Happy New Year: 2016 Resolutions

I’m actually pretty proud of how this year went. It might not have been a banner year for publishing or submitting (only one poem for an entire year, really?), it was a good year for personal growth and moving forward with my life. I was able to stick to my resolution of posting more, and I ended up losing forty pounds since the beginning of my weight loss journey. I didn’t beat my Goodreads goal this year- with more things going on in my life, I wasn’t even able to match the amount of poetry and religious books that I read last year. I am happy to note that I am under contract for a house, so I will end up getting my own place this next year (fingers crossed). A mixed bag of what resolutions I was able to keep, exceed and outright failed, but I think I came out with a net positive for the year.

So for this next year:

  1. Marry my best friend
  2. Submit at least one work per month for publishing
  3. Set aside a day each week for writing/editing poetry. No other writing work allowed.
  4. Keep doing good with blogging.
  5. Maintain my weight for the wedding.

How did you do with your resolutions in 2015? What are your new ones this year?

Happy New Year: 2015 Resolutions

2014 is out the door and 2015 is in. The holidays have been a bit of a mess for me here, being as I’ve been fairly sick since Christmas. But seeing as my cold is on it’s last legs, it’s time to think about resolutions for this year.

I did passably well on last years resolutions. I definitely didn’t keep to my ‘blogging twice a month’ schedule as planned, but I did up my blogging considerably. I did become more active on my social media sites, though I could have done even better. I didn’t attend a single open mic, which is probably my biggest resolution failure. I’m doing well with my Irish Gaelic lessons, so that was a success (will even be visiting my little brother in Galway, Ireland this year as he studies abroad!). I did well with self-care, becoming less stressed, losing fifteen pounds of my thirty pound weight loss goal, and I definitely reviewed more poetry collections and read a ton more (according to Goodreads, I read 52 poetry and religious books in the past year).

So for my 2015 resolutions:

1) Blog twice a month here on Amber in the Moment. Do better with scheduling myself (this should translate into blogging once a week what with my other blog, if I blog there twice a month also).

2) Get better at advertising myself through all mediums- public appearances, social media, involvement with the community as a whole….

3) Lose the rest of my weight! I’m halfway there!

4) Get back to a regular submission schedule, both with full collections and single pieces.

5) Beat my record of last year’s Goodreads reading challenge and read more than 60 poetry collections and religious works in this next year. If you happen to have any review copies of your own work that you’d like to donate to that cause, I’d be more than happy to read and review them.

6) Start saving to get my own place in the next three years.

What are your top resolutions? How did you do with last years?

2014 Resolutions!

2013 was a huge year for me, but I can’t just stop at what I accomplished last year. 2014 is going to be my year of renewed commitment to my craft- to getting better, writing more, and pushing forward. So, in honor of that, I’ve thought up some New Year’s Resolutions that I think will keep me on track.

1) Blog no less than twice a month here on the Amber of the Moment.

2) Be more active on my social media sites-Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, LinkedIn,- becoming more active in the author-reader community online.

3) Attend more open mics in my local community (goal:once a month ). I had been doing that for awhile, attending some really awesome open mics at the Tattered Cover and local coffee shops, but in the hecticness of graduating I kind of let that go by the wayside. I want to be more active in my physical, local community as I am trying to be more active online.

4) Learn Irish Gaelic, getting to at least a beginner’s level by the end of the year if not farther. More on how that’s at all relevant to my poetry in the next ‘Things I Do to Stay Sane’.

5) Find publishers for my two completed manuscripts, The Shattered Deity (religious poetry, waiting for some of the poems to be published before I can submit it) and The Stickiest of Honey (coming-of-age-through love poetry).

6) Take care of myself, mentally, spiritually, and physically. Can’t be the writer I want to be without being a good person, and can’t do that if I neglect my self-care.

7) Read and review more poetry collections. I have a couple that I need to purchase so I can read them, but if any of my readers have review copies that they’d like me to have a go at I would be more than happy to accept review copies for poetry collections for the time being. I’ll be posting reviews to both Amazon and my Goodreads account.

Here’s to a good year!

Spring 2013!

  It’s the beginning of a new semester, and a daunting one at that. With January comes my first semester as a senior; which means, above other things, applying for graduation and getting to work seriously on my Honors thesis due in December. It’s also the semester that my first fiction novel is due to be published, several journals that have acquired my work will be published, and a semester in which I try to find a publisher for Mti Wangu (currently being considered by three publishers, just playing the waiting game at the moment) and do some serious reconstructive work on Synonym Girl while compiling my second, larger religious collection, The Shattered Deity: Struggling to Find God in All Things. On top of that, I recently accepted a third job as the online editor for my university’s newspaper, The Highlander, and will resume going to daily mass in addition to Sacristan-ing Sundays. I also made a resolution this year to be more active in the poetic community- including, but not limited to offering workshops in the community (scheduling one with the Denver Housing Authority for their mid-rises for the elderly and disabled as we speak!) and posting on poetic forums with more regularity, while finding better ways for my school’s poetry group to integrate themselves in the world. 


Looking this over…. Who could ever say I’m not serious about this? Whoo boy, this is going to be fun.