I don't make them. Or, if I do, they are unavoidably achievable. For instance, I have often on past January 1sts resolved not to purchase Norway. See? One cannot help but not purchase an entire Scandinavian country. I find New Year's resolutions just set one up for failure. I'm not particularly goal-oriented in the traditional sense. Deadline-oriented, yes, but that's not the same thing. I'm better than I used to be, but that's not saying much. I prefer, instead, to think of things I would really like to do and then, randomly throughout the year, try to do a few of them. Can you tell I'm not into high-pressure situations? Maybe that's because I get enough of those from exterior sources. Why would I want to do that to myself? So, in the vein of low-stress, low-pressure, here's a list of a few things I would really like to do this year.
I'd really like to get my two finished novels polished up and submitted.
I'd really like to finish the two unfinished novels currently residing on my hard drive.
And on a non-authorial note, I'd very much like to climb a 5.10a at the climbing gym, and to run a 5K.
That's as close to a set of New Year's resolutions as you'll get from me.
What do you think of New Year's resolutions? Do you make them? Do you keep them? Why or why not?
On another note, I've not heard from my contest winner. So, Mo, if you're out there, gimme a shout at maia (at) maiastrong (dot) com. Thanks!