What are your New Year’s resolutions? Mine are:
1. Run the Oakland Half Marathon on March 25, no matter how slowly. I ran this marathon in 2010, and then in 2011 I wimped out after a 10-mile run two weeks before because I hadn’t trained enough. My ego didn’t want to run it slower than I had the year before, so I didn’t run it at all. Talk about self-sabotage. So this year, my goal is to run it no matter how little I’ve trained and no matter how slowly I run.
2. Publish my book. I plan to publish two books this year—Paris On Less Than $10,000 A Day and a second memoir I’m writing about parenting. I hope to sell the second one on proposal rather than writing the book first. And here is the whopper: I retain every right to renege on this resolution come end of March, but if I don’t sign with an agent by the end of March, I plan to self-publish Paris On Less Than $10,000 a Day. I’ve worked too long and hard on it to let it sit in Scrivener for the rest of the year. And this will give me the kick in the pants I need to really get it out there as quickly as possible.
3. Write the proposal for Book Two and send it out by the end of March. (Notice a theme? All of my resolutions are due end of March. Then I get to spend the rest of the year lying on the couch eating bon-bons.)
4. Continue to read two books/month. I’m starting the year off with Peter Orner’s Love and Shame and Love followed by Jeffrey Eugenides’s The Marriage Plot. Also on my TBR list are the books of all my fabulous bloggy buddies: Samuel Park’s This Burns My Heart, Anne Allen’s The Gatsby Game, Roni Loren’s steamy romance Crash Into You, which—by the way— JUST CAME OUT, Tawna Fenske’s Making Waves (which I’ve already purchased on my Kindle), and Brian Meeks’s Henry Wood Detective Agency.
And for those of you who had questions for Ivory Madison about Red Room, she has answers!