New years stuff

I thought I had already written this post. I'm not really doing resolutions, because they're doomed to fail, but it's close to impossible to not get caught up in the spirit of rebirth and reform that everyone starts talking about for a week and a half this time of year.  I don't think it's a good idea to make resolutions, but I think it might not be a bad idea to revisit my current goals and see what needs to change.

Writing fiction

I'm extremely behind on Critters, the online critique group I joined this past semester.  I'm also extremely behind on writing short stories in general.  After finishing a 50,000 word first draft in November for NaNoWriMo, I didn't write anything for the whole of December.  A couple days ago I knocked out two drafts of a 1,500 word short story, so that's a start.  But I should be working on application stories for Clarion, and right now I don't have anything.

I'm also behind on keeping my stories out for submission.  I mean, there's one I want to throw into the bottomless pit of doom, but the other two I think are worth looking at, and they haven't been in front of enough editors, as far as I'm concerned.  So, I'll do that today.[1. I took a break from working on this blog post to go and do that, so the two stories I currently feel comfortable having out for submission are with editors.]

Personal pursuits

I haven't been updating here as often, and I think I'm pretty okay with that.  For right now, I'm not going to put up any new rules, I'm just going to try and write on weekdays and aim for about 500 words.

I'm really enjoying cross-stitch!  I am experimenting on a big piece of light brown cloth with various map elements and terrain types.  It's a pretty big piece, and I think I'm going to try and fill it up with thumbnails then get a new one and start working on a real map.  I'll post photos later -- right now I don't have any handy.

I am open to suggestions for what I should map; right now, I'm thinking the map of Tortall, the LoTR map of Middle Earth, or part or all of the map from my NaNoWriMo novel.


I start an internship in a couple of weeks.



I need to shower more.  I haven't been doing that enough.  Apart from that, I'm not really committing to anything health-related right now, because I'm pretty confident that I wouldn't be able to keep up with it, and I don't need another thing to fail at just now.

Social life

I've actually been seeing my friends lately!  It's crazy -- we call each other up and go places and spend time in the same room and everything!  I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I have Dominion -- not that I think my friends are using me for my game, they all have more money than me and could go buy it themselves if that were the case.  But I think it's easier to plan to hang out when there's a clear, structured activity to do.