Monday, January 3, 2011


Hi all! Hope 2010 was a good year for you. I have no complaints. There were things I wanted and did not get last year and things I got that I never asked for. J

Looking back at my post New Year’s post 2010, I actually asked a Magic 8 Ball to answer my resolution questions? What the heck was I thinking? This year, instead of leaving my life to chance, I’ll be setting a list of goals and constructing an actual plan to bring them to fruition. This way, at the end of 2011 I’ll see how I’ve achieved each goal. If for some reason I am unable to reach a certain goal, hopefully my plan will show me exactly where I went wrong.

I have three goals I’ll carry over from 2010 to 2011. In no particular order…

1. Obtain an agent.
--It didn’t happen for me last year, but to be honest, it couldn’t have happened for me in 2010. I was at the tail end of querying LIGHT BRINGERS and had come to the decision that it needed a major rewrite (something I’m still working on) and then I started on my current novel, PLATINUM DIARIES. That novel wasn’t ready to be queried until mid October. Granted, it was possible to query in October, hear back from an agent and have an offer by December 31st. But with this novel, I queried in stages and thank God for that idea. Needless to say, things are looking up for my novel and I’m happy about it.

2. Get a husband.
--Now those of you who are married and have been for a while, don’t know what’s happening in the world of dating. To sum it up…PEOPLE ARE CRAZY! No other way to put it. Without getting too specific, I had an incident that has really soured me on dating. I’ve NOT given up on love, but man, some guys are just creepy! Nuff said. I know there is someone who will be a perfect match—not a perfect man, but a perfect match for me. So I can be patient, but really, where is he already?! LOL.

3. Reach my goal weight.
--Maybe the reason I haven’t reached my goal weight is because I don’t really have a ‘goal weight’. I’ll know it when I see it. According to my height, and age, the AMA (American Medical Association) says I should be between 107-lbs and 131-lbs. Maybe 131-lbs would be okay, but seriously, something tells me I’d look like a crack head at that weight. I’m muscular so I weigh more than I look like I do. I look at my sister who is my height and 155-lbs and she looks good. She wants to lose 15-lbs and I think that would be fine, but her frame is smaller than mine. I was probably meant to be taller, but somehow got stunted-lol. All the same, I’ve lost 25-lbs and while I still have more to go, I feel good about my accomplishment!

So, now as I add those three goals (and several others) to my list for 2011, I’ll also add a plan to achieve each. Granted, I’m not sure how to set a plan to find a husband, but I know ‘Avoid the nut-jobs’ will be at the top of the list!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas (if that’s the holiday you celebrate. If not, hope your holiday was wonderful, nonetheless). I look forward to 2011, because I plan to make this a great year!


Melissa said...

Avoiding the nut jobs is an excellent plan!! COngratulations on loosing 25 pounds! That's a major accomplishment!

I wish you all the best in reaching your goals this year. I'm with you on the agent one!

Karen Denise said...

Thank you Melissa! Hope we can both get an agent this year. That would be awesome.

Joanne Fritz said...

Good for you, Karen, for setting such ambitious goals for yourself. Go for it!

I'd say you're already part-way there, anyway. You've already done some querying (I haven't reached that stage yet -- still need lots of revision), so it may not be that long before you get an agent. I know three people who've obtained agents in the last year or so.

And as far as your weight goals, 25 lbs is quite an accomplishment! Excellent!

Can't really tell you what to do about the husband... But I was 30 before I got married, so I remember thinking it would never happen. Don't go searching, just be open to possibilities.

J.L. Campbell said...

Your goals sound achievable -- if only you can avoid the nut-jobs in the boyfriend/soul mate department. Wishing you success with that.

I'm beginning to think I need to write down my goals for 2011. I do so much better with a list than without.

Karen Denise said...

Such great advice Joanne! No searching, be open...I love it. Thanks! And I hope you're right, and the right agent is just around the corner. When you are ready to query, I hope you find success!

J.L., I'm not really a list maker, but I do work better when I write stuff down. You'd think I'd adopt that with everything in my life, but I just don't do it-lol. Here's wishing you success with your list of goals and for 2011! Thanks!