Yay! It's 2012! 2011 was great to me, but it was also a pain in my ass, so I'm pretty glad to let it go. And I'm welcoming 2012 with open arms. This is going to be my year, y'all! (I don't know why I just said y'all...I was born and raised in southern California. Apparently 2012 is the year I pick up a new dialect.)
And, you? It's going to be YOUR year, too. I think there are some major things in store for us in 2012, friends, and I can't wait to see it all go down.
I'm all about goal setting over here (not resolutions...goals), so I thought I would look back at the goals I set for 2011 and see how I did with those before I set some goals for 2012.
1. Query my current WIP - CHECK
I had hoped to do this a lot sooner than I actually did it, but a year ago I guess I had no concept of how much more work the project still needed. I'm so glad I took my time on this and polished my book to perfection, because it landed me an amazing agent. Had I sent it out before it was ready just to cross this off the list, I can tell you it wouldn't have been too successful.
So, this goal was accomplished, and it had the best possible result. YAY!
2. Apply to MFA program - CHECK
Well, I did apply, I just didn't get in. I just went back and read the post I wrote about my rejection...it's so funny how things work out, isn't it? I talked about how it just wasn't meant to be, and then I end the post talking about how I won a query critique. Well, that query critique ended up being the springboard to me signing with Jill, but I obviously had no idea at the time. I mean, who knows, maybe if I had been in that MFA program, maybe I would have put my WIP on the back burner and never finished it so I could focus on school. Maybe that's the reason I didn't get in.
I don't know. It's weird to think about these things.
Anyway, I am still considering applying to a different program. I found one I am very interested in, and I have about a month until the application deadline. I keep going back and forth...mainly about the cost. I don't really want to take out more student loans, but getting a master's degree would mean a big raise at work. And what if I get rejected again? Ooof, what a blow to the ego. Le sigh. I just want someone to make the decision for me.
3. Start something new - CHECK
I started a new project for NaNoWriMo, but I'm going to let that one stew for awhile. In December I started brainstorming / outlining something totally new that has been a lot of fun so far. I can't wait to see where it goes!
This is why I love small, achievable goals. It's so much fun to be able to cross them ALL off. What a sense of accomplishment.
Tomorrow I'm going to look at my goals for 2012.
So, did you have any big goals for 2011? Did you accomplish them?