Why do I keep making resolutions? I never complete them all. For me, they provide structure. While I know I may not accomplish everything I’ve set out to do, I realize that doing something is better than doing nothing. I kept that in mind when I wrote this year’s resolutions.
Last Year’s Resolutions
Here’s what I had resolved to do in 2022:
- Read 60+ books – I’ve read this much in past years, but usually that was because I read mostly novellas. This year was full of big books like It, combined with several weeks of being under the weather. In all, I read 39.
- Submit 3 stories to publications/anthologies – Instead, I submitted only 2, but since one of them was accepted, I consider that a win.
- Submit Generica – After my editor showed me all the rewrites needed, I admit that I abandoned this novella. It’s still on the back burner for when I have the stamina.
- Write 200+ words a day – I kind of cheated at this by including my journal entries in that number. Still on good weeks, I put in 6,000+ words.
Resolutions for 2023
This year I want to be realistic while pushing myself at the same time. Here’s what I resolve to do in this upcoming year:
- Read 48+ books – While not as ambitious as last year (a book a week), I really want to put more time into reading, including longer works. Of these 48 books, I want to read at least 10 by Stephen King.
- The Year of Short Stories – I want to dedicate 2023 to honing the art of the short story. It’s an author’s best training ground, and I’d like to submit at least 5 stories before I return to long fiction.
- Get back on social media – This past year has been blissfully quiet with no social media. Still, I miss the interaction. With Twitter in its current state, I’m looking elsewhere, including Goodreads, the Keenedom forums, various Discord servers, and possibly Instagram or Facebook.
- Stop yo-yoing – Ever since I lost 108 pounds in my early 20s, I’ve been yo-yoing the same 15 pounds. My goal is to get down to my fighting weight and stay there.
Top 10 Books of 2023
Finally, I wanted to share my favorite books of the year. As you’ll see below, this was the year of Brian Keene. I rediscovered his work, and I hope to read more this coming year. I should point out that not only is Perdido Street Station number 1 on this list, but it’s one of my favorite books of all time.
- Perdido Street Station by China Miéville
- Duma Key by Stephen King
- The Rising by Brian Keene
- City of the Dead by Brian Keene
- Writing in the Dark by Tim Waggoner
- It by Stephen King
- Bacon Fried Bastard by David W. Barbee
- The Cannibal’s Guide to Ethical Living by Mykle Hansen
- Earthworm Gods by Brian Keene
- Addicted to the Dead by Shane McKenzie
See you in the new year!