Lots of new goals this year, lots of resolutions to fall down on. Or not, depending on the optimism level. Three are relevant to this blog:
1: Finish writing the book. I’m quite fed up with myself on this one. It has been a back-burner project for far too long. So I have mapped out a plan to finish it and hopefully get it sold—set myself deadlines and everything. We’ll see how it goes.
2: Read more. This may be a tad misleading, as I don’t really think I could read more than I do now—but the plan is to read less stuff for my job and more stuff that I actually want to read. I have three piles of Books To Read by my bed: one stack is material relating to my first goal; one is a pile of YA books I want to read so I can discuss them with my kid when he reads them, and one is a pile of fiction that I keep meaning to dig into and just never get around to. I suspect the house will be filthier than ever this year, but those piles are going to get smaller, by golly.
3: Reach out more. All this reading and writing, while fulfilling in and of itself, should not be my own personal cul de sac. My third intention is to get myself out there more; keep up with goodreads, blog more here, post more about my explorations on social media and maybe make some useful and interesting connections as a result. Or maybe just keep a running tally for my own smug purposes. Whatever!
So for the few of you who read this and are not spammers, I hope you’ll give me positive reinforcement with comments and critiques, suggestions and strictures, dialogue and diatribes!
To kick off the new year, I read the first three books of Lemony Snicket’s All the Wrong Questions series. Not as good as Unfortunate Events, but as I’m older than the target audience they were a breeze to finish and they gave me and the kid something to talk about. Now, I’m plowing through the Divergent series. Finished the first book over the weekend and started the second. I’ll reserve opinion til I’ve finished the trilogy—I’ll offer a small spoiler by mentioning that the kid informed me yesterday that there’s also a spin-off ebook and I’m not sure I’m willing to go out of my way to get it.
What did y’all think of Divergent? And what are you reading now? Or should I just go troll your goodreads accounts??