they know I'm ALWAYS working.  I have the disposition of a hermit much of the time because I'm always busy.  But there are more stories to be told. 
  • Read more.  Always.
  • Go to more conventions.  This year, I'm eyeballing Armadillocon and Austin Comic Con, but I'm open for any conventions a person wants to book me for.  
  • Get into better health.  That kind of falls under the losing weight thing, but it's more that I need to be more healthy again.  I want to be around to see my grandkids, if I get any.  That's not a hint!  I don't want grandkids right now!  I'm only 40 for crying out loud!  
  • Produce more.  That'll be interesting...More on that as it develops. 
So that's it.  Short list, right?  But, sitting here, in this chair, it feels almost insurmountable.  Almost.  One thing I can say:  I've never failed to reach a goal.  I just haven't.  It's not an option for me.  It's one of those things my Father instilled in me, a distinct lack of "quit."  So no matter what, I'll reach those goals.  

Now it's your turn.  What do you have planned for 2012?  Anything good?  Anything bad?  Leave it in the comments.  I'd be glad to hear from you. 


  1. Scott,

    My goals for 2012 are eerily similar to yours.

    1. Write more. Targeting 10k words/wk - no exceptions
    2. Read more. The Kindle has been amazing in this regard. I've only had it about 4 months, but I've read more books in that time than I had in the previous 5 years.
    3. Weight and health. 40 pounds. Improve eating habits combined with regular working out (I also want to be able to rock the kilt by the time the Highland Games return to San Antonio and Houston)
    4. About a million things related to self publishing. Big goals to be spelled out in a few days on my dying blog (dying because I am going to euthanize it at the end of the year).

    Good luck with your goals. I am a firm believer that we make our own luck. I know I work hard on mine and things seem to fall into place more often than not.

    Mike a.k.a. MyLtlDmn

  2. Very nice. it's good to have goals that are attainable and I think yours definitely are. Tough yes, but doable, sure. I am tempted to make my own...even tho I am always resistent to New Year's resolutions (damn the man!). But since you call them goals, I think I can get around that. I like your blog - happy I stumbled across.

  3. that's a great idea - GOALS you can check off a list as opposed to RESOLUTIONS which are not always so easy to evaluate. My forever, ongoing goal? BE NICER, JUDGE LESS. its a hard one for me and one i'm still working on. What did i accomplish last year? I managed NOT to drink any cheap tequila :)
    in 2012 i WILL have a new job and I'm gonna try teaching! Oh My Stars - what is wrong with me? LOL Write more, read more is always on my list although my goal isn't publishing so much as purging myself of anger, fear, resentment, and all those other demons that i've gathered over the years. losing weight? YES! be healthier? HELL YES!!
    hope your 2012 is as awesome as you - will keep in touch through the magik...
    light & love to you and yours.

  4. My goals are to keep up the good fitness habits I have adopted as of late.
    To eat better (which is a challenge since I apparently hate Korean food).
    I want to write a book in 2012.
    I want to hunt aggressively for an agent.
    I want to sell some short stories.
    Write more.
    Get a job.
    Get a car.
    Re-acclimate to life in the USA.

    Busy year ahead of me...

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