I asked a group of talented, generous writers to share with me the top three things they wanted to achieve in 2012. It’s no surprise that like myself, my friends want to publish – and write! We also want to learn, to grow, to spread our wings, to feel joy. To find clarity, to be present. And fun! We want to have fun! Read on to discover the other delightful items on our 2012 wish lists. And if you haven’t written yours yet, grab a pen. Here’s to a fun, fabulous year!
My top three goals for 2012:
1. Change everything, from my hairstyle to my home. Yep. Time for a new life. The urge strikes me every five years or so. Great fodder for the blog, I’ll keep you posted.
2. Last year I learned Twitter. This year I take on Facebook, self-publishing, and websites (this is my new site and it’s just the beginning). Pray for me.
3. Visit Washington and a) meet my PacNorWest twitter friends b) see the Orcas c) get to know the setting for my next novel.
Author, Blogger Pam Beason, The Only Witness, Shaken, and Endangered
1. Make a decent living from my creative writing!
2. Have a lot more fun hiking, kayaking, diving and generally whooping it up with friends.
3. Find more quiet time to write, paint, think, and pet my cats.
Author Christine Nolfi, Treasure Me
1) Release The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge in January and the 2nd book in the Liberty, Ohio series, Second Chance Grill, in February.
2) Release my next stand-alone novel, which is set in Istanbul, in July.
3) Pay attention to everything that Emlyn Chand and her wonderful staff at Novel Publicity teach me in the coming year.
Treasure Me on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/chxhmby
Author, Blogger, Memoirist Laura Zera, Tro-Tros and Potholes
1. Complete and sell a really freaking fantastic manuscript.
2. Get up close and personal with some marine mammals.
3. Live every day more fully in the present (as opposed to current pesky habits of dwelling on the past or worrying about the future).
Author, Blogger Tess Hardwick, Riversong
1. Be more present.
2. Finish my third novel.
3. Swim in the ocean.
Author, Blogger Jennie Coughlin, The Exeter Series
1. Publish my first novel, working title All That Is Necessary.
2. Finish the certification process for two programs I teach at the gym.
3. Meet my favorite writer, Jesse Stern — that’s definitely the dream one of the bunch.
Author, Blogger Alison DeLuca
1. Finish the edit on the third book and write the fourth book in my steampunk quartet.
2. Finish my stand alone diesel punk book, The Gramophone Society, and edit that sucker.
3. Go back to Disney with my daughter and husband, and my sister’s family, and ride on SpaceMountain a gafrillion times, and see Buzz Lightyear. See what I did there? I snuck extra items in. We writers never know when to stop.
Writer, Blogger Galit Breen
1. To get dressed up to go dancing – in heels, and lip gloss.
2. To spend a night somewhere that laughter is required. It doesn’t really matter where, as long as there’s laughter and a lot of it.
Author Rob Guthrie, Black Beast, Lost
1. Visit Scotland. Fallback goal: Publish my third novel, Dark Prairies, sometime in the spring.
2. Travel the Serengeti. Fallback goal: Crack the Top 100 on Amazon Kindle with at least one book.
3. Move to Belize. Fallback goal: Earn enough from my writing to move to some acreage here in Colorado…preferably in the seclusion of the mountains.
Author, Blogger Teri Giuliano Long, In Leah’s Wake
1. For me, and I suspect many female writers, balance is elusive and difficult to achieve. Next year, I plan to try harder to find it.
2. I’ve had tremendous fun with In Leah’s Wake, and I’m humbled and honored by the interest readers have shown in the book, but In Leah’s Wake is grown up now. In 2012, I plan to give my new baby the attention it deserves.
3. I’ve worked long hours this year, sometimes to the detriment of health and fitness; I hope to remedy this in 2012.
Writer, Blogger Diane Hughes
1. Use my camera more. I recently purchased my first DSLR, and it has rekindled my love of photography. I believe photography gives one a greater appreciation for the beauty that is all around us. I want to capture and experience more of that – and share it with others.
2. Help my alma mater build its alumni association. I recently accepted a two-year appointment to the alumni association advisory council, and I would really like to help make a difference in the lives of current students through my service with that body.
3. Write more. In addition to building my blog, I would also like to publish some travel articles about the wonderful places I have the opportunity to visit on this planet. There’s too much good stuff out there not to share it!
Writer, Author, Blogger Leslie Witwer
1. EAT MORE. Yes, “more,” but not calorically. I am the Queen-of-Rut-Digging. I can take routine to an art form. Monday is Meatloaf Day, Tuesday, Spaghetti. I wear the blue shirt on Wednesdays and the green one on alternating Fridays. I can suck the spontaneity out of every waking moment . . . should life be that predictable? I propose a little Moroccan stew one week and maybe some Krautkrapfen the next. If I rise up and peek from the rut in small ways, what other ways can I manage change? I’m craving variety.
2. CULTIVATE SLOTH. Between full-time work, writing sprints, PTA activities and swim meets, time is a precious commodity, so much so that my efforts have been focused on wringing every minute, every second out of the day. What gets lost in the squeezing and cramming is the little things . . . appreciating the last bit of light turning the heavens into a painter’s dream, seeing a child’s expression discovering the new, marveling at the feel of each inhalation, each solid beat of my heart. I’m craving the stillness to cherish.
3. GAIN MORE WRINKLES. Last year was the Year of the Rabbit and with my research I was expecting it to be a subdued year. It was not. I have new lines on my face and new streaks in my hair and I did not enjoy the process. This year, I’m choosing how to add the wrinkles. I want to laugh so hard that tears stream down my face and manage a snort or two. I want to fall into the grass clutching my belly until I hiccup in recovery. I want to cover my face with the evidence of laughter. Not only for me but for the precious people who surround me, support me, and uplift me, I crave joy.
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