Jan. 1st, 2010

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26. Under the Dome by Stephen King -- I didn't think I'd finish this one before New Year's Day since it was over a thousand pages, but I did. I had a hard time putting this book down because I wanted to find out what was going to happen next. Oh...and breaking into the police station wearing a Dick Cheney mask? Priceless!
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So...here are the New Year's Resolutions I made last year. Let's see how well I did with them...

1) Exercise more (and maybe lose a few pounds) -- Bwahahahahaha! Yeah right.

2) Stay healthy in general -- I did okay with this one, thankfully. I got a lot of colds, but I had no major health dramas in 2009.

3) Learn to crochet (already started!) and continue knitting -- I did indeed learn to crochet. Last week, I finished crocheting a baby blanket for my best friend, who will be having a baby boy this March. While working on this project, I discovered that crochet projects go much faster than knit ones. I'm also crocheting an afghan for myself. This one is going to take me a long time because the yarn is so fine.

And of course, I've been doing a lot of knitting. For instance, I finished my Doctor Who scarf in March.

4) Write more -- Done. I did NaNoWriMo this year. I also wrote a couple of short stories.

5) Try to figure out some of my great-grandmother's recipes -- I made one of the dishes from my great-grandmother's recipe book, but I haven't tried any of the other ones. I meant to make one of her bread pudding recipes, but I decided to use a recipe that I found online because it had choooooocolate.

Judging from my progress last year, I'd say that I get much more accomplished when I post my goals for the year on LJ. So...that means that I'm going to post my New Years Resolutions for 2010 as well. Here they are in no particular order...

1) Finish writing the novel I started for NaNoWriMo. This includes editing and revising.

2) Try to get something published. Extra emphasis on the word try. I'm not sure I'm going to be able to accomplish this, but we'll see.

3) Update all of my knitting and crochet projects on Ravelry, including the projects that are still in progress. That means taking a picture of whatever I'm working on, writing down what kind of yarn I'm using, and including a link to the pattern. I've been very lax about posting to Ravelry in 2009. Since joining Ravelry, I only posted one project that turned out to be very well liked, apparently, because fourteen people favorited it. Last week, I took pictures of my Doctor Who scarf and I the baby blanket I just finished.

4) More exercise! Muy importante! I probably won't be able to do much walking in January and February because the weather sucks, but I definitely should get out there come March and April. I think I'm going to try to get back into my routine of walking three to three-and-a-half miles a day. This will be really helpful when it comes to writing because I come up with most of my ideas during walks. Listening to my iPod while I walk also helps. By the way, I dreamed up the story that eventually became my NaNoWriMo project during a walk in September. Earlier that week, I had read a writing prompt that said something to the effect of, "you can come with this time, but only if you behave." I was thinking about it while I was walking and all of a sudden BAM! I had a story.

5) Participate in NaNoWriMo in November of 2010. Years ago, I tried writing a book called Dreams of Fenecia, but ended up abandoning it. Since that time, I've lost whatever work I did on it. Most of it was crap anyway because I had no idea what I was doing back then. Character outlines? Plot outlines? What are those? I also do think my prose in what I had written left much to be desired. It was too...perky. Anyhow, I think that I will try revisiting that book in November of 2010.

6) Maybe try to post more to Live Journal this year. I've been very quiet these past few months.


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