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Hello, 2016!

Hello 2016

Another year has come and gone. I have no idea where the time went, but I’m going to try to keep track of it this year!

Did I complete my resolutions from 2015?

I pledged to read 52 books on the Goodreads Challenge and ended with reading over 52 books. I didn’t read one book a week like I was supposed to, but I still managed to hit my goal… I hit it early, too. So my resolution to read more is checked off!

I wanted to have George Florence completely edited and ready to be queried by now. I worked on the novel throughout the whole year, but it’s still not ready. One reason for this is because I completely rewrote the novel with a new POV last summer. So I kind of started from scratch. So that resolution gets a half check.

I also wanted to start eating healthier… I’m not even going to mention whether that gets a check or not. I’m sure you know the answer.

What are my resolutions for 2016?

I made a list back in November of new things I wanted to do and try in 2016. I’m not going to post that list here because it’s in my journal and private, but if I do them I’ll be sure to write about them on here. So one resolution is to check off some items from that list.

Reading: I want to read 52 books again, one book a week. I am hoping to surpass last year’s goal though. I would like to read 60 books, but I’m not making promises. I’ll be happy if I hit 52 again.

Writing: I want to completely edit George Florence and prepare it to be queried. Now that I have my writers’ group, it shouldn’t be too hard. Hopefully.

I also want to edit a novel I wrote for Camp NaNo a while back (the title may sound familiar to some of you) called Take Over. Once that’s edited I may post it on Wattpad or even try to self-publish it. I haven’t decided yet.

I want to continue working short stories and enter more contests and submit to more magazines. It would be nice if I could submit something at least once a month. I make no promises on that, either.

What’s up for the blog in 2016?

Blogging is more or less the same with some slight changes here and there.

–Sunday: Still Short Story Sunday
–Wednesday: Still Inspiration Station
–Friday: Still Time to Write
–Saturday: Still Book Reviews (book reviews may occasionally happen on Tuesdays as well)
—-I also put up a new policy on reviews. You can learn more on my Book Review Policy page.
–One Tuesday and one Thursday a month: Guest Bloggers will make an appearance. There are still slots open if you want to check out my Be a Guest Blogger page to learn more.

Once every other month there will be a Grammar Check instead of an Inspiration Station. Also, once every other month (the months without the Grammar Check) will have the Bookshelf series at the end of the month where I compile a list of themed books.

I will also continue to post my monthly goals at the beginning of each month, my monthly wrap-up at the end of each month, and a list of monthly writing contests.

I’m going to continue to post every day (if that didn’t seem obvious enough). Like I said, the daily posts are still the same for the most part with some slight changes and add-ons here and there.

I hope you enjoy these changes and new features!

I wish everyone a happy and healthy 2016!

What are your resolutions?

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Author:

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

24 thoughts on “Hello, 2016!

  1. You are very brave to post your resolutions! But I am inspired. Instead of creating a ridiculously long and impossible list of all the things I think I should do next year, I will try to think of a few reasonable goals that I might actually succeed at sticking with. So far, that’s my resolution. 🙂 Good luck with yours, Rachel, and happy new year!

    1. Thank you! I made a ridiculously long list in my journal. I want to accomplish some in 2016, but it’s mainly “bucket list” type things.
      Happy New Year to you too! 🙂

  2. I have to write out my goals for 2016 still. I mean, like you, I have them all written down in my planner, but I don’t want to list them all on my blog, so I have to sit down and look over my list of 50+ things and figure out exactly what I want to do.

      1. That sounds like a plan. Learning to balance work and home life is a good thing and one of the things I plan on struggling with this month, but after this month? Hopefully I’ll have it figured out. 😉

      2. It shouldn’t. I’ve already put my two-weeks notice at my part-time job as the lack of sleep on days I work both jobs is starting to seriously take a toll on me, and I won’t be there much longer.

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