Ooh, these are always so tough. There are so many things I want to do, but I also know that some I probably won’t (at least not in 2015), and I have a horror of unfinished lists. Anyways, I tried to keep the list mostly book-related (if not completely), and have written them below in no particular order. [My goals from last year]
10. Get a job in publishing
Technically, in order of importance, this should be Numero Uno, but I put it at the top of my list for the same reason. Honestly, of all the goals on my list, this is the only one that’s not negotiable. I’m moving to NYC in a few short weeks for an internship that I strongly believe will pave the way for a paid position somewhere within the publishing industry. I’ve been gunning for you for years now, my lovely publishing people. JUST TRY TO STOP ME NOW!
9. Read more non-fiction
Literally less than one percent of my reading last year was non-fiction, which is a real shame. I love learning new things. Give me a good book on ancient wars or historical blunders or black holes or serial killers or any number of other things, and I’m a happy camper. I miss that part of my reading life, and while I don’t think it’s realistic to think that I’ll be reading a ton of non-fiction next year, I do hope to bump up my percentage at least a little.
8. Read more historical and post-apocalyptic fiction
I really should have split these two up, but oh well. I cheated. The point is that I haven’t read nearly enough of either genre. My historical percentage was pretty strong in 2014 (13.75%), but I’d like to make it even stronger. Also, I’ve discovered that apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction nicely fills the hole left behind by dystopian fiction. Forget evil overlords and the Big Bad Government. Give me puny humans fighting against nature itself!
7. Go to BEA
I’m iffy on this one, because I don’t know how my year and schedule will shake out. However, since I’m already in New York, and therefore wouldn’t have to pay for flights or a hotel, I’d like to make it to at least one day. It would be awful to have all my friends in the city and watch them have fun without me.
6. Hang out with book people
Speaking of which! I had this resolution last year and failed miserably. But THIS YEAR. This year I will be in New York where both blogger friends and publishing friends dwell. You have been put on notice, my people. We will hang out and drink coffee (or whatever) and swap books and generally enjoy each other’s company. Okay? Okay.
5. Visit The Strand (and try not to die)
I have heard of The Strand. It sounds wonderful. Actually, it sounds like the sort of place that would send me into a coma of pure joy the moment I step through the doors. The plan is to go diving into the shelves with a buddy (or multiple buddies) who can pull me out if I forget to eat/sleep/work/breathe.
4. Read more books from my own shelf
I will likely never leave ARCs behind, especially not now that I’m really entering the publishing world. And that’s cool. I love ARCs. But I have too many gorgeous books on my shelves begging to bed read, and I’m sick of ignoring them. MAMA’S COMIN’!
3. Attend a Broadway production
This one is all iffy just because of money, but if I’m going to live in New York, I really should see something on Broadway. I’m thinking Phantom of the Opera, Aladdin, The Lion King, Cinderella, or Newsies. (Yes, I’m a Disney-o-phile. What’s it to you?)
2. Grow a plant
I don’t think I’ve ever been able to keep a plant alive. Ever. Part of the problem may be that when they “die” in winter, I assume they’re dead for real and then throw them away. Oops. Anyways, I’d like to change that this year.
1. Keep up with the blog
I’m really worried about my ability to post regularly in the coming year. My life was busy enough in December that I had to stop posting for a bit, and it was surprisingly hard to come back. I’m not saying I’ll blog forever nor that I’ll continue with six posts a week like I’ve been doing. But I don’t want to stop. Not yet.
Bonus: Prepare for a cat
This is one of those “goals” that I won’t officially put on my list in case something changes. However, I decided a while back that one of my life goals is to own an angle-faced black cat and name him Eugenides Attolis. I love dogs, but I don’t have the temperament to own a dog, while I think I’d do just find with a cat. My sister’s cat rules the roost at home, but in New York, in my own apartment? I need to get settled in the city first, both physically and financially, and make sure that any potential roommates are okay with a little furball hanging around… But then at the very least I can start stockpiling supplies slowly, even if I’m not prepared to own a living thing in 2015. But we’ll see. 🙂