January 8, 2015

Ringing in The New Year

A couple of random thoughts for the New Year:

1. I’m starting off the new year in querying hell. 


In retrospect, I wish I hadn’t started right before the holidays. I did it because my 2014 goal was to send out a few queries, and I literally waited until the last possible moment to do that. Mostly I was afraid to jump in, and I didn’t think about how starting in December would add extra weeks to an already excruciating process that can turn even the most patient person (which I'm not) into an angst-ridden, mouth-foaming, deranged lunatic. On one hand, I have a few fulls/partials out and only a few rejections. On the other hand, now that people are back in the office, I constantly feel like I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop.

2. Goals. I really like them. I love the idea of turning over a new leaf and starting fresh—although I’m pretty consistent about setting goals throughout the year, it’s fun to start with brand new shiny ones. And lists? Be still my heart. There’s nothing that makes me happier than finishing goals and crossing them off a list.

For example, here's my list for January:
Obviously it's very specific to me and may be overkill, but it fills the criteria of being specific, measurable, and written. By crossing things off on a regular basis, I feel like I’m constantly accomplishing something. Especially for writing, when there are so many factors I can’t control. It lets me feel like I’m controlling the aspects that I can.

3. Querying sucks, but I’m working on two projects that I’m excited about. It’s fun to put away the novel that consumed all of last year and create something new and shiny (there’s that phrase again. Apparently I really like shiny things?).

4. I’m giving my year a theme. I read this really awesome post on tips to help with New Year’s productivity. There are several I’ll try to implement, but my favorite is this:

A one-word theme creates simplicity, clarity, and life change. You’ll find renewed passion and purpose by achieving laser-like focus that drives productivity.

Best of all, one word transforms not only what you do, but who you become; it impacts every area of life—physical, relational, mental, spiritual, emotional, vocational, and financial. One-word focus eliminates distractions and turns our intentions into actions.

I want my word to be tenacity. Or discipline. Tenapline? Discacity? Can I just pick two, please?

It’s easy for me to get bogged down in the millions of different ideas for success, so I like the idea of focusing on one method of achieving a lot of different types of goals. In all of my little goals, I just have to remind myself to be disciplined and tenacious, and the rest will fall into place.

5. Let it Go. 
In addition to a lot of goals and discipline, I also want to learn to let go a bit more. Relax occasionally. Waste time. Tinker. Think. Just be instead of always freaking out about the details.

My favorite mind-numbing distraction lately is Legos. It’s been a while since I’ve done my own—my kids got a dozen sets for Christmas, and I helped assemble those until my fingers bled—but my husband is awesome (and desperate to find ways to help me calm the eff down) and gave me some of my own. This is all I’ve had time for so far:
But, I can’t wait to start playing around with this bad-boy:

2014 was a good year—nothing life-changing happened, but I made gradual, consistent progress on a lot of aspects of my life. I hope 2015 will be a year of enjoying the benefits of the hard work.

I keep seeing this meme going around the internet:
It’s probably cliché to post it again, but I love the idea that the new year is a blank page. I’m counting on the fact that a lot of good writerly things can happen in 365 days.

What about you? How do you feel about New Year's resolutions? Any new focuses for you in 2015?


  1. Hi! I'm starting to query this year too! I've been working on finding a balance between obsessing over my book and taking time to relax. I love the one word for the year! I think mine would be balance.

    1. Thanks so much for you comment, Season! (I love your name, btw!) I think balance is the PERFECT word while querying. If you can find it, it'll probably save you a lot of heartache and obsessing about the process. Here's to hoping your query process is quick and painless! But if it's not and you need someone to commiserate with, I'll be here. Best of luck!