Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Goals/Resolutions For 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is sponsored by The Broke and The Bookish.  The goals can be bookish, blogging, or anything else.  So here goes!
  1.   I want to continue to do at least 2 book reviews on my blog every week.  Along with that, I want to try to have a post every day of the year.  To do that, I am going to try to do as many scheduled posts as I can.  Possibly to try to have at least 10 ready to go at all time, and when one is used, then I will make another one.  
  2.   My Goodreads goal was 125 this year, as of the time that I am posting this, I've read 136 books, and the year is not over.  For 2015, I want to bump it up to 130.  I know that is below how many I ended up reading this year, but I hate to set a too high goal.  What do you think?
  3. I'm participating in the Winter 2014-2015 COYER Challenge to help clean out all those e-books that I download when they're free.  I will probably try to participate in this if it is offered for other times during the year.
  4. I haven't signed up yet, but I think I will sign up for another TBR Pile Challenge, I have a lot of books I really need to get to.
  5. I'm up in the air about my September Sequels Challenge.  I think I need to do it, but it really messed up my schedule of reading this past year.  Partly because it interrupted my getting through the ARCs I'd picked up at BEA.  So, that is in the air, but I will probably do it again, as I am not going to BEA this year, so won't have that same issue.
  6. I am working with an artist friend of mine to re-do the banner and button for my blog.  I want to add the dogs I have now, and make a few other changes.  Only issue will be with how to add it, and if I'll have to have the person who did my current design add them or if I can figure it out.  What I like is that for the price my friend quoted me, I will have the image of the banner that I can then use for a Facebook page, or for business cards, etc.  My current banner I do not have the image for, so when I tried to use it for my Facebook page, I was unable to use it.  That's the reason I don't really have a Facebook page for my blog.
  7. I want to work more on my Instagram presence.
  8. I need to start my walking 20 miles a week again, and working on what I'm eating.  I'd really like to lose some weight.  Even if I don't lose any weight, I have a goal that by summer I will be able to be okay enough with myself that I can wear a swimsuit in public.  I am tired of not doing any swimming because I hate the site of myself in a swimsuit.  So that is working on my brain more than just my body itself.
  9. I want to start saving money so that I can attend the Annual ALA Convention in the summer of 2016 because it is in Orlando.  I want to go down a week early, or stay a week after the convention so that I can go to the Harry Potter park and all the other Disneyworld and Universal Studio attractions.  
  10. Revise the novel I wrote for NaNoWriMo this past year enough to where I feel okay letting someone else read it to tell me if it is even worth working on anymore.
So those are my goals.  I would love to put something about getting more ARCs requested from publishers, but I don't know how to go about that, and feel weird asking for them.  I feel greedy to email and ask. What are your goals for the year?  Bookish or otherwise?

26 comments:

  1. I would love to go to the Harry Potter park. I hope you are able to make it to the convention!! 130 books is a HUGE accomplishment. Good Luck with all of your challenges for the new year!!

    Here is my TTT: http://jacquesbooknook.blogspot.com/2014/12/top-ten-tuesday-bookish-goals-for-2015.html

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    1. It is something that I have been so interested in as they added more to it last year. It's a year away, but I know it will be expensive so I've got to start saving now! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I think it's good that you aren't setting the goal of how many books you read too high. I set mine way to high this year and started looking for short books I could read quickly rather than books I actually wanted to read. And what a great goal of revising your book that you wrote to get ready for someone to read. That is the scariest part for me!

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    1. Yeah, we'll see how it goes! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. You have got some amazing goals on your list for 2015. I hope that you can achieve them. My TTT

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    1. Thanks! I hope I can meet them as well.

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  4. Great goals! I want to work on my NaNoWriMo novel more this year as well.

    Joy's Book Blog

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    1. And I've got to come up with an idea for the 2015 NaNoWriMo as well.

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  5. Great list of goals. Good luck with them!

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  6. That's a great list of goals! As for requesting ARCs from publishers...I feel the same way you do...weird and awkward about asking for them. And...I sent my first email to a publisher asking for an ARC last night! The book is Dead Wake by Erik Larson. Up until last night, I'd only been getting ARCs through blog tours, Netgalley, or Edelweiss. I haven't gotten a response...fingers crossed that I didn't embarrass myself! Thanks for visiting my blog today.

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    1. I should set a specific goal to try to request more this year. Good luck on getting the one you just requested!

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  7. Good good goals! I decided not to be clear on mine because I'm terrible about keeping them! But my main goal is to start editing (aka typing first) my stories I handwrote this year. And I have A LOT. I just don't like being on the computer at home when I'm on it at work all day! But I'm determined to make it work.

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    1. I am a typer on my stories, I do handwrite if I don't have my laptop, but otherwise it is all on the computer. Good luck with getting yours typed up!

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  8. Two book reviews a week sounds fair! I do my reviews twice a week now, and with how quickly I read, I find myself scheduling reviews for February (which is a fantastic feeling)!

    I love all your goals Lisa, they seem really realistic! My goal is to try to eat healthier too. It's just so easier to grab a bit to eat (and more expensive) than to turn on the stove after a long work day. Blah.

    Good luck with your novel!!

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    1. I wish I had time to do that! But, maybe if I do read enough to do more than two a week I will go ahead and schedule them for the next week so that I can get ahead too. Great idea! Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Good luck with your resolutions! I think 125-130 books is an impressive and respectable goal. I've been trying to post more bookish pictures on Instagram. Posting more is definitely on my list of resolutions. Happy reading in the New Year!

    Michelle @ Michelle's Minions

    My TTT

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    1. Thanks! I hope that I can live up to them. In the next couple days I'll be posting about how I did with my goals from last year!

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  10. Number 10 is something I need to do as well. But not only do I need to revise it I need to actually finish it. Apparently, and I didn't know this when I started writing it, my novel I picked for NaNoWriMo is really long. When I met the 50,000 word mark I don't think I was halfway through it even. But I really want to keep on working on it throughout the year.

    Good luck on all of your goals :D

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    1. My story ended up being right at 50,000, but that is kind of the basic story to me I think, it needs more explanation and stuff. Good luck to you with your story as well!

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  11. Great list! I'm trying to have a nice stack of prepared posts up as well next year to keep from feeling quite so frantic. It's so hard to do but hopefully this will be the year we all get caught up! I love the walking 20 miles a week idea. I definitely need to get exercise back into my regular schedule and I enjoy walking. Good luck with your goals and happy New Year!

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    1. I planned to get so many done during my winter break from school, but I've not done that yet! Only 1 planned ahead so far, and that was kind of a fluke! I've got to stop letting things give me the excuse to walk, and just go do it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. Wow, looks like you are going to be very busy in 2015 with one post per day! Make sure it doesn't get too much for you! I'm keeping my Goodreads at 100 for 2015 as I just missed out on it in 2014! Stupid reading slump ruined everything! 20 miles a week it s great idea, I am hoping to run a 10k this year but may also aim for a certain amount of miles per week too. My blog is in serious need of a makeover, got to get working on mine too!
    Great goals, good luck with them and Happy New Year!

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    1. Not sure if it will work, but I'm hoping to get started on it tomorrow! I won't let it get too much. If I don't post one day, I will just say oh well and move on. I don't know if I can ever run again, but wish I could. Good luck to you as well!

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  13. I love the NaNo goal. I need to FINISH my novel from NaNo, even if it is just for me.

    Good luck with all of your goals! The book challenges are very fun to do!

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    1. Yeah, my novel may end up just being for me, not sure it is that good. But I'm going to still try!

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