Following up from the “Sixteen in 2016” post I did a year ago, I decided to go ahead and do the same for 2017, with a plus-one. So in no particular order, here are the things I hope to accomplish in the coming year:
Pay off my remaining student loan. The last payment is scheduled for June, but the balance is so low that I’ll probably pay it off sooner.DONE Pay off another credit card. I’m down to two with balances, so I might manage both.DONE Increase my retirement savings. I’m currently at 7% and want to be at least 10% by the end of the year.Increased to 9% in July; holding off on more until after home purchase.
- Set up monthly charitable donations, focusing on social justice/civil rights organizations. UPDATE: Never got this done, but I did to a dozen or more individual donations. 🙂
- Wean myself back off soda. I drink wayyyyy too much sugar these days. UPDATE: Still in progress.
Do more major purging before I move, especially books, CDs, and DVDs that never leave their shelves.DONE Move. I’ll have my own place again for the first time in a decade! DONE
- Actually finish unpacking this time. Goal: by Memorial Day weekend (~2.5 months). UPDATE: Gave up because now I’m going to be packing to move again anyway!
Take my parents to Walt Disney World (planned for February). Finish publishing Hands On novella set.
- Write/finish writing and submit/publish three new stories. UPDATE: Done! Graphite & Glitter, Falling Together, and Teaching Ben (coming February 2018).
- Start submitting to agents. UPDATE: Pushed back to 2018.
Attend the RT Booklovers’ convention in Atlanta. Attend the Council of Science Editors meeting in San Diego (for the day job).
- Attend at least one other romance writing conference. UPDATE: Did not, but I have at least three scheduled for 2018.
lan and execute publication of the Daily Dragon for Dragon Con 2017.
- Finally get together the Seekrit Project I’ve been wanting to do for my mom for years. (Shhhhh!) UPDATE: This didn’t happen, but the moving will help with that because I can sort through necessary materials.
There. That ought to give me plenty to focus on. Happy New Year, everyone!