My New Year’s Resolutions

Obviously the world hasn’t ended yet today, so I think I’m pretty safe in declaring my intentions for the new year.  I only achieved one of my goals last year, so I think putting  my goals out into the public may pressure me into actually doing them.  What are my goals this year?

1.  Get back into writing.

Writing was essentially my life, my entire reason for living a few years ago.  But then a personal crisis came around and not only did I get out of practice, I lost the will to write fiction.  I think I’m fully recovered from the crisis in question so I want to ease back into writing.  That also means I’ll have to clear some of my schedule, but it isn’t likely to impact how much I post here on The Mad Reviewer.

2.  Stop procrastinating when it comes to reading the books of authors who contact me.

I am a horrible procrastinator, which is why I thought my ‘In Progress’ page would motivate me to read the books of writers who contact me in a timely manner.  This has obviously not been the case, mainly because I am a terrible procrastinator when it comes to anything that can be perceived as work.  And to make things even more confusing, when I actually get started on many books it isn’t work, it’s enjoyable!  Yet I still procrastinate.  But no more!  It’s about time I stuck to my commitments.

3.  Have more patience with people.

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have much patience when it comes to other people.  I’ll also be the first to admit that many people don’t notice this about me because I conceal it fairly well.  “Kill ’em with kindness” applies to people I don’t like and who don’t like me.  However, this policy tends to have the unintended side effect of building up stress and frustration, which also isn’t healthy.  That’s why, when I am feeling frustrated or stressed out, I am going to take a nice, deep breath and calm down.  Not everyone catches on quickly and you’re not always right.

Well, these are my resolutions.  What are yours?


  1. Thomas

    Good luck with your resolutions! One of mine is to get back into fiction writing as well, now that I’m done with college apps and all. Also, loving the sidebar for your reading/reviewing challenge. (:

    • Carrie Slager

      Thanks Thomas! In my post about the challenge there’s the code for the sidebar you can paste on your blog to keep track of things. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious you could change the colour as well to personalize it. 🙂

  2. Andy Szpuk

    New Years Resolutions? Ah, well, to spend less time on social media. You know, that stuff is like a ravenous beast. Before you have time to blink, twenty minutes has melted away.
    Another resolution is to keep reading your wonderful reviews, Carrie.

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