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The Critique Crypt => General writing chat => Topic started by: Ed on December 28, 2008, 02:55:13 PM

Title: The ubiquitous resolution thread
Post by: Ed on December 28, 2008, 02:55:13 PM
I don't usually bother with New Year's Resolutions, because I figure if I'm not already doing whatever it is then I can't be bothered with it long term, and no amount of resolving will change my mind about it.

The thing is, though - it's definitely, without a shadow of a doubt, good to have a plan. So in the spirit of having a plan, what are your ambitions for 2009? :shuh
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Post by: Woody on December 28, 2008, 05:58:01 PM
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Title: Re: The ubiquitous resolution thread
Post by: Geoff_N on December 28, 2008, 06:36:07 PM
Finish writing my magic realism, Xaghra's Revenge, polish it and see if agent will hawk it around mainstream publishers.
Work harder at improving and promoting Escape Velocity magazine.
Buy books to help the ailing book industry.
Give my family more time.

Geoff
Title: Re: The ubiquitous resolution thread
Post by: rsmccoy on December 28, 2008, 09:18:56 PM
Get 300 subscriptions for NT Print
Get my 2nd novel published and finish my 3rd
Get my 1st short story Pro sale
Continue working out
Have more fun
Title: Re: The ubiquitous resolution thread
Post by: Grillmeat on December 28, 2008, 10:03:35 PM
Well this is an interesting thread.......
For next year I hope to make some progress in my training with my GSD.
Since I met my goal of "putting my work out there" in 2008, I think I will be trying to cut back on the number of submissions this year and move towards paying markets.
I wouldn't mind loosing about ten pounds too........... :santa_embarassed:
Title: Re: The ubiquitous resolution thread
Post by: delph_ambi on December 29, 2008, 05:39:19 AM
Get my 2nd novel published and finish my 3rd (is there an echo in here?)
Go full steam ahead on illustrating commissions, as it's definitely easier to get pro-rate for them than for writing.
Keep plugging away at the writing, nonetheless.
Title: Re: The ubiquitous resolution thread
Post by: delboy on December 29, 2008, 05:49:48 AM
Learn to cook a decent Apple Pie.

Del
Title: Re: The ubiquitous resolution thread
Post by: Ed on December 29, 2008, 06:10:51 AM
Learn to cook a decent Apple Pie.

Del

American Pie? :shuh
Title: Re: The ubiquitous resolution thread
Post by: Mooncalled on December 29, 2008, 10:08:35 AM
I want to finish my romance novel.  Yes, I also write romance, how horrifying!  Finish my Urban Fantasy novel and finish 3-5 more short stories for my horror anthology.  Loose the remaining baby weight and hopefully be pregnant again by the end of the year.  I also need to teach hubby to clean the house so I'll have time to do all of this  :santa_azn:
Title: Re: The ubiquitous resolution thread
Post by: Caz on December 29, 2008, 01:59:37 PM
  For the new year I need to learn how to give a more solid structure and more stability to my short stories, if I do that then maybe not so many of them will crash and burn, which has been the case for all but one of the stories I sent out this year. This one is currently in a holding pattern at footprints anthology.
  Who knows maybe the fire trucks won't have to roll on this one when it comes back home, but then again it might just be another one of those  :nk:  I might even finish the book I started a year or so ago but first I will have to stop looking a the rejection pile. God, the carnage in there is horrible.   
Title: Re: The ubiquitous resolution thread
Post by: Caz on December 29, 2008, 02:52:34 PM
My plan is to carry over the resolutions from last time, i.e. get fitter, get thiner and stop boozing so much, and add get published, whether it's novels, shorts or poetry and also, make a success of the 3rd annual Southend Book Fair, that I've been handed the reigns to run for 2009. Never done anything like this before, but it's certainly going to be interesting and hopefully I can make it more than it has been in the last two years. However the biggest thing is how to get people interested in taking part and turning up to have a look around. And finally, not get made redundant - which is something that is possibly looming for me in August 2009. What a year 2009 is going to be  :santa_grin:

Hey, Woody, you forgot to add, "Win a game of pool." :santa_grin: :santa_grin: :santa_grin: :dance:
Title: Re: The ubiquitous resolution thread
Post by: starktheground on December 29, 2008, 05:05:14 PM
My resolution for '08 was to quit smoking, so I think I've suffered enough for the next decade or so!
Title: Re: The ubiquitous resolution thread
Post by: Ed on December 29, 2008, 05:54:06 PM
My resolution for '08 was to quit smoking, so I think I've suffered enough for the next decade or so!

Know that feeling well. Did you manage to kick the habit?
Title: Re: The ubiquitous resolution thread
Post by: Grillmeat on December 29, 2008, 09:33:43 PM
Grats to you stark if you managed that-or even if you didn't. Its a tough habit to break. Took my wife about a half dozen trys over a ten year period before she kicked it. She's never been happier or healthier.
Title: Re: The ubiquitous resolution thread
Post by: elay2433 on December 29, 2008, 11:51:31 PM
Ah, smoking. I quit... twice. I'm sure I'll quit again after the next time I start back up. Been two-plus years for me this time around.

