Friday, February 11, 2011

Resolutions Revisited

By Heather Webber

It’s been just over a month since my New Year’s resolutions were made, all bright and shiny and new.

To recap, I had five:

1) Write more & become more business orientated and entrepreneurial
2) Read more and keep better track of what I read
3) Respond in a timely manner to email—within 24 hours
4) Go to the dentist
5) Exercise more regularly

So how have I been doing?

1) So far, so good! I’ve been writing a ton (I’m working on It Takes a Witch, the first of my new series written as Heather Blake, debuting in 2012 from NAL), have lots of new ideas, and have started e-publishing some of my backlist. The e-book world was quite a learning curve, but I have to admit I like it.

2) So-so. The more I write the less time I have to read. I have managed to read four books, listen to another four, and I’ve kept track of them, too, in a handy-dandy notebook.

3) Also so-so. I’d say this is about 60% for me. I could do better...

4) Not yet, but I still have 10 1/2 months, right?

5) Let’s not talk about it.

How about you? Have you kept up with your resolutions?


Tonya Kappes said...

Great! I'm so glad you've keep up with it b/c it's a win situation for your readers!! Keep up the good work!Me....not so much;(

Dru said...

I like that you're writing more because that mean more stories for us to read.

I'm doing okay with the goals that I have set.

Tammy Kaehler said...

I hear you with #5. I find that I can get most everything done in my life (day job, groceries, laundry) and then either accomplish writing or exercise. Exercise is usually last on my list.

Keep up the good work!

KeLLy aNN said...

I have to keep serious track of my books too. I will print out the list and then as I read them, I mark them off. Keep them all in a manila folder, then I can easily check the lists and authors for new releases.

If the weather would let up just a wee bit, I could do more bike riding.
Doing good on that one.

signlady217 said...

I didn't make any resolutions, so I don't have to feel guilty about not keeping them! :)

Talking about keeping track of what you read, somebody mentioned that at the beginning of last year. I had never actually done that, so I did in 2010. Guess what? I read 65 books (only 7 being re-reads) and the KJV Bible (does it count as 1 or 66?). So I felt pretty good about that. I'm going to try to keep up with it again this year; so far, I've read 12, with 3 of those being re-reads. (I read really fast, so that helps!)

Good luck with your resolutions and your writing! BTW, I picked up "Absolutely, Positively" on Tuesday and read it yesterday. Great job! I loved it!

Aurian said...

I never make resolutions (why, I am already perfect ...)so no regrets either. Good of you to write more. I already like the title of your new series, please let me/us know when it can be pre-ordered. I write a bookreview of every book I read on my blog, so that way I can also keep up with what I have read so far. I am sometimes proud of myself, over 20 books in a month. Yes, I do reread some, and that is always faster than a brand new book.

Kristine said...

My only resolution was to actively seek joy. So far so good. I don't push myself as much as I used to. I am learning to go with the bumps in the road more. I try to find something to be happy for or grateful about every day now. And I booked a Valentine trip to Disney for the whole family :)))) Being a kid for the day is always a good way to channel joy!

Linda Leszczuk said...

Oh heck. You made me pull up my list of resolutions and check my progress. Now I'm depressed.

ev said...

I don't do resolutions. I have only ever kept one.

Easy way to keep track of what you have read- on Good Reads, all you need to do is enter the ISBN number and all the info pops up- what format, title, etc.

Nanc said...

I didn't make any but I'm going to adopt the plan for actively seeking joy. What a lovely way to look at life. Each and every year I buy a lovely notebook to keep track of my reading...have yet to make one entry!! I read voraciously yet always forget to write it down!!
Heather please keep writing !!!

Salar37_Shushan said...

I use Shelfari to keep track of what I read. I think that you might find it easier than the notebook once you get going. If you prefer you could use Goodreads or Librarything. They are all good for reminding you of what you said you were reading but didn't finish. ;)

As for me, I usually studiously avoid New Year's Resolutions. lol This year I did sign up for a readers challenge and I am keeping up with it, so I feel I am doing well.

As for the rest...well you DO have 10.5 months left :D

Tiffany0227 said...

That is still an awesome job for about 6 weeks. The only steps to take is baby steps, that way if we fall back it is only a little step back.

I have started a book, how good it is, how well it will succeed, I do not know but I am trying and it is something I have always wanted to do.

Good Luck to everyone!!!!

Aimee said...

Not to nag, Heather but you really should visit the dentist every 6 months. : )