2018 was a whirlwind for me. Looking back on how it went, and on the New Years resolutions that I made, there wasn’t a thing about that year that I would change–
Except one! From this day forward, when I do up my resolutions for the coming years, I’ll no longer resolve to accomplish something that is out of my hands…which is EXACTLY what I did in 2018.
I came across a wonderful post on Twitter that I wished I had seen sooner. The post said to ONLY make a New Years resolution if accomplishing it is 100% in your power. When I wrote up my resolutions for 2018, the first one I came up with was to sell SABLE (still a placeholder title btw, I’m not sharing the current title yet). But selling your novel is not in your hands, my friends! It isn’t something you can accomplish by how fast you write or by how hard you work, because selling a book mostly depends on other people and how fast they read/if they love your manuscript enough to make an offer.
With that being said, I’d like to review my New Years resolutions for 2018:
- Sell SABLE
- Finish SYMPHONY OF STORMS
- Manage my time better
- Meet my yearly reading goal
- Attend at least one author signing/event
- Exercise at least three times a week
- Update journal 1-2 times a week to track writing progress and my publishing journey
- Continue with my online blog as news becomes available
- During busy times, make sure to take one rest day per week (from ALL kinds of work, including writing)
- More structure when it comes to my waking/sleeping schedule
Now, let’s see which of those I accomplished!
- SABLE has not sold, mostly because it took until October/November of that year before my agent and I had the book out on submission (which was a bit longer than we both anticipated because life gets in the way at times), and it is still out on submission, my friends! Publishing is a looooonggggg journey that requires endless patience, so if patience is your forte and publishing a book is a dream of yours, then congratulations because you’ll need A LOT of patience in this industry ;).
- Alas, I did not finish SYMPHONY OF STORMS. By the time I completed revisions for SABLE, the year was winding down, and the fall was such a busy time for me that I didn’t get much done in SYMPHONY, aside from working through a new draft! Oh– I just realized I don’t think I’ve mentioned SYMPHONY to you guys before. SYMPHONY OF STORMS is an all-new, completely-separate-from-SABLE Young Adult fantasy series that I started in January 2016. I am IN LOVE with this story, you guys, but it has kicked the crap out of me ever since I came up with the idea because, for some reason, this book is SO HARD to write. I’ve over-complicated the plot on more than one occasion and I’ve had to spend months simplifying and cutting unnecessary subplots, BUT…I think I’ve finally (maybe) figured it out… *fingers crossed*.
- Managing my time better is something I HAVE succeeded with.
- I was so, SO CLOSE to meeting my reading goal! There are so many books I’d love to read, but I don’t get to read nearly as much as I’d like, due to needing time to write my own novels.
- YES, I did attend an author event! It was only one, but still better than none!
- I have been exercising a lot more, sometimes three times a week but not always! I still consider this a success though :).
- I definitely did not update my journal 1-2 times a week….. Oops! Maybe this year ;).
- Same with online blogging… Sorry guys, I need to get on here a bit more, instead of letting MONTHS pass between posts.
- I learned to rest when I needed it, instead of feeling like I always need to be busy-busy-busy to feel like I’m succeeding. Taking time to relax is good for your health, and I can’t recommend it enough!
- There were a couple years where I wasn’t getting enough sleep simply because I was trying to do too much in a day, when there simply isn’t the time. I’ve learned how to step away from writing/work when I feel I need to, and I’ve found a sleeping and waking schedule that works for me and helps me to feel more rejuvenated.
Sooooo, there you have it! A lot of my resolutions for 2019 are similar, including finally finishing SYMPHONY OF STORMS. This book is so close to my heart, and it’s sat on the back burner long enough! For those of you who are wondering, I’m currently working on the synopsis and first three chapters, which I hope to turn into my agent within the next week or so.
Also, my Goodreads goal for this year is going extremely well so far, and I should hopefully have some new reviews up soon for you guys. If you’re curious about what I’m reading (or have read in the past), check out my page at https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/39539361-kayla-jones