• To write at least three hours a week. More is awesome. An hour a day is superlative. But three hours a week averages out to a half hour a day, six days a week, and even I can manage that. I think. Maybe.
  • To read at least one hundred books this year, not counting rereads but counting individually published short stories and possibly picture books I read with my kids.
  • To read (amongst the one hundred) at least twelve debut authors this year. Most of these will probably be YA, because that's mostly what I read.
  • To clean and purge my house in preparation for eventual moving. I know I say this all the time, but it really needs to be done. My life is a huge, cluttered mess and my house being the same makes everything seem worse.

Reading Challenges:
I found a nifty YA debut author reading challenge here and will be taking part in it - a fair number of these books, just the ones slated for January, sound all kinds of awesome. The twelve debuts will fit in nicely with my 2012 one hundred book challenge on GoodReads, as will any ARCs Penguin Teen happens to send my way. If anyone knows of a challenge similar to the YA debuts (there's also one for YA sophomore releases, I think on the same site) for adult fiction, that'd be awesome.

I intend to do more of both this year, starting with finishing the stockings and tree skirt I started for a friend of mine back in the beginning of December. Teachers' end of the year gifts will likely fall into this category, as may quite a few birthday presents. Ideally as I gain confidence in the basics I'll get better at costuming for both cons and SCA things, yay! I need more garb. And I want to wear costumes at the cons, really I do! I just never make things, or think to go shopping enough ahead of time.  Maybe that'll change this year, though probably not in time for ConFusion, alas!  Being a superhero or villain for the masquerade would have been cool.

And . . . that's about it, really.  I just haven't posted in a long time and felt like maybe I should.

courtcat: (pic#727984)
( Jan. 6th, 2012 02:27 pm)
 I always feel as if saying it's time to let go (of anything, regardless of what it is) in any public forum (as the internet is) is akin to storming off in a huff, or to taking my toys and going home.  There are so few people who know what I'm talking about, and all of them follow me in all of those forums (except maybe Tumblr, but all I really use that for is reblogging stuff I think is cool or funny or whatever) and may or may not take it as a passive aggressive stab at them when it's not really anything but trying to do what makes most sense and is most healthy for me.  It takes more than a bit of energy to hold onto a thing, after all, particularly when one is being told "Oh, there's this, but maybe next time" with a startling regularity followed by long stretches of not a word.  This is no one's fault, obviously - I mean, issues and troubles abound everywhere I look and the people (because there's more than one, naturally) on the other end are generally in very different time zones than I.

At least one thing never started and the other seems to have pretty much come to an end, right?  So no harm, no foul.  Given that I don't have the time required to start up on a site again?  I'd guess this navel gazing has as much to do with the hobby in general as anything else.  Maybe it's time to find something new.



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