Sunday, January 4, 2015

Bookish and Non Bookish Goals for 2015

First, let's see how I did on last year's goals:

1. Post to the blog at least 5 times a month-It looks like I did pretty well on this one. Some months I did less, some months I did more.

2. Read more short stories-I definitely accomplished this one. I read far more short stories this year than possibly any other year of my life, and I read Vampires in the Lemon Grove, which I helpfully pictured in last year's post.

3. Read more poetry-I probably did, thanks to the Missouri Reviews, but I didn't read Dispatch to the Future, which I'd pictured.

4. Write every day-I'm not sure if I wrote EVERY single day, but I definitely wrote a lot, including blog posts, personal writing, and lesson plans.

5. Go for a walk at least three times a week-Definitely not. I'll have to rectify that this year.

6. Go to more bookish events-Last year, I only made it to the National Book Festival. Hopefully, I can do better this year.

7. Read at least one book for a book club/discussion-Nope. I'll have to try again.

8. Host a literary gathering of some sort-No again.

9. Read at least two books translated from a different language-Looking back, I can't find any translated books-but I did read several set in other countries/cultures, like Under the Jeweled Sky by Alison McQueen and Anchee Min's books about the last empress of China.

10. Read at least three non-fiction books-I read ten and a half, including The Princes in the Tower, pictured in the post (The half was The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2014, which includes both fiction and non-fiction). I'm keeping up my trend of reading more non-fiction in recent years, my grandfather would be proud.

Bookish and Non Bookish Goals for 2015

1. Post to the blog at least 6 times a month.

2. Read even more short stories--and do a better job of keeping track of them. Plan a "Best Short Stories" and/or "Best SFF Short Stories" post for the end of this year.

3. Read more books, stories, poems etc. by minority authors. I've done a fair job in recent years of reading more women, let's see if I can do the same for minorities/be more aware of that in my reading.

4. Read more books from other countries (sneaky way of saying "read more translated books," but this will also cover other English-speaking countries).

5. Write more short stories.

6. Submit more writing to places.

7. Read more pedagogical texts.

8. Go to more professional development classes and seminars.

9. Read more how-to texts,i.e. learn more about computers and other life skills.

10. Live better-exercise more, eat healthier, relax more.

That's all, folks!

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