My Plans for 2018

Happy 2018! I hope no one’s too hung over this morning. I spent last night partying in Pittsburgh with my kids and wonderful husband. So no hangover here, but I am sleepy.

I want to talk about some things that happened in 2017 (and how we can all take steps to be better allies), but I’m not going to do that today. Because it’s the first day of the new year, and today I want to focus on just one thing

How are we going to become better people in 2018, and how we’re going to improve the world just a little bit.

To that end, I want to share with you my word of the year, and what my overall goals for the next twelve months are. I do this every year for two reasons. One, publicly announcing my goals keeps me accountable and two, I hope to inspire you to reach as far as you can towards the person you want to be in 2018. I’d love it if all of you reading this would tell us in the comments section, or jump over to our Facebook page and sound off there, what your word for the year and goals for the year are.

My word for 2018 is learn.

I want to learn to be a better ally. I want to learn new and better ways to keep my home in order so I can write more. I want to learn a new language, or at least start learning a new language. I’m aware that’s a several-year-long commitment. I want to learn new and better ways to reach new readers. I want to learn about the new technological advancements mankind is creating. I want to understand better what’s going on in the world, and how I can help.

Mostly, though, I want to learn my craft better. I’m going to be seeking out some writing classes to strengthen my skills and get feedback from my peers.

Of course, I also have a long list of concrete goals and plans for the year. Here’s a list of what I’m going to strive to accomplish. It’s a mix of personal and professional, but so is my life. That’s how it should be.

  • Finally, save up my $1,000 emergency fund.

  • Get my drivers license. (No I don’t have it yet. Neither does Tina Fey, and she seems to be doing just fine, thanks.)

  • Buy a car.

  • Upgrade some of my tech, like my tablet and maybe my laptop.

  • Publish a total of six books this year, unless something out of my control happens.

  • Get my books into the two local bookstores that don’t currently carry them.

  • Go to Kennywood with my family three times.

  • Camp more. We got this great tent last year and only got to use it once.

  • Get some merchandise for Station 86. I have some ideas for t-shirts.

  • Have my short stories featured in at least four publications or anthologies. This would double the anthologies I was included in 2017. (Oh, did you not know I did that? Here’s a link to Project 9, and to my stand-alone short, Man In The Woods.)

  • Go through some serious house upgrades. I don’t love where I live, but I’m probably stuck here for a while. So I need to make the best of it.

  • Finally, I’m going to schedule a book signing tour of Pittsburgh. That one’s the most daunting, but the thing that I want most to do.

So now it’s your turn. What’s your word for 2018, and what do you plan to accomplish?

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