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New Years Resolutions

I haven't been on LJ for a while, and when I have it's been minimal, and not really what I intended this account to be when I signed up. So, with that in mind, my New Years Resolutions for 2011:
  • Write one poem a week--This should help me finish a few chapbook manuscripts, and possibly a book length manuscript.
  • Finish chapbooks--I have three or four chapbook manuscripts that have 10-12 poems written, but not enough for any major contest. This is slacking on my part, so between this resolution and the previous resolution, we'll see what happens.
  • Write a haiku a day for the entire year--I wooed my wife with haiku, and those poems eventually became my first book, which sold really well, but then I stopped writing haiku because...well, I'm not sure why. So I need to get back into it.
  • Lost 40 lbs.--Yeah...I'm a fat ass. That needs to change.
  • Read and review a chapbook a week--From what I can tell, chapbooks are where the real energy in poetry is. They're short, digestible bites of poems, and many first books tend to be three or four sections of 14-20 poems, or essentially three or four chapbooks put together. They're also cheaper, which means that if I get a bad one, I won't be out $14-20. Any recommendations on this front would be greatly appreciated.
  • Write one short story a week--If I can get three or four of them published at pro or semi-pro rates, that's more money that I can use to fund poetry.
  • Complete one yarn project a month--There's been too much "book" on this blog and not enough "hook" for me. I'm going to figure out how model the projects which I have that are complete, make enough to open up an Etsy shop, then work on one a month.
Any help, thoughts, encouragement, ideas, etc that anyone would like to give would be greatly appreciated.


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Jan. 6th, 2011 05:55 am (UTC)
I'm looking forward to it, I've missed your reviews! Also eager to see more of the "hook" part :).
Jan. 15th, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC)
Cool! I need more Josh Gage books and chapbooks. The poems I've seen so far from the fairy tale and zombie themes have been excellent.
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