January 7th, 2008


2007 Goals: Accomplished

So, I looked back at my 2007 goals, thinking, of course I failed; I had no book deal.

Turns out, I was smarter than I thought-- I didn't put "SELL A BOOK" in my goals. 

So I guess I DID accomplish the following:

1) Pick up my adult novel (A romance), THE TRUTH ABOUT EVER AFTER. I worked on it a bit, shared it with the agent, and discussed fatal flawsthat ultimately led to the books demise. Wisely shelved it. 

2) Revise if/as neccessary on JETSETTERS and/or Prada & Prejudice in order to continue towards my first sale.  Dod this, for sure. I've learned, though, that revising is a double edged sword and to use it wisely.

3) Finish my AA degree. I'm enrolled for my final quarter, which ends in March, and then I'll have my 2 year degree. Done! I now have an associate in arts degree.

4) Complete the major remodeling portion of the house (a whole new kitchen), and then work on the smaller projects. Done! Atleast, the "major" part. The kitchen, floors, fences, etc. All done.

5)Hopefully start a second novel at some point this year and complete it. Done! Since I didnt do the adult one named in goal #1, I completed two new novels.

6) Continue working with my Critique partner(s), learning from them and contributing to their own writer's journey.  Done! I'm particularly proud of this one, being that my crit partner sold to Random House in 2007! 

In addition to my goals, i read the following books:

1. The Secret Identity of Devon Delaney (Lauren Barnholdt)
2. Sins of a Duke (Suzanne Enoch)
3. Speak (Laurie Halse Anderson)
4. Wicked Lovely (Melissa Marr)
5. AustenLand (Shannon Hale)
6. Looking For Alaska (John Green)
7. Two-Way Street (Lauren Barndholdt)
8. Revenge of the Homecoming Queen (Stephanie Hale)
9. TTYL (Lauren Myracle)
10. Rebel Angels (Libba Bray)
11. Megan Meade's guide to the Mcgown Boys (Katie Brian)
12. The Summit (Kat Martin)
13. Boys Next Door (Jennifer Echols)
14. If I have a wicked stepmother, where's my prince?
15. Platinum (Jennifer Barnes)
16. Z for Zachariah (Robert C O'Brien)
17. True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (Avi)
18. Victoria and the Rogue (Meg Cabot)
19. The girl on the Milk Carton
20. Hacking Harvard (Robin Wasserman)
21. The Boyfriend List (E. Lockhart)
22. Thirteen Reasons Why (Jay Asher)
23. Uninvited (Amanda Marrone)
24. What Jane Austen ate and Charles Dickens knew (Daniel Pool)
25. An unwilling conquest
26. Halfway to the Grave (Jeaniene Frost)
27. Private (Kate Brian)
28. Invitation Only (Kate Brian)
29. I'd tell you I love you but then I'd have to kill you (Ally Carter)
30. Countess under stairs (Eva Ibbotson)
31. Water for Elephants (Sara Gruen)
32. Feed (MT Anderson)
33. Catalyst (Laurie Halse Anderson)
34. Dead Certain [The Presidency of George W. Bush] by Robert Draper

So, overall, a busy, productive year. Soon I'll make my 2008 goals, and I'll be smart again and only put those things I can control. :-)