New Year Goals: Big and Crazy Style

It’s that time of the year again! New Years Eve, traditionally the night of taking stock and setting resolutions.

If you’ve been by my blog for a few years, you’ll know I don’t do resolutions, though. I set goals. And on my other blog, I check up on my progress every three months to see how I did. December’s check is here.

Today, I’m also taking stock of what I did this past month as part of my Big Dreams Bloghop. Most of the goals I set also go toward my long term goal of earning $7500 royalties per month every month.

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But first: What I did in December. Honestly, not a ton. Mainly I rested, but I did make some good progress on editing Birds vs Bastards. 

Now, here are my goals for 2014. And yes. I know that this is insanely ambitious. But the way I see it, if I get a quarter of my goals done, I will still have achieved a lot.


Read 75 books.
Read more William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and other classics.


Research relevant time periods and facts for various works in progress.



The Countess
The Wedding
War of Six Crowns 4
Optional: One other on my to-do list


Opsies and Lysties
Optional: One other on my To-Do List.


Eden’s Son


War of Six Crowns 3
Birds vs Bastards
Any two of the “Edits” projects.


War of Six Crowns: The Heir’s Choice


Make a point of visiting every follower and commenter on both main blogs.
Weekly posts on my War of Six Crowns Blog.


Weigh 65kg by end March.
Maintain weight for the rest of the year.
Do yoga.
Do more exercise in general.
Eat healthily. I.E. The minimum refined carbs.
Do other arts. E.G. Paint. Needlepointing.
Get involved with people with similar interests to me.
Get back to singing regularly.

That’s it from me. Have any big goals you want to share? Please feel free to join my bloghop. Otherwise, just let me know in the comments. 

Happy New Year, awesome people! May your 2014 be filled with blessings and joy.


35 thoughts on “New Year Goals: Big and Crazy Style

  1. I set goals as opposed to making resolutions, too. Resolutions are too easy to toss aside. I'm still refining my goals for 2014, but once I have them I'll post them on my blog.

    Good luck with your goals!

  2. And a Happy New Year to you too, Misha! 🙂

    These are great yearly targets! I'm still really intrigued about 'Birds vs. Bastards'…that title, mhmm…

    Anyways looking forward to you knocking these goals out one-by-one!

  3. You are so ambitious. I don't do well with that much structure in my life. It doesn't leave me enough flexibility for creative flow, but I sure admire those who are so focused. I hope you feel a sweet satisfaction of reaching many of your goals.

  4. Ambitious, but inspiring 🙂 75 books means less than 5 days to read. Hmm… counting weekends, could be a challenge, but I love the idea. I need to up my reading, not to mention everything else you list! All the best in 2014!!

  5. Hi Misha,

    You have a healthy attitude, my good friend. For I agree, being insanely ambitious is just fine. If you succeed with just a portion of your goals, that, in its own right, is a success.

    Welcome to 2014. May this year be even more fulfilling.

    Gary 🙂

  6. I love that you have Fencing as a goal for 2014. I fenced in college and had a blast. I might pick it up again, but it's hard to know what the future will bring (and I'm going dancing tomorrow. I only have time and money for one expensive hobby at a time).

    Good luck with your goals. They are very ambitious.

  7. Wow, Misha…
    That's quite the list. From what I've read on your blog all these years, you are a woman of determination and you will get where you want to go!

    I wish you all the best this coming year!!!!!

  8. No, those aren't ambitious at all. *sucking Sarcasm back into his box*

    Well, shoot for the stars and hit the mountaintops, eh? I'm aiming for reading 100 books, publishing Soulless, publishing the first installment in a serial story, completing Timeless, outlining and completing two more 30K installments for my serial, critiquing at least 5 other people's manuscripts, revising the first book in a companion series, home schooling the kids, keeping ahead of the laundry, holding to a serious exercise routine, and planning healthier meals.

    Here's to an amazing 2014!

  9. Wow! Dream Big!!! Way to Go! Love your goals! I have about 101 resolutions this year . . . really – but some of them are fun like: puddle jumping, skipping, and hugging more people. And then I have about 20 writing goals – very specific. And so on and so forth.
    Best wishes in all your endeavors for 2014!!!

  10. Wow, ambitious!! I gave up making goals for lent- lol. I kid. I don't make goals but I admire people who do very much. Especially those (like you!) who are so great at keeping those goals. I am better at setting goals and making lists for work- at home things get a little loose. Part of the fallout of having to be too organized at work maybe?

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