Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Goals for 2014

As always, TTT is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic: top ten goals for 2014. I chose to do a combo of bookish and non-bookish goals.

1. Read forty books (My goal for 2013 was fifty and I fell short of that)

2. Get published in a top literary magazine

3. Win a writing contest

4. Learn to swim properly (this has been a goal for awhile and I just finally need to do this)

5. Take a vacation (!)

6. Finish editing my book and start trying to find an agent

7. Finish the first draft of my next book

8. Run another 10K

9. Find a few more easy, go-to recipes I can make for work night dinners

10. Find one new (or new-to-me) author that I love

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4 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Goals for 2014

  1. Don’t know if it falls into your area of interest . . . Jim Butcher Dresden Files (I think he’s up to 15 books so far, and I’m rereading them in preparation for his next book in May – up to #12 in a shade under two months).

    Also, John Scalzi’s Old Man War (and sequels).

    Good luck with your other goals.

      1. Dresden’s a good read . . . the first book is probably the weakest (probably because it’s establishing the character), but buy does he hit his stride in subsequent books . . . many a nights I plan on reading 15-20 minutes before going to bed, and end up reading an hour and a half.

        He also has a fantasy series I will be starting . . . although I can’t imagine it topping the Dresden files.

        Old Man War is a throwback to Heinlein-like science fiction, and much different than the Dresden files.

        Both writers have a style I appreciate; good dialogue, fast pace, and easy reading. Of course, they also have good characters and well-developed plots.

        The only complaint I have with both is that it’s very discouraging for a new writer to read these . . . and realize just how far one is in one’s craft from these works.

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