Saturday, January 2, 2010

Hello, New Year!

The last few years have not been the best. They've been littered with betrayals and lies, hardships and tight wallets, and many other not so lovely things. But the last few years have shown me my true friends, and have helped me figure out who I am, who I want to be, and what I want to do with my life. These last few years have also given me even more things to write about.

Life isn't always a walk in the park. In fact, in my experience every day can provide you with more obstacles. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying life is all pain and heartbreak, but I do think it can seem that way. We have a tendency to look back on our lives and remember all of the bad things, all of the things that went horribly wrong, or the things we wish we would have done differently. I've made it a personal goal of mine to look on the bright side of life. To try and see the good things in spite of the bad.

This has become increasingly difficult, but getting to spend time with the people I love has helped me the last couple of weeks. After high school, we all went our separate ways, and now we hardly ever see each other. I got to college and I thought it would be so much better than high school, but it's worse. The people are more immature and even more vicious. I lost all of my friends after the first semester and had to make entirely new ones. Recently, nearly everyone who was there for me after that first rough patch has deserted me. But I've made new and better friends, and just like those select few friends I've managed to keep since high school, they're there for me. And I can't imagine how things would have turned out if I hadn't met any of them.

On a writing note, last night was a big one for me: I finished editing the first chapter of Rise of the Phoenix, and I couldn't be more excited. It still worries me though; I think I might have to split it, but I'm not sure yet. It grew, a lot. The 1st person version is 18 pgs; the new 3rd person rewrite and edit is 31 pgs and 8,200 words. =)

It's a new year, and a new decade. I've never been one for resolutions, but I'm a fan of goals. I mentioned before (a couple of times actually) that I want to be query ready by graduation, May 2011. I want to move it up. By January of 2011, I want to be finished with edits, and have a query and synopsis ready. I want to write more often and on a regular basis. And I want to start playing with my Shiny Idea.

I'm determined to have a fantastic year. So, here's to 2010. May it be filled with happiness and success for everyone.

I've given you my goals. Now, what're yours? Do you want to find the perfect agent? Finish that story you've been writing? Meet new people? Let's hear it!


Jade said...

I think you've set some good goals. I haven't set any definite ones, except that I want to write 1k a day. I'm hitting it most days...

I like the new blog too.

Here's to a new year.

Anonymous said...

Good luck with the book. I hope you finish editing it. Sometimes I'm torn about splitting a chapter, because it means I have to renumber the following chapters. Since I write YA, I opet for shorter chapters.

Anonymous said...

*opt* I meant. I hate typos.

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Thanks for the comment. Congrats on your progress and good luck with your new goals. Happy new year! :)
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Amanda J. said...

Jade- Thanks! I'm just going to try and write every day when I get back to school, or at least edit every day. Hopefully I'll be working on something new soon. And good luck/congrats on 1k a day, I've yet to pull that kind of consistency off! :)

Medeia- Originally the chapter was a good length but now I feel like it's too long. It's YA so I'm trying to keep all of them from running on too long. :/

Karen- Thanks, and you too!


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