new year’s resolutions: 2011 style

Almost every year I make a resolution or two for the new year, and almost every year I break those resolutions within the first few weeks of January. This year, I’m doing things a little differently.

For 2011, I’ve got a long list of things I want to accomplish–not ridiculous things, not “go to the moon” or “be nicer.” Things that are doable. I’m keeping most of the list private, but these are some of the biggest parts of the list:

1. Read at least 50 books in 2011. I didn’t even get to 40 last year. Reading ~4 books per month is doable, darn it. In theory a significant number of these will come from my to-read list.

2. Read all of the unread books I own, which should definitely vault me over 50. I own too many books that I bought on a whim or bought because they were classics that I feel like I should read, and haven’t gotten around to them. Time to own up. I’m looking at you, Love in the Time of Cholera.

3. Write every day. It doesn’t matter if it’s fiction or poetry, or if it’s for the technical stuff for which I actually get paid. Just do it. (I’m proud to report that so far, this is going swimmingly.)

4. Get glasses. This squinting-at-the-keyboard thing is getting old. Finally completing that transition to freelancer-Tiny-Fey/Liz-Lemon is Part D of my plan to take over the world, anyway.

5. Get an agent. Yeah, so this one’s not necessarily in my control. Do it anyway, or at least try as hard as humanly possible.