It's now 2019, which means it's time for new year's resolutions! First, we'll review last year's resolutions, and then I'll list my new ones for this year.
2018 Resolution Review
1) Transcribe my old diaries.
I don't even remember making this resolution! I think I did make some progress in my transcription, and I got to the end of my freshman year of college... but 2013 is still a good ways away from 2018. 😬
2) Finish editing The Prophecy Keeper and start editing Coca.
Once again, I got through a lot of THE PROPHECY KEEPER, but I didn't finish editing it before I decided to switch over to CUCUY (previously called COCA), which I've been working on ever since. I'm so close to being done with this edit finally, agh!
3) Write a new novel.
I knew this was a bit of a stretch goal when I wrote it down, and indeed, I didn't end up writing a new novel this year. My continued work on CUCUY led to me postponing my new novel til this year.
4) Do well in my MLIS classes.
I did do well, with continued straight As, though the summer class was so stressful that it ended up being the catalyst for my decision to quit my MLIS.
5) Test all of the "yellow column" foods on the IC Network diet to see if I can tolerate them.
Once again, I'm somewhat surprised by this resolution. Clearly my memory is bad enough that I need to review my resolutions mid-year. I did test many, possibly most, of the yellow column foods, but I did not test them all. I still have a handful more to do.
6) Go on a date.
Ha ha. Ha ha ha.
7) Read 365 books.
I thought I was ready for this, but I actually had a hard time keeping up with my reading this year. I'm not sure why, but it's at least partly because I've been paying more attention to alternate forms of storytelling, like movies, TV, podcasts, and even phone games. In the end, I only made it to 318 books. ("Only!" cries someone in the audience.)
8) Read the scriptures (most) every evening.
For most of the year, I did not accomplish this, but I am pleased to say I've done well on it the last few months.
9) Continue making progress towards a more stable existence with my chronic illnesses.
Gold star for Kira! Something I finally actually did.
1) Maintain my physical and mental health.
This is something that's not totally in my control, unfortunately, but I hope to do my best with it. Certainly the last thing I want is for my chronic illnesses to worsen again..
2) Make back the startup cost of my online editing business.
This is the first of three possible goals I have for my business this year (once it opens) and the one I'm most likely to achieve. I really hope I do! Once I reach this goal, my next business goals are to make enough to pay taxes and to have at least a project a month.
3) Finish this edit of CUCUY and get it to beta readers.
I SWEAR IT'LL HAPPEN THIS TIME.
4) Write a new novel.
Once I finish editing CUCUY, I'm planning on using the next NaNoWriMo event to get this done, though I'm still going back and forth on which idea to go with. A lot of ideas occurred to me during the years I was too sick to write a full original novel. And once I've written this new novel... I'm not sure what I'll do next. There are plenty of possibilities!
5) Apply for SSI.
I've been too disabled to work for a couple of years, but now I'm finally clear-headed enough to figure out the SSI process and apply. (Ironic, isn't it, that I had to become less disabled in order to apply for disability?) If I manage to somehow make more than the SSI limit, then this will no longer be applicable, but I doubt that will happen.
6) Read 325 books.
This is a more realistic reading goal for me now, I hope!
7) Get a more steady part-time remote job in the editing/writing field.
This is my stretch goal for the year, since it's really not under my control, but I'm applying for positions and I hope by the end of the year to have one pan out for me. Since running your own business, especially at the start, can be an irregular prospect, I figure this is a good idea. I'm not currently able to do anything other than part-time remote work, but this way, I'll make what money I can.
So that's that! Didn't do as well as I thought on my 2018 goals, but there's a whole new year ahead of us! What are your resolutions? Let me know, and I'll be back Saturday with the first humor post of the year.
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