When I was small(er) I started each year with a list of things to do before my next birthday.
I did a list when I was 19 and 20. I felt altogether uninspired for my list of 21 things and it’s still sitting in drafts. Since my birthday is in January*, it coincides with New Year resolutions and therefore: I require a list of awesome.
It’s not just a bookish list — it’s an everything list.
And it took me forever to think up because, yes I’m a writer, but apparently (in real life) I’m extremely unimaginative. **
* I’m turning 21 this year. Yes, very old. I can legally do ALL THE THINGS now. Which are…I don’t know? Buy spray paint? Purchase knives? I can legally be a serial killer, I suppose, but that’s not on my to-do list. No, no, I mean to take the world by force of wit and wonder.
** Ironies, right?
This also is my first year of solo blogging so…I have a little survey for you.
And I would adore it if you took, like, 2.4 minutes and threw some answers at me. I’m bouncing around a few ideas because I love to keep blogging exciting and different.
It’s completely anonymous, so be honest, my bioluminescent blogglings. I will not come after you with small sharp objects and I will not glare. Promise.
If the form doesn’t show up above, you can also find it here. But onto my list, right? Ready for this?
1. Read 150 books
Yes I did read 200+ books in 2014…but a) I am an overachiever so let me aim low so overachieving doesn’t hurt my brain, and b) I have a puppy now, and c) I really hope to write more this year.
2. Reach 2,000 followers
Because it’s a cool number and for ALL MY BORN DAYS* I’ve dreamed of being an exceptionally famous blogger.
* Like, well, for the last 3 years, but don’t be a wet blanket on my enthusiastic exaggerations.
3. Have a manageable TBR of only 7 or less books at a time.
Ha. HAHAHAHAHA HA. This is so hilarious and impossible but HEY. It’s good to have a few impossible goals, right? Maybe…
Okay, don’t even answer that.
4. Zentangle on ALL THE THINGS
Basically: become better at zentangling. I would love to draw on dust jackets and plates and mugs and shoes. But I need to be better. And the only way to get better is to draw more. (I am so wise, I know.)
5. Catch up on famous authors I’m hopelessly behind on.
Llike Rick Riordan, Julie Kawaga, Neil Gaiman, Ally Carter, Laurie Halse Anderson, J.K Rowling, and Neal Shusterman.
6. Start a Giving Back feature.
This is still being plotted by my marvellous brain, BUT, I’m hesitantly thinking about offering critiques on queries or beginnings of books. (I would love to know your thoughts.)
7. Edit/rewrite at least 2 books.
Because I have a habit of not editing and IT IS BAD. I must change this! I must edit!
8. Draft at least 2 of my Shiny Ideas into manuscripts
Do you know how many ideas I have? HUNDREDS. The trouble will be picking the project.
9. Start a Figment or Wattpad account and post a serial-story
This could be the biggest mistake of ever. BUT! I have heard of published authors doing this (I know Sarah J Maas and Susan Dennard write a sci-fi flick together on tumblr) and I do have projects that won’t fit into the publishing world. So why not?! It would be nerve-wracking though. I might scream.
10. Participate in Mel @ The Daily Prophecy’s Fairy Tale Retelling Challenge.
I love fairy-tales! This is PERFECT for me. And I already have two I’m most definitely reading this year (Fairest and Winter by Marissa Meyer…and if you didn’t know I was going to say that then you do not know me).
There are different levels depending on how much you read. I’m aiming for Big Bad Wolf — read 10 to 15 retellings.
11. Complete this Bookish Bingo hosted by The Girly Geek.
12. DIY some shoes
I’ve always wanted to do this.
13. Experiment more with photography
As Lydia says, “because that’s how you get good”…and seriously peoples, I want to be better at photography!
14. Do an Art Assignment from the Youtube channel
I want to do different things.
15. Reread some childhood favourite books
I grew up reading Sonlight books and I want to revisit one or two! Or nine billion. Most of them are small, so who knows?! Maybe I will read nine billion.
16. Fill an entire journal
Don’t ask with what. Who needs specifics? Cool quotes? Zentangle doodles? World domination plans? The theory of evil genius?
17. Bake a bookish recipe
I had this on my list 2 years ago and still haven’t done it.
18. Finish 5 series/trilogies
You know how I suck at finishing things?! LET THIS BE A YEAR OF FINISHING THINGS.
19. DIY mini book necklaces
Because how awesome are these?!
20. Turn an old book into a journal
I’ve found copious tutorials…all of which involve ingredients I don’t have. BUT WHATEVER. I’ll make it up as I go along*.
* Story of my life…also story of many failed projects. But who dwells on these sorts of details? Not me.
21. Buy a book I’m really looking forward to
I never buy books. I could probably list the amount of books I bought on one hand. I also want 2015 to be a year of doing things that make me happy, and this would make me very happy.
22. Keep commenting back, replying to comments, and reading everyone’s blogs!
I blog because I want to talk to everyone about books, but (I admit…even your overlord has moments of weakness) sometimes it gets overwhelming. And then I delete everything and do nothing. Not my best moments. SO! I want to keep on top but also take breaks if I need to.
my bookish resolutions are quite late this year and I’ve read a lot of your posts…but feel free to link me up to any goals/lists/resolutions you have for 2015! also tell me all the things…did you fill out the survey? need to yell/whisper anything to me? what do you think of my goals?! want to join me in any of them?!
Cait accidentally published this post twice. SO. If you get two emails from her…sorry. She may or may not have had a mini heart attack when it went up all half done. She was Loki’d by her own blog, okay?! ANYWAY. She’s about to start Red Queen which will be her 3rd book of the year.