Every year right about now, practically everyone in the world is unveiling some kind of list summarizing the year: favorite reads, top films, best dressed, etc. The only list I compile at the end of the year is my New Year's Resolutions: less chocolate, less procrastinating, more sleep, and so on. I also make a kind of sub-list for specific reading and writing goals, and I figure the View is the perfect place to share my ambitions for the year 2009.
#1: Finish rough draft of novel.
#2: Read at least twenty-five books on Crazy Impossibly Long Reading List.
#3: Cannot be mentioned or I'll break the resolution. (It's one of those catch-22s, which I might read this year as part of resolution #2.)
#4: Brush up on grammar and punctuation rules. I think I should finally learn how to place commas in the right places.
#5: Practice using figurative language.
#6: Invent three new words/phrases and get at least one in circulation.
#7: Write an updated version of War & Peace.
#8: Crack fewer absurd jokes.
That one is also on my regular list, but I think it's important enough to write twice.
I hope I'll be able to keep all my resolutions, especially the first one. Actually I think the reading list will be the hardest to keep since it means I'll have to read at least one book every two weeks. It's doable, certainly, but tricky – particularly since I've yet to master the art of time manipulation. Don't worry, it's also on the list.
Happy New Year!