Top Ten Tuesday: 2021 Resolutions

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

It’s been a rough first week of 2021, and all I can say is that I hope there are more videos of the #NoFlyList, because that is the joy I need in my life right now. It’s schadenfreude, in that I am seriously enjoying the consequences being reaped upon the white supremacist terrorists who trespassed on federal property, stole confidential stuff (seriously, check out the videos of the people AVOIDING attention—we just had a huge data breach), beat and murdered people, and coordinated a country-wide insurrection against the results of an election where their candidate lost.

For every terrorist who attacked the Capitol, there are hundreds more who stayed at home. Who enabled them. Who harbored the same thoughts but didn’t act upon them. What we are seeing is not something that just magically appeared out of the ground five years ago, but what the USA is built upon: white supremacy.

There is a positive note, however. The USA may have been founded on white supremacy ideals, but that doesn’t have to be our future.

On that bleak note, here’re my resolutions! I don’t do a whole lot of resolutions, but I do try to set goals for myself.

This is probably going to be a reiteration of my earlier post on my 2021 Reading and Writing Goals.

Reading

Lowball goal is to read 120 books. I can do it, and I want to keep myself low (despite all the pretties) because I have a lot of writing I want (and need) to do this year.

But one goal I want to incorporate is to track my stats more thoroughly than Goodreads can manage. I created a spreadsheet inspired by Kal @ Reader Voracious Blog’s 2021 Bookish Stats Template and Shealea from Shut up, Shealea’s 2020 Must-Have Reader Spreadsheet.

If this looks like something that you’d like to try, go ahead and take a look, and feel free to make a copy of the spreadsheet. Any problematic elements or errors are entirely my own, and I take full responsibility for them.

Link to my template: 2021 Reader Spreadsheet

Blogging

Not too many blogging goals, although I’d like to be more active in terms of reaching out and commenting on other people’s blogs. I would like to link my Goodreads closer to my blog, and help grow the book club I help moderate at the Procrastinators Book Club. I manage the games/challenges, and we have a wicked amazing schedule for this year. Here’s our 2021 schedule if you’d like to check us out.

Writing

The majority of my focus needs to be on my writing. I’m about 2/3 of the way through the first draft of That Slow Awakening, which is the second book in the Satura Trilogy (book 1, That Distant Dream was released December 14th and I’m still flabbergasted that it is published).

In addition to TSA, I want to outline book 3.

I’d also love to finish my Lesbian Cinderella novella, and polish up six short stories and find paying homes for them. And write at least two more short stories.

It’s all doable, it’s just a matter of me staying focused and not getting into my own head.

What are your goals for 2021?

4 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 2021 Resolutions

  1. Great list! I need to work on getting my TBR down (theres definitely some that’s been there for more than two year! Oops.) and good luck with reading 120 books! I’d already done this prompt in another post so I had a go at my top ten favourite albums lol. You seem like you’d have good taste in music, what are yours? Here are mine 😊 https://hundredsandthousandsofbooks.blog/2021/01/12/ttt-12-1-top-ten-albums/

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    1. lol I have HORRIBLE taste in music! Which is so sad, since apparently writers are supposed to have great musical taste and conjure amazing playlists and whatnot?

      When I’m not shotgunning Broadway showtunes or writing to my Killers (or Dispatch, or Taylor Swift) pandora playlist or whatever deep study lo-fi beats shit is motivating me, I’m probably listening to whatever top 40 song is on the radio (although over the past couple years I tend to prefer audiobooks to listening to new music or music in general).

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