>Janus at the door: looking behind and ahead

>I thought now would be a good time to look back at where I was a year ago in my life. Well, weather-wise, we have seen some definite changes. There was no blizzard on Christmas, and it has hardly gotten below freezing this winter. Global Warming must be true! In more good news, my house is already tree-less. We might have hung on to our Christmas tree longer than recommended last year.
My resolutions for 2010 were as follows (verbatim a blog last January):

finish writing on one novel.
read more books this year than I did last year. (count for 2009: 28)
get my house more organized. a place for everything, and everything in its place.
clean the house more often.
read more Greek!

Did I succeed in these goals?
1. I sort of/not really finished writing one novel. I wrote “the end” on Into the Flames, but I skipped a lot of plot development, and Bracken and John’s characters have changed dramatically. This year my resolution is to fill in these gaps, straighten out the boys’ roles, and get a good second re-write in.
2. In 2010 I read 37 books, so that I definitely succeeded in. This year my goal is 55.
3. Eh, what is a “place” really? I think my house is more organized than it was a year ago, but there are still a few things looking for homes.
4. I have no idea. I don’t really record how often I clean the house. So we’ll go with yes.
5. I did not read more Greek in 2010 unless you count the few words that “scholarly” authors tried to teach me while I was reading their books at work. And I knew all those words already. Because I took two years of Greek.

Anyway, here’s my goals for 2011, so I can hold myself accountable and what-not.
1. Be an awesome Consortium artist! THis sounds vague, but that’s because I’m not quite sure what all I’m going to be required to do as the year progresses. But don’t worry, my spreadsheet and I are completely ready to aid and abet Aaron and all his Consortium needs! My January list is already full.
2. As aforementioned, really work hard on finishing Into the Flames.
3. Improve myself as an editor. Not because I’m bad right now, but because we can always find ways to improve ourselves.
4. As aforementioned, read 55 books. I picked this number because that’s how many Mara read in 2010, and I can’t have her beating me.

And that’s all I have for you today. I’m about fifteen pages away from finishing my first novel of 2011; but I’ll write more on that later.

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