Well, 2013 is upon us, and who is more surprised than I that we somehow managed to survive the apocalypse?
In 2012, I didn’t really have any goals besides the goal to get over myself and start interviewing authors. Which I actually managed to accomplish (and I learned I enjoyed it quite a bit). I also hosted an event, Special Needs in Strange Worlds which was wildly successful and incredibly fun. Other than that, I guest posted on a lot of different blogs and venues, was interviewed a few times and other exciting things of that nature. Perhaps the most exciting, at least to me, is that I finally got a chance to do what I’ve always wanted to do: edit. In 2012, I started helping edit two books, one of which will be released on January 8.
2012 seemed to be the year me and my website both grew and changed in ways I hadn’t ever predicted or expected.
So what on Earth could I be hoping to achieve in 2013?
Well, I’m still hoping to land that publishing/freelance editing job (snort, snort).
In all seriousness, I hope 2013 will continue in the same way 2012 went. I want to continue interviewing and interacting with authors. I am also already in the planning stages for another month-long event inspired by Special Needs in Strange Worlds. I hope that this will kick off in April or May. The theme for this one will be different, and rather self-indulgent because it’s something I’m fascinated with. I won’t give it away, but I will give you a clue. It has something to do with worldwide cultures. I’ll let you ponder that until I announce the event when it’s ready. The good thing about this one is that it’s not something I thought of in the shower and then put into action 10 minutes later. I actually have a few good months to prepare this event, so I hope (cross my fingers) it will be as interesting and inspiring as Special Needs in Strange Worlds was.
Onto personal bookish goals:
- In 2012, I read 112 books. I have a personal goal to hit 120 in 2013.
- I want to continue challenging myself to read things that I typically wouldn’t read (example: in 2012 I forced myself to read a bunch of romance books, and while I still don’t like the genre, I do respect and understand it a bit more. I think that’s important in a reviewer).
- I want to continue editing books, and hopefully get one or two more under my belt this year (at least).
- Someday, I swear to (insert holy thing here) I’ll be on a podcast. I have no idea why I want to so bad, it just sounds like fun.
- I already accomplished one goal I set myself. On January 1, 2013 I finally reached 1,000 Twitter followers, which is very, very cool (though a good chunk of them are probably spambots). Be checking here in the next few days for an announcement of a celebratory GIVEAWAY.
- I will continue doing re-reviews. For some reason I find my different opinions after re-reading a book really interesting. So you’ll get more of those.