No resolutions on this front, except perhaps to try and write a few pages every day. When I have a story idea I can really get behind, well then I don't want to stop, but if it's something that's dragging, or I'm a little unsure as to where things are headed, I tend to drop it. So my resolution would be to write every day, and finish my stories.

A very modest goal of mine, (at least I think it's modest) is to publish in one of the small press/pro paying markets.

Best of luck to all with their resolutions/goals.
Title: Re: The ubiquitous resolution thread
Post by: desertwomble on December 29, 2008, 11:57:12 PM
I managed to give up smoking in 2001 when I contracted malaria in Sudan.

I was so sick I couldn't face a ciggie for a week, by which time the craving had subsided. During my year in Sudan, due to a lack of junk food, snack food and alcohol in country, I also lost about two stone.

That said, I wouldn't recommend malaria as a cure for smoking!

As for 2009 - I'm working on a 'new' batch of Canterbury Tales to make Chaucer turn in his grave.

Also plan to submit a lot more - short stories that is!

DW :santa_cheesy:
Title: Re: The ubiquitous resolution thread
Post by: Mooncalled on December 30, 2008, 09:00:39 AM
Congrats to all of those who quit smoking  :sthumb: I did about five years ago.  It was one of the hardest things I've ever done.  I will admit to having one (or 10) when I've done some heavy drinking, always regretted it in the morning, that will have to stop too now.  And for all of those that have quit more than once, keep quitting one day it'll stick. 
Title: Re: The ubiquitous resolution thread
Post by: Ed on December 30, 2008, 02:09:20 PM
Did you know that doctors used to purposely infect people with malaria to cure their syphilis? Apparently the heat of the high fever is more than the syphilis can cope with, so it dies. In the days before antibiotics that must have been a pretty tough decision to make - do you want to go crazy with the pox and then die, or contract an incurable disease that could kill you in the hope of a cure. :scratch: Rock and a hard place.

Re the smoking - I'm coming up to my third anniversary of quitting, and I'm really glad to be free of the damn things. To those of you who haven't read it, I'd recommend getting hold of a copy of the Allen Carr book, Easy Way to Stop Smoking. After I had read it and understood the process of addiction my mind put itself through, I could say with certainty that I could stop and would never smoke again. It's been difficult at times, but I've never once been close to starting again, and I used to smoke two packs a day.

Allen Carr likens smoking to wearing shoes that are too tight for you, only for the pleasure you get from taking them off, and that just about sums it up, really. If you think smoking a cigarette will take your stress away in testing times - it won't - not unless you're already a smoker, in which case you're only feeding a symptom of your addiction, which is a feeling of stress. If you're not already a smoker it'll just make you feel ill, it'll taste and smell bad, and it will continue to until such time as you're addicted again. If you think you're missing out on something, read the book, and then you'll realise you're not :afro:
Title: Re: The ubiquitous resolution thread
Post by: delboy on December 30, 2008, 03:14:58 PM
And to prove Ed's point here's a picture of Alan Carr with no sign of a cigarette:

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d3/Alan_Carr_at_The_British_Comedy_Awards_2007.jpg)
Title: Re: The ubiquitous resolution thread
Post by: Ed on December 30, 2008, 04:15:34 PM
I think you might have mistaken the 'smoking' Allen Carr for the the 'flaming' homosexual Alan Carr there, Del :fugly:
Title: Re: The ubiquitous resolution thread
Post by: canadian on December 30, 2008, 09:59:20 PM
Isn't Allen Carr dead?

Seriously, though, I'd recommend his stop smoking plan to anyone. Helped me quit once.
http://allencarr.com/central/

As for '09 resolutions, I gave those up decades ago. I'll just keep puttering along and see what happens.
Title: Re: The ubiquitous resolution thread
Post by: Ed on December 31, 2008, 05:40:17 AM
Yes... I wonder if they cremated him :scratch:

When you say 'once', Donna, you don't mean you've started again? :huh:
Title: Re: The ubiquitous resolution thread
Post by: canadian on December 31, 2008, 07:17:37 AM
When you say 'once', Donna, you don't mean you've started again? :huh:

Short answer ... yeah. I'm weak.
Title: Re: The ubiquitous resolution thread
Post by: Ed on December 31, 2008, 08:36:29 AM
Nevermind. It obviously wasn't the right time for you, I suppose. I get the impression you've got to reach a point where you badly want to kick the habit to give yourself the best chance of quitting. After I had been through the first few weeks of stopping I decided that I wouldn't put myself through it again, whatever happened. That's the worst part, for sure.
Title: Re: The ubiquitous resolution thread
Post by: canadian on December 31, 2008, 05:46:48 PM
I quit once for nine years. :)
Title: Re: The ubiquitous resolution thread
Post by: starktheground on December 31, 2008, 08:48:42 PM
My resolution for '08 was to quit smoking, so I think I've suffered enough for the next decade or so!

Know that feeling well. Did you manage to kick the habit?

Yep. I think I actually did it this time! It's been, what, over eight months since I was smoking.  :smiley: Of course, I still get those random cravings, but I'd say the pregnancy has helped keep cigarettes off my mind!