A new year. A blank slate. A path of untrodden snow just waiting for someone to tromp through and leave her footprints. I think I did a pretty decent job with my resolutions for 2012. To recap, they were 1) reduce refined sugar intake, 2) run a half-marathon, and 3) set goals. I did reduce sugar intake; I even began baking primarily with dates and I ceased using agave nectar due to the health risks. I ran two half-marathons–the Flying Pig and the Huber Heights. And I have definitely begun setting some personal and professional goals as I worked on my first novel, pursued service in the Reserves, and considered graduate school in a different career field.
This year, my goals are primarily personal at this stage because I don’t know if we’ll be moving. If we move, it would affect my professional aspirations, so I am waiting before considering those goals. As of right now, my goals for the new year are:
1. Finish my first novel
Although I “won” the NaNoWriMo challenge by writing 50,000 words in 30 days, my young adult fantasy novel remains incomplete. My heroine still has stuff to do! And I’m not exactly sure where I’m headed. But I want to take the next few months to finish it up and edit.
2. Start a second novel
I really want to finish up my first novel before October so I can spend that month outlining and preparing my second novel, because I want to participate in NaNoWriMo again! I’m still undecided about what type of novel I’ll do this time. Originally, I’d envisioned the first novel beginning a series, perhaps a trilogy. But whether that happens depends on how this first novel ends. I do have an interest in writing paranormal romance, probably a result of all the Gena Showalter and Heather Killough-Walden I’ve been reading lately. I’d probably use a pen name if I decide to do that since I think I would surprise (shock) a lot of people. It seems like it’d be really fun to write that genre.
3. Run a trail half-marathon
At this point, I’ve run ten half-marathons, all street runs, and I am ready for a new challenge. I enjoyed the Tac Force Challenge earlier this year and the longest trail run I’ve done so far is a 10-miler in Saarbrucken, Germany, so I thought a good goal would be to run a trail half marathon. I also greatly prefer races with few entrants (more personal, better parking, convenience, less of a logistical pain overall), so a trail race with fewer than 500 entrants sounds great.
That’s what I’m looking at so far….what about you?