2017 Resolutions (A Day Late)

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  • To be better at deadlines for work and school and to get comfortable communicating when a deadline isn’t going to work before it hits.
  • To go after the things I want (jobs, writing opportunities, friendships) without talking myself out of it.
  • To finish at least one short story a month and either post them or submit them to websites/magazines/anthology calls.
  • To be more confident in my writing as I go about improving. I don’t have to change my style to fit anyone but myself. Getting better at writing is different from changing how I write so I need to focus that.
  • To read more and to review more. I have this thing about making my reviews perfect but that means I don’t get as many out as I want or should. So 2017 will be the year I review more of the things I read right after I’m finished reading them
  • To remember to disengage from situations or behaviors that aren’t helpful or healthy. I love critiquing fandom and media as much as the next nub, but I need to remember to step back. Hurting people (myself included) is never going to be something I want to do here so I need to keep that in mind.
  • To lose a little weight. I feel fine and healthy, but it’s still something I want to do.
  • To be better with Patreon or shut that shit down. This goes hand in hand with me sticking with deadlines, obviously.
  • To bake macarons!
  • To learn how to drive!
  • To get an actual adult job and an apartment of my own.
  • To be a better, more engaged friend. It’s hard for me because I prefer to be alone most of the time, but that’s not fair to my friends.
  • To spend less time on things I hate and people I don’t like.
  • To read 60 books! And review them (at the very least, on goodreads).

Aaaah?

Hopefully this goes well!

2015 In Review

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So much happened in 2015. Here’s a quick rundown of the good, the bad, and the ugly. Also included: some of what I’m thankful for in 2015, what I’m looking forward to in 2016, and a list of New Year’s Resolutions!


The Good

  • I was published for the first time! I sold a piece of flash fiction (“Accidental Queen of the Spiders“) to Fireside Fiction and it was published in their August 3rd I may never stop talking about this because this is such a huge deal.
  • I spent from April to September of this year writing about James Bond for The Mary Sue. I got a lot of exposure from it and made many new friends as a result.
  • I’m actually currently doing reviews for Word of the Nerd!
  • I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens and cried forever.
  • I (eventually) got accepted into the Master’s Program for Literature at my alma mater in Miami.
  • I got a car at the beginning of the year. It’s a milestone.
  • I’ve been making inroads in writing and I’ve learned so much from fellow writers throughout the year.
  • I’ve found a community of really cool people thanks to twitter and publishing. Sure, publishing has a lot in common with media fandom in that there are some really powerful and terrible people out there, but I’ve actually met a ton of really amazing and wonderful diverse people, some of whom have taken me under their wings a bit.
  • As of 11:23pm on December 30, 2015, I have written at least 198,175 words in at least 75 different finished files. This number only includes most of what I’ve written between September and December of this year because I wasn’t keeping track of what I was writing until September.

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