It occurs to me that I didn’t make any New Year’s Resolutions this year.
Usually I try to make resolutions that are at least moderately: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound (I don’t really like SMART as a must-have, not all worthwhile goals can be squeezed into that framework, but it can be useful at times). It was the basis for finishing my first draft, for example.
The trouble is, it seems as though everything I might have resolved to do is already in motion in one way or another. The only thing I haven’t done (yet) is get myself onto the big social media sites. My problem is that simply signing up and creating a Valery North profile on twitter, facebook, etc seems a bit quick – I can resolve to do that this week, it’s not a year’s resolution. On the other hand, I don’t know what is realistic and attainable in terms of maintaining the presence, especially when right now I am still deeply engrossed in actually writing.
The successes and things in motion are: finishing the second draft, revamping my personal image and style, and practising music. I am also maintaining my efforts in the dating/talking to people stakes: although slow progress, I think progress is there.
I’d like to say that my resolution is to make my novel fit for (self-)publication by the end of 2014, but I have no idea if that is realistic or attainable, and suspect it probably isn’t. But still, I’m going for it. Like I said, not everything worthwhile can be squeezed into a SMART straitjacket.