It's almost here. No, not Christmas. 2012. I've been thinking a lot in the last few weeks about what I want to happen, what I want to do, in 2012. The first decision I made was that I want to cut my reading way back.
I'll give you a moment to recover from that bombshell.
Right now I'm on target to read 300 books in 2011. That's a lot of books, and I've enjoyed all that reading thoroughly. But I want to expand a few horizons in 2012, which means I'm going to have to spend less time reading. My goal is to cut the reading in half-- I'm aiming for 150 books in 2012.
The big reason I want to cut the reading time is that I want to significantly increase the writing time. As in, actually do some. My goal is a little fuzzy in this area, but I think I want to go for two completed pieces in 2012, with at least one of those stories polished up and ready for submission. (I know that sounds massive, but I'm thinking novella length, not 80,000+ word novels.)
I really want to knit some stuff this year. It's been fun getting back to knitting after taking off most of 2011. (Depression and joint pain pretty much killed my interest in it for a while.) I'm thinking about doing a 12 in 12. That is, 12 projects completed in 2012. But not just any projects. I want them to be stuff for ME. I knit things for other people all the time, but I don't remember the last project I made for myself. I have a boat load of sock yarn, with one slow going sock on the needles. I have a *gorgeous* beaded scarf that I started like two years ago and have never finished. I have a wacky shawl that I started a few months ago and had to set aside for other projects. I just want to do some stuff for myself.
I want to get into the habit of gentle, regular exercise. I know it will help me significantly. Exercise is one of the major recommendations for people with Fibromyalgia. Physical activity kills me right now, and it probably will for quite a while once I get started. But I can't use that as an excuse anymore. I have to do it.
Part of the reason I want to improve my condition and stamina is that there is not just one, but *two* conventions I'd really like to go to in 2012. RT (Romantic Times) is in Chicago in April. That's too close to miss if there's any way I can make it. If I want to do anything other than sleep in my room all week, I've got to get my body used to moving and doing again. The other convention is Gay Rom Lit, which is in October in Albuquerque. Getting there will be a bit of a pain in the ass. Either I'll have to fly, which will be quick and hopefully painless. (Minus any body cavity searches security might decide to run.) My other option would be to take the train. Which actually sounds fun and romantic, riding the rails and all. But it adds at least two days of travel both directions, and that might do me in. (If I get a room with a bed, which I would absolutely do on a trip of this length, the price will be about the same as flying first class, which I kind of need to do for the larger seat size. So pricing isn't the issue so much as how hard each travel option is likely to be on me.)
My thought process right now is that I'll try RT and see how it goes. If I have a major problem, well, home is only a couple of hours away. If I make it through RT without a hitch, then I have a better idea if I'll be up to the trip to Albuquerque in October.
You didn't think I would make it all the way through a list of goals without saying something about my disaster area, did you? I want to do a little bit of cleaning every single day. I'm not up to big stuff. Just the thought of tackling the whole thing is enough to make me roll over and go back to sleep. What I'm going to do is put on some music and clean to at least one song every day. If I clean to one 3-5 minute song a day, it adds up to 20-35 minutes of cleaning time a week. That will make at least a small dent in the disaster every week. There are plenty of things I can do for 3-5 minutes without even leaving my bed. Like clearing all the accumulated junk off my nightstands. I think clearing out the crap and clutter will make me feel better emotionally. It will probably help physically, too, because we've gotten well beyond the "write your finger in the dust" stage in spots. (I give the computer screen and a short set of shelves by the bed a quick swipe with a Swiffer duster when I think about it, which isn't often. Everything else is on its own.)
Finally, this is kind of a new idea to me, and I'm a little unsure about it. But I think I might want to try the 365 Project. If you're unfamiliar, the idea is to take a picture every day for 365 days, and post them. I've really enjoyed snapping pictures with my Samsung thingy, and it might be fun to challenge myself to find something interesting to take a picture of every day for a year. The challenge would be that I rarely leave the house. At least 320 pictures would need to be taken from inside the house. (And that may be a slightly generous on the side of how many out-in-the-world pictures I actually manage to take.) I feel like this might push me a little, in a good way. So I think I'm going to do it.
So, there you go. Seven sections of goals for the new year. (I'm also considering a book buying cap. I have enough TBR books on the Kindle right now that I could make my 150 books goal and still have some left over. But not buying books that I want is HARD, especially when you've got gift certificates or there's a sale on. I'll be contemplating this one a bit more.) Will I make them all? Who knows. But it feels like they're all pretty reasonable. They're all action in a positive direction. So I think for now they'll do.