Since 2,012 is far more things than I want to list or agree to stick to, I have come up with 12 resolutions I intend to keep this year:
1. I will teach my son to tie his shoes–even if it half kills me in the process
2. I will read 25 books this year that I want to read–not for reviews, beta reads, help with edits or any other ‘professional’ reason, but just because I want to read them
3. I will lose that 25 pounds I’ve been carrying around since my youngest son was born (hey, he’s almost five, it’s past time to say farewell)
4. I will keep OFF that extra 25 pounds I’ve been carrying around since my youngest was born–lost 23 of it in 2010 only to have it come back in 2011
5. I will stick to that monthly spending allowance I’ve given myself for ebooks on Amazon (that ‘buy with one click’ thing really adds up. Sheesh)
6. I will say “no” when asked to take on anymore projects, even if I have to practice this in front of the mirror
7. I’ll finish Her Sister’s Intended (working title)
8. I will not wait until the last minute to look for cover images again (oops!)
9. I will NOT under any circumstances change one of my books due to public criticism (unless it’s a genuine typo)
10. I will take no less than 20 accordion lessons (don’t ask, you don’t really want to know)
11. I will give an honest attempt at remembering my manners when making posts on here and refrain from posting about impotence, fondling beasts (sic intended), bathroom habits of stinky men at the mall, and anything else most might find offensive or morally repugnant.
12. I will get to know those who follow me better. But that means YOU have to help, too. I used to recognize about 80% of those who followed me just by seeing their e-mail address. Now? Uh, no. Don’t be shy, feel free to comment or write me with a question you’d like to see me answer. There’ve been very few–if any–questions I’ve refused to answer, including what the note said that Marcus pinned on Emma’s backside before the musical recital or the urgent question regarding my husband’s similarity between another of my heroes.
All of the things listed above are things I either gave up on or habits I broke somewhere along the way in 2011. But at the beginning of 2011, I didn’t have all of you–some of which I consider to be good friends–so I know you’ll all hold me to these. I look forward to a fun 2012 and I hope you all do, too.