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Happy New Year!

Wow, I can't believe it's almost 2012--this year really flew by.  I accomplished a lot, and hope next year will be even better for all of us!

I've been thinking about my goals, and decided not to include things like selling a book.  Of course, I'd LOVE to sell one or more manuscripts, but my very wise mentor, Joyce Sweeney, told me it's better to make goals that I have the power to achieve.  I used to have goals like getting published by age 40, and it wasn't easy to see that goal pass me by after all my hard work. I had a lot of close calls this year, and hope next year will be filled with tons of magical moments.

Here are the goals that will hopefully make 2012 a wonderful, successful year:

1.  Revise/rewrite several middle grade novels and write one new MG--get at least one or two novels ready to submit.

2.  Plot out a chapter book series and hopefully write a draft of the first book.

3.  Participate in the 12 x 12 Picture Book Challenge that starts TOMORROW!  I've been fleshing out my PiBoIdMo ideas, and can't wait to write one new draft each month using them.

4.  Write 7 new picture book drafts in May for the NaPiBoWriWee Challenge.  (One will count for both the 12 x 12 and this challenge, which means I'll be writing 18 new PB drafts this year--wow!!!!!)  

5.  Revise at least 15 picture book manuscripts, submit the ones that are ready, and finish polishing up the ones that are almost ready to dazzle.

6. Read tons of books--at least 100 fairly recent picture books, plus more than 30 novels and chapter books. 

7.  Attend at least two conferences.  This should be easy, since I'm already going to the FL SCBWI Conference in January. I can't wait!!!!

And here are a few non-writing goals:

* Spend more time with family and friends.
* Exercise at least 4 times a week (sometimes I'm great with this, and other times, I'm so busy that a week or more slips by without me exercising (luckily, Becca often asks me to walk Lolly with her, so I do move around a bit...but I'd love to be able to keep a regular exercise schedule again.)
* Organize my office (okay, so I guess this is writing-related, but my office is also full of all kinds of mail and school papers that other people throw in there and it's getting hard to see my desk)!
* Try to get more sleep (this is always sooooo hard for me to do, and as you can tell, I'm not sure if I'll be able to achieve this goal, but I'll at least attempt to squeeze in some extra sleep whenever possible). 

Happy New Year!!!  How was 2011 for you, and what are your goals for 2012?

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( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 1st, 2012 12:26 am (UTC)
Nice goals!!! Have a wonderful magical 2012!
Jan. 1st, 2012 04:49 am (UTC)
Thanks, Linda Joy! I hope you have a magical 2012, too. :)
Jan. 1st, 2012 07:49 am (UTC)
That's a cool list mindy, heres hoping you fulfull them all and some surprises along the way. I have written a New Years post on my blog and included a general idea of my goals as I am hoping 12x12 will keep me in check to ensure I bring a few of those PiBoldMo ideas polished enough for publishing... along with losing weight...etc. Happy 2012.

Edit: suddenly realised this actually has my LJ Name instead of (patientdreamer) which is my blog.

Edited at 2012-01-01 07:51 am (UTC)
Jan. 3rd, 2012 01:21 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! I can't wait to check out your 2012 goals, and hope it's an amazing year for you.
Jan. 1st, 2012 10:39 am (UTC)
Oh my Mindy...I haven't posted my goals or new year's wish yet, but I've been thinking on the same lines as you as far as not putting getting a book published as my first and biggest goal.Of course it's there... I wish us the Best!!!!!!
Jan. 3rd, 2012 01:23 am (UTC)
I hope we both have lots to celebrate in 2012, Mona. I hope it's a productive year, filled with great news. :)
Jan. 1st, 2012 04:15 pm (UTC)
That is an impressive set of goals Mindy. I am glad to have someone with your energy in the 12 x 12!!
Jan. 23rd, 2012 02:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow
Thanks, Julie. And wow--I thought I replied to everyone on here while I was on vacation. We were away for two weeks, then I had a conference to get ready for and a birthday week of celebrations for my daughter. I did write my first 12 x 12 manuscript while I was away, and did a few rounds of revision--thanks to your fun challenge!

I can't wait to be more involved with the Facebook group, now that I'm getting back to a normal routine.
Jennifer Rumberger
Jan. 1st, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
2012 Goals
Great goals! Blessings on your success in 2012!
Jan. 23rd, 2012 02:05 pm (UTC)
Re: 2012 Goals
Thanks, Jennifer! I hope you have an amazingly successful 2012, too!
Jan. 2nd, 2012 01:05 pm (UTC)
I tend to set goals that aren't totally in my control too, but I like to torture myself. ;) Good luck with your goals. I hope 2012 is a great year for you.
Jan. 23rd, 2012 02:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Kelly. I hope 2012 is beyond amazing for you. And LOL--it is tempting to make those kinds of goals. ;)
Jan. 2nd, 2012 02:43 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year, Mindy! Good luck with your goals. They are great!
Jan. 23rd, 2012 02:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Rita. How is everything going with your writing? I hope 2012 is an amazing year for you. :)
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Mindy Alyse Weiss
I write humorous middle-grade novels with heart and quirky picture books.

I'm an Administrator on the SCBWI Blueboard, the FL SCBWI Newsletter Editor and Critique Group Coordinator, and a proud member of From The Mixed Up Files...of Middle-Grade Authors

I've been married for twenty years and have two beautiful daughters, an adventurous Bullmasador adopted from The Humane Society, and an adorable Beagle/Pointer mix pup who was rescued from the Everglades.

I've been published in Highlights three times and placed in the 80th Writer's Digest Competition.


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