Wednesday, September 03, 2008

New School Year Resolutions

The new year really starts in September, doesn't it? That's when we reluctantly bundle ourselves back up and head back to school to begin again the endless cycle of classes and papers and reading and research. Resolutions seem much more appropriate for September than January--if you're a student (like me) or a teacher (like Kate D.) that's when you model your new clothes and new behaviors and get your brain ready for new experiences.

So, in honor of my first week of my PhD program at my new school, here are some resolutions:

1. I will limit internet surfing to no more than 1 hour per day.
2. I will read (academically) EVERY day, including weekends (even if only one article or part of a book).
3. I will write EVERY day, including weekends (even if only one paragraph)
4. I will join RWA's NYC chapter and begin attending meetings (starting this Saturday)
5. I will finish the first draft of O Mistress Mine by May.
6. I will create and implement a plan to actively pursue representation for my first novel.

This is an ambitious plan, but I'm hopeful that I'll succeed at something if I push myself to do more than I actually think I can. It all hinges on the internet usage--the synecdoche for my time-management failures.

I've woken up every morning for the last several months with scenes from O Mistress Mine running through my head, which gives me hope that the book isn't dead in the water. If I can just get my fingers against the keys, I trust it will turn out alright.

To monitor my progress, I'll post status updates at the end of each month.

Kate D.--care to state your New School Year Resolutions?


Theresa said...

That's excellent and ambitious. My New School resolution will be to call my best friends more :) We were inundated with houseguests in Aug. Let's chat soon!

Kate Diamond said...

I will make some resolutions once I get home from work and take a nap (yes, second day and I'm already exhausted. This does not bode well...)

Kate Diamond said...


1. I will stay at least two days ahead of my students in terms of planning and reading.

2. I will write EVERY day, including weekends (even if only one paragraph)

3. I will attend at least 6 RWA meetings during 2009.

4. I will take an online writing class with Patricia Kay.

5. I will begin sending work to my critique partner every two weeks!

6. I will create and implement a plan to achieve PRO status before the 2009 Emerald City Writers' Conference.