Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year! Happy New Goals! Part 1

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.

2011 Goals

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'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?


  1. I like that you said 'goals' instead of resolutions, I have just written a blog post where I did exactly the same thing! (I haven't published it yet :P)

  2. I had goals that fell short, but I plan on kicking butt this year. Hope you accomplish everything you set out to do.

  3. I think you should apply...each time is a learning experience right? And, I saw something the other day about taking risks...something like: you aren't really living if failure isn't an option.

    I'm trying to remember that in takes risks.

  4. What a year for you, Jess! Full of ups (agents!) and downs (rejections!) but you're so right... If you'd gotten into the MFA program, maybe your WIP would have sat idle for a bit. Some doors close so others can open.

    Here's to a fabulous 2012! May more doors open for you in the new year :)

  5. I had a ton of big goals for 2011. In fact, I wrote a post about that for this Thursday. :) I'm pretty impressed with how many I've actually accomplished, too. Good luck to you with the MFA applications. :)

  6. Small, achievable goals FTW! Mine for 2012 are finish revising my YA WIP (after I finish revising the MG, first) and start a new project.

  7. 2011 was my year for starting. I started writing and have become hooked. Hopefully I can get those next steps in 2012!

    Sounds like your 2011 went well! Can't wait to see what you're going to do with 2012!! :)

  8. so glad you were able to achieve a lot of that!

    re: the MFA program. apply. once you get in or not, then you can figure out what to do from there. if you get rejected again, well, i'm confident you'll be able to brush it off ok considering your attitude last time, and things pointing to how it wasn't meant to be already.

  9. I've thought about MFA programs and have gone back and forth about whether or not I will apply - idk, maybe one day, but good luck to you if you apply again! And I made writer goals in 2011 - met some, didn't come close on others, but I do like making goals (NOT RESOLUTIONS) and striving for them.

  10. I put forth goals every year, but last year for whatever reason, I had none. Well, I wanted to be more vigilant about my dental hygiene (what with my new dental insurance and all) which was a success!

    I attended an MFA program briefly (one semester) and really felt like it cost more than it was worth. The single semester actually did help my writing a lot, and I'm confident I would have been a much better writer by the end of the program, but you can obviously hone your writing skills on your own--for the cost of unlimited craft books. It's a very personal decision, and I hope you figure out the right one for you :) Good luck if you decide to apply!!

  11. Last year at this time I didn't have a blog and I wasn't on social media at all-I didn't even have a FB acct! So the fact that I'm now out there and blogging regularly is huge to me. Last year's self would not believe it!
    Good luck with your goals Jessica :)

  12. I'd say you've had a pretty successful year. Isn't it funny how much rejection sucks when it's happening, but how it opens doors to new and unexpected things? Easy to appreciate in hindsight, I suppose. :)

    My biggest goals for 2011 were to sign with a fantastic agent (check) and survive this deployment without being committed to a rubber room (nearly a check).

    Here's to a happy and successful 2012 for both of us!

  13. I like small, achieveable goals too. My biggest goal for 2011 was to (finally) finish the first draft of my WIP and I did it! Now this year I want to finish revising it and begin the querying process - for the first time!