Justine: New Year’s Resolutions (Already!)

new years resolutionsYes, we’re not even at Christmas yet. Yes, I’m giving up a great post that would be more appropriate in a few weeks. But after listing my pie-in-the-sky-if-there-were-no-rules-of-physics Christmas list last week, I’m already moving on to the new year and New Year’s Resolutions.

It turns out New Year’s Resolutions have been around for awhile. The Babylonians used to make promises to pay back debts and returned borrowed items. Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus (after which January is named). Knights took the “peacock vow” at the end of the Christmas season to reaffirm their commitment to chivalry. So it seems normal that I should make a few commitments to myself.

I’ve not done a good job of that over the last year. I don’t even remember what my New Year’s Resolutions were last year, but I think they had something to do with Finishing The Damn Book (still not done), treating writing like a career (yeah, that went out the window when I signed up to be the VP of my kids’ PTA), and who knows what else.

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Justine: My Plan for Finishing The Damn Book

deadlineI’ve been out of my story, and out of my character’s heads, for quite awhile now. Since the beginning of July. It wasn’t really intentional – we went on vacation, which was promptly followed up by RWA, and the last week and a half I’ve been gearing up for the start of school for my kids.

There are advantages to being out of my story, the biggest being I see it with fresh eyes. The other advantage is it makes me realize I want to quit working on my current book and get on with the next one. It’s like an albatross around my neck. And so, as Rachel Beecroft, friend and frequent commenter dared suggested, here is my plan for Finishing The Damn Book (tempered by a Reality Check):

August 14th EOD

  1. Complete the outstanding critiques I need to do (5 or 6 of them) and turn them in to their respective owners.
  2. Review the last 5 or 6 chapters I was working on before my hiatus and have a game plan for what stays, what goes, and what needs to change.

Reality Check: kids are starting (new!) school, I still have PTA stuff to finish up, we’re having part of our house painted, and I have lots of doctor appointments that I’ve been putting off. Continue reading