1–read more. This is a big one for me. As much as I love reading, my life over the last couple of years has been spent jumping between writing and edits. I was at the computer so much the thought of reading anything else—even if it wasn’t on a screen—made my brain ache. Which is why I resorted to listening to audio books in the car. I do a whole lot of driving to and from the gym (it’s nearly an hour each way), so at least I was still getting some ‘reading’ in. But this year, I want to do more. I want to read at least a dozen books (paper, not electronic). I think I only managed four last year, and I actually miss it!
And my first novel? The Hobbit. I’ve read Lord of the Rings so often I’ve lost count, but I’ve never read the Hobbit. I tried once, long ago, but I think because I’d read LOTR first, The Hobbit seemed flat by comparison. I’d like to try it again now that I’ve seen the first movie.
2–write a book just for fun. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job and I love writing my contracted books, but there’s something very freeing in writing something that belongs to no one but me.
3–go on a holiday. No writing, no editing, no checking or answering emails. A real holiday, not a holiday and conference combined (as my trips last year were). Just several weeks away to do nothing but relax. I have actually booked this–I’m going to France for 3 blissful weeks and doing nothing but eating, drinking and enjoying the scenery
On the business side of things:
1–get my office into some semblance of order, Right now, it is a complete and utter mess. I’d like to blame the fact that we are currently renovating and half the house is sitting in my study, but the truth is, I am not the tidy type.
2–keep up to date with my tax paperwork. My annual panic over finding receipts is getting a little old. Or maybe I am. lol
3–keep ahead of deadlines. I don’t usually have much trouble with deadlines, but this year and next I have 9 ImaJinn books being re-released by Bantam, and they all need to go through edits, copy edits and galley checks. And that is going to play merry hell with my new book deadlines if I’m not very careful.
So, that’s me. What about you? What are your 2013 goals?