2013 Goals – Reading, Writing and Arithmetic

Happy New Year


2013EbookChallengeA couple of months ago, I read a great post with a great title, The Best Ever Top 50 List in the World Ever by Michael J. Holley.  How could resist a great title like that?

Anyway, in the post, Michael includes the list of the top 50 most popular books and the top 50 most popular films.    I have a full length post planned for this topic, but needless to say, I need to read more.  So, in 2013, that is what I am going to do. I have signed up for the 2013 Ebook Challenge.  My plan is the read the following books over the course of 2013:

  1. The Hobbit
  2. A Tale of Two Cities
  3. Kane & Abel
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird
  5. The Lord of the Rings
  6. Anna Karenina
  7. The Great Gatsby
  8. The Sportswriter
  9. Tropic of Cancer
  10. Wuthering Heights
  11. To the Lighthouse
  12. The Eagle has Landed

I will be keeping track of my reads on the 2013 Reading Challenge tab. And you can see the current book I am reading in the side bar.  I figure once I finish my book each month, then I can return to reading my chick lit, horror and crime thrillers.

Have you read any of these books? Let me know, which one you enjoyed the most?  


Blog – The blog schedule will change to 3 times a week at least. Now, this coming week, I will be posting 5 days a weeks, hence the, at least.

Sunday Post – My Weekly Update – Review of my week, Posts to Share, Recognition of New Followers and Special Features coming up such has blog hops or book tours for the following week.
Tuesday Post/Wednesday Post – I will alternate Tattoo Tuesday and Sydney Quotes the Movies (SQM) every other week.
Friday Post – Random Blog Post

Short Stories – I love a good, well written short story and have read many last year. Sevastian Winters has some amazing stories for sale on his site and they inspired me to give it a try.  I am committing to writing a short story a month. And, to add an extra incentive, I have joined, 2 short story contest. I figured why not.  They offer feedback whether you win or not. That can’t be a bad thing, can it?

WriMo – I will participate in JuNoWriMo and NaNoWriMo this year for the novel length fans in my life.  The ideas keep coming and it worked for me in the past. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Editing – I really enjoyed my WriMo Diaries (how is that for a great title, Uhmmm). My goal is to create a Editing Diary to correspond with the editing process of my three novels.  I will begin editing in  January and will continue, I guess, until . . . who knows. But, that’s ok.

Publishing – WriMo Diaries, Editing Diaries, Short Story Anthology, Novel #1, #2, #3 – I would be pleased with anyone of these happening this year. But, definitely, all three and more in my life time.

What are your writing goals this year? Do yo have a word count goal, books written goal or a just a goal to get published this year? 


Ok, had the finish the saying with Arithmetic. This might be a stretch, but I need a goal relating to numbers.  Maybe I could work on sticking to my Amazon/iBook monthly budget.  Kind of disregarded that more times then I should in the past. Well, if my blog idols would stop publishing, I wouldn’t buy so many book; Emily, A.E., Becca, D.C., Karen,      Donna, and Chris. Yes, I’m talking to you.

I could focus on increasing my Social Media presence, but I my pleased with those numbers growing as they are.

There is always the views/clicks stats, but you can’t really control that, can you?

Ok, I have a good one, I will meet/connect/friend/read/follow/support more people on the web this year.

Also, a million dollar advance check would be nice. It could happen.

What numbers will you be focusing on this year? 

I wish everyone a Happy and Productive New Year. 

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19 thoughts on “2013 Goals – Reading, Writing and Arithmetic

  1. I have read exactly half of those books and Anna Karenina is my favorite of those. I love your goals, especially the short story one. I’ve thought about SS writing and then posting them on my blog…but I’ve never done anything under 90K. Too long winded. It’s a skill I would like to learn though.

  2. Aren’t you the ambitious one. I’ve made no plans in particular–as usual. As far as your book list, I read A Tale of Two Cities when I was in 8th or 9th grade. That was a long time ago, but as I recall I quite enjoyed that book at the time.

  3. Thanks for the (double) mention! I have read 6 books on your list and I really recommend To Kill a Mockingbird, and anything by Tolkien of course. Hope 2013 is a great writing year for you!

  4. I’ve read all but three on your list (I’ve been reading for more tha twice as long as you have, so. . . ). Lord of the Rings was no question the most enjoyable. Mockingbird comes a good second along with the Hobbit.

    I don’t have particular reading goals, just try to maintain a balance between good fiction, brain candy, and non-fiction. Then park my bum in my chair and write.

  5. I’ve only read the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings from your list.

    I’ll finish my goals later today but I want to edit. To get one of my three draft novels finished (though I have no idea what ‘finished’ means) this year would be wonderful, but it seems such a huge task sat here on 1st jan 2013.

    1. I just think of what I accomplished last year and then look at this year and its about the same.Ambitious, but manageable. I am looking forward to the challenge. Happy New Year Lynn and thanks so much for your support this year.

  6. Ugh. I need to look at my reading goals and revamp them. I wanted to read four books a month last year and I didn’t even come close. This year, I’m going to make it so, except I’m taking the number down to two books a month. More, if I can.

    Happy New Year my friend! 2013 is going to be great, I can just tell.

  7. Good luck with your goals! I’ve set some pretty serious goals myself, but I think it helps to keep me motivated, so I have no doubt you’ll be able to tackle it! 😀

  8. I’ve read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The story is good, but Tolkien does tend to get wordy. I also read The Great Gatsby, but I really didn’t get the hype behind it.
    Good luck with all your goals! Personally I want to publish two novels during 2013, so we’ll see how that goes. I’m also planning to read 40 books. 🙂

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