Friday, January 1, 2010

2010 -- A New Year and A New Set of Lists

My Focus Statement:
I enjoy being courageous, flexible and focused as I pursue my professional writing and personal family goals.

My Top 5 Priority List for 2010/First Quarter (January - March)

1) Entire family's health improvement through diet, exercise, and medical follow-ups especially for Darling Husband as he undergoes Hip Replacement Surgery in February.
2) Writing and professional development.
3) Household errands and chores organized and streamlined for maximum efficiency.
4) Positive social connections established and built through church, school, gym, neighborhood and writing chapters/friends.
5) Darling Daughter's college tours arranged and driving lessons established (yikes!)

My Writing Goals for 2010

*finish 4th book revision, possibly make it a single title
*enter 4 contests at a minimum with 4th MS, including the MAGGIES and GH
*start fifth first draft of story plotted loosely during a writing workshop
*work on fifth first draft during TOUR DE FORCE in February
*write every day except for high days
*continue querying agents and editors with 3rd MS
*send partial request and synopsis to agent for 4th MS
*maintain daily blog
*continue guest blogging on Romance Magicians
*judge writing contests
*attend Moonlight and Magnolias Writing Conference
*attend RWA National Conference
*pitch 4th book at both conferences
*help with PRO Retreat
*continue learning and growing in my craft with online courses and craft books
*read for fun
*get a domain name
*coordinate online workshops for the Heart of Dixie
*find a co-chair for the online workshop coordination
*work on YA idea over the summer
*realize that life happens and enjoy the detours
*set top 5 priority list and review it regularly to maintain my focus
*be courageous, strong and focused on my dreams and goals

Looks like I heading into 2010 with my eyes focused forward and my feet ready to dash!
Best to all my writing friends as we forge ahead and dream new dreams.



Ellen B said...

Wow, Christine - sounds like you have a busy year ahead of you!

I have no doubt you'll live up to your focus statement even if detours happen. Here's to an excellent 2010!

Christine said...

Ellen, I tend to set the bar high. Then I accomplish so much more than setting it low. Reaching every goal won't happen, but many are checked as done if I set them down.

I know you will have an amazing year. I can't wait to read about your progress on the book.

Here's to 2010!

Zoe said...

I think I might nick some of those goals. I never cease to be amazed at how focused you are in your writing journey, its inspiring.

Good luck with 2010 and I know it will be a good year.

Christine said...

Zoe, feel free to nick any or all of the goals. Thanks for your kind words. I think I am just focused on the writing because I love it and I am determined to give it my best effort.

But the key for me will to maintain a sense of humor and stay flexible throughout all the upcoming known wiggle times.


M.V.Freeman said...

I am writing down my goals now, but they sure are not as ambitious...LOL

You rock!

Christine said...

Mary, we are all juggling different priorities. I love the top 5 list. It has already helped me solidify where I need to go with my first three months of tasks. I can't believe it is already the 1st! Wow, 2010!! Crazy. But here we are. I just had a lovely chat with a contest finalist and we agreed, family first. So it might take us longer to get to the finish line, but we'll have our peeps with us when we cross through the tape and they'll be cheering us on!

Can't wait to read your goals.

Helen Ginger said...

You have a lot of writing goals. That makes me think I should write out my writing goals for the year. Don't know if it would be as long as yours, but if I don't set my goals, how can I reach them?

Straight From Hel

Gwen Hernandez said...

The best thing about goals is you don't have to tackle them alone. I reached and surpassed several of my goals for last year solely because of your help and encouragement.

I hope I can do the same for you this year!