Time for reflection. Did we achieve our goals for 2017? Do we have goals for #2018? How are we doing? Are we productive? Are we good humans? What does the future hold, and how does our past predict that?
One of my goals for 2017 was to write an essay a week. I joined Vanessa Martir’s #52essays2017 challenge. I did write those essays, and I learned a lot about myself along the way. The primary result was a change in the way I wrote my weekly column. I started out mainly reporting without personal comment. By year’s end, every column contained elements of personal essay.
I also wrote essays that got published in literary magazines.
I wrote new poems and signed a multiple book contract to publish collections of my poetry.
I completed a new full-length play, which won me a residency at Firefly Farms.
I attended a weeklong workshop with Lori L. Lake in Oregon.
I attended a five-day workshop with Anna March in Ireland.
I gave up trying to write the third Shirley Combs mystery. If I ever return to it, I’m on Chapter Six. But I lost interest and finally stopped beating myself up about it, and wrote what I was interested in.
My goals for 2018:
Submit more work to literary journals, even if that means writing less. Take the time to create the piece I want to see, and continue to submit that work until it finds the right home.
Write more poetry. I wrote three poems in December, and that feels just right to me. So I will set my goal for two new poems a month.
Find a way to have a reading of my new full length play. I want to hear the entire play read in one setting.
My other goals for this year are to take care of my health and continue to learn something new. I’m studying French again at the moment.
How about you? How was your 2017 and what are your goals for the new year?