Monday, January 9, 2012


They say that people who make official New Year's Resolutions are ten times more likely to keep them than people who plan to change but don't "resolve" to do so. I've got a few that I'm not willing to share for fear of jinxing them -- in particular, I believe it was Mur Lafferty who pointed out how many defunct blogs end with a post promising to blog more.

Yeah. Don't want to go there.

But I do have one small resolution that I decided to make public: like Natalie Whipple, I'll be reading a minimum of one book a week in 2012. I've posted the link to my 2012-tagged books in the sidebar (ah, LibraryThing, how I love you) because I want to not only read these books, but track them properly. I have no idea how many books I read on average each year because I never keep track. I'm a very fast reader, and I used to read voraciously. I was about to say that I stopped making reading a priority after I had my daughter and started actively pursuing publication, but that's not exactly true. I never made reading a priority BECAUSE I'm a fast and voracious reader by nature, so I never HAD to make it a priority. It came easily.

And then I read less and less in the last few years because I was researching publishing and reading writing-craft books (my planned book-a-week will only include fiction & narrative non-fiction... and poetry if the mood strikes me) and blogging and reading a billion children's books aloud (and there was that period of time when The Serious Girl got actively agitated when I tried to read a book without reading it TO her) and Twittering and...

Not reading.

So, this year I'm making it a priority. Let's see how much I can take in.

How about you? What are your plans for the new year?


  1. My resolutions this year are pretty basic. I'm unorganized and I dream too much. I plan on changing both of those habits.

  2. I resolved to publish some longer-format fiction this year. Let's see how that one works out, shall we?

    Good luck with your resolutions, good lady. Cheers!

  3. I never make formal resolutions for New Year, but I have ongoing resolutions I suppose that pop up now and then. I'd like to read a book a week, but I guess I need to read in order to do that. I'm bad about not reading enough.

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