"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

1/1/11

Two Thousand Eleven - Turning the Page

Well, yesterday was "last year." Weird to think about, don't you think? It's just another day, I know - but January 1, in my view, is a good time to make a few changes and set some goals for the year.

First: the changes.

Introducing - my new blog button!




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Nice, eh? Was pretty sick of my old one (way too busy) - this one, I think, is a lot sharper. Don't be shy about grabbing one. The code is over on my sidebar.  :) -->


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Also introducing: My theme verse and graphic for 2011 (yeah - I know I introduced it in a post earlier this week, but in case you missed it)

Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever  situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. 1 Corinthians 7:17 NIV (emphasis mine)
So, now that you know my focus, it's time for goals.

If you read my post at the cafe this week, you know I set WAY too many goals last year (check them out here if you REALLY wanna see what they were). So this year I'm gonna make my list shorter, but MUCH more meaningful.

Sooo...here I go.

My goals for 2011 are
  • Get an agent for my nonfiction MS Ailing Body, Nourished Soul (the professional edit for it is 99.9% done--once it's complete, it's heading to the agent's assistant who requested it. If that isn't enough, I query others)
  • Complete AT LEAST THE SECOND DRAFT of my Biblical fiction, Handmaiden to a Princess
  • Keep my name "out there" - keep building my platform (facebook, twitter, blogging, reading blogs, guest blogging, writing for group blogs, etc.)
  • Keep my "life priorities" in order (spending time with the family, keeping the house clean(er), being more attentive, etc.)
  • Once a month (generally on the first Tuesday of each month), have a technology fast day. No computer. No email. No internet. No texting. (this scares me, but I am SO feeling called to do it, and I probably need MORE than that.)
(just FYI - I have more specific "mini-goals" for three and four - but I didn't wanna bore you)

So, there are my goals and proposed direction for 2011, pending the Lord's approval, of course. :)

Thanks for reading, and cheering/praying me along on this journey!

Have you set goals for 2011? What are they?

10 comments:

  1. Those are great goals! I can't wait to see your books in print - you've worked so hard on them!

    I also love your verse for the year - I'm still narrowing mine down, but the theme at least is trust and obey. Always the tough ones He gives me! :P

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  2. You are on a great journey already for 2011!!! I came by to say Blessed New Year to you and keep pressing forward in the faith. Love and hugs!

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  3. I didn't meet my goals last year, so one goal is to revamp them for this year. Basically be more serious about my writing.

    My verse this year is going to be my new blog theme - "If you say to the mountain, 'Be moved and cast into the sea,' it will be done." Matthew 21:21.

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  4. Praying you make all your goals, Jo. You've worked hard and have the proper pieces in place. Way to do your part:)

    Happy New Year!

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  5. You have some wonderful goals Joanne! Goals, who me? I'm not a beginning of the year "resolution/goal" type of gal. I just want MORE of God in my life and I want to grow up in areas of immaturity. Sigh. :o)

    God bless you in 2011. I pray you meet your goals.

    Happy New Year!
    Beth

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  6. goals and themes....yours are great ones. Me...haven't thought of it except in some way...I want to shine hope...and His love. Happy new year.

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  7. Love you anchor verse... so in step with mine! I haven't made too many goals for the year other than to get well and to move on! I suppose those are big enough deals all their own, so I'll work on them, slowly and deliberately. I don't want to miss a single moment of beauty in the coming days.

    peace~elaine

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  8. Great verse and goals for the year! I look forward to celebrating some of those accomplishments with you! Have a great 2011!

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  9. Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

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  10. Very inspiring! How's it going for you?

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