Saturday, January 02, 2010

golly how I love milestones

Dear Everybody,

Happy New Year to you! As you know, I am generally a sap, but furthermore I love milestones like New Year etc because they allow me to sappily reminisce on a previous period and make sappy goals for a coming period.

In terms of reminiscing, I was tempted to self-aggrandizingly post a list of the 66 books I read this year (my record of my entire life!! 66 books in a single year!!) but the Rally Monkey said that was boring and everyone would hate me. Also, upon considering the list I would have made, I was made aware of the fact that an embarrassing percentage of it was made up of Harry Potter and Wheel of Time titles. Also, I've talked about a lot of them here already, so it would be doubly boring. So I'll skip it. But if you want to leave your favorite read of 2009 in the comments, I'll read with interest.

In terms of making sappy goals for 2010, may I recommend the Fill-in-the-Gaps project to anyone looking to make reading resolutions. For anyone looking to make writing goals, I'm open to suggestion here. In May of 2009, fellow blogger JES led us in a Write Your @$$ Off Day. This is something I would look forward to doing again, for example. For those looking to make publishing goals for 2010, that's what this whole blog community is here to help with.

I admit that I am uncreatively among the majority of Americans who found 2009 very difficult. One of the few outlets to stress and worry was my blog--a free (economically sound!) place to hang out with a bunch of friends with similar interests. So in a sappy culmination to this New Year's message, I wanted to say thank you (again) for being here, being nice, and being engaged in the conversation, disorganized and various though it generally is. Hope we have even more fun together in 2010.

Much love,



Ello said...

Nice that I'm in the majority for once! ;o)

I think we should all thank you for your blog!

Who doesn't love the Moonrat?

Linda said...

I'm in the majority, too ;^)

Happy New Year, dear Moonrat! Blogging and every other form of writing is sooooooooo much cheaper than therapy, and has fewer side effects than meds. Thank YOU for a wondermous blog and your kind ways.

Me 100 reads goal got completely blown off last year, though I did read a lot -- just not the 100 (though am in a new Gravity's Rainbow read-along that kicked off yesterday).

And I am completely up on a write your A$$ off day. And a edit your A$$ off day.

Peace, Linda

Genie of the Shell said...

I'm so proud of myself for sticking to my resolutions TWO DAYS after drunkenly making them!

Writing resolutions: Edit at least one chapter of 2009's NaNoWriMo project each month. Attend 2-4 writing critique group sessions each month to help with these revisions and get inspired by other writers.

And, of course, I'll keep reading good writing/publishing industry blogs such as yours! Happy New Year.

thepopeofbeers said...

I went on a reread rampage of the "Animorphs" series this year. Yeah, I own them all; I am a huge dork.

But I finally managed to read Stewart O'Nan's "Last Night at the Lobster" this year, and for a novel about someone's constant failures, it was oddly uplifting.

"John Dies at the End" by David Wong was my favorite, though. A pitch-perfect horror/comedy, if that's your kind of thing.

Happy New Year!

Indigo said...

May love and beauty follow you into this new decade. Why those two wishes? Both have a whole lot of positivity hung up on them (winks).

As for reading, anything by Charles de Lint is bound to be promising. I'm actually thinking of rereading many of the various tomes I have of his. (Hugs)Indigo

Eliza said...

Aww. Thank YOU for being here -- I found the blog relatively late in the year but you've already taught me so much.

For writing goals, I'm participating in the Novel in 90 community over on livejournal. (Um, guess I should add to my page count today)

My favorite book of last year was probably The Magicians. Or the Columbine book, for a different variant of favorite. Really good, but so tough to read.

Beth said...

I'm a fan of reading YA and juvenile fiction myself. I think my favorite reads of the year were Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls books and, on the adult side, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer.

Kiersten White said...

You were among my 2009 highlights, too : )

As far as writing goals, I want to create at least two new things this year that I'm not contracted for. Haven't decided what type they will be yet, but hopefully it will be fun!

Because that's my other goal. Continue to have fun writing, even if it is officially my job now. Especially since it's officially my job now!

Kristan said...

Aww, what a cute post. Thank you for your awesome blog! I guess it's a win-win. :)

Charles Gramlich said...

I read so much that a resolution would slow me down.

Gordon Jerome said...

Hey Moonrat,

66 books--that's a lot of books. I'm a slow reader. It takes me a month to read a book. I'm always reading a book, but I only read about ten or twelve a year.

I look forward to reading more of you blog in 2010. I now have it on my list of shortcuts I visit daily.

So...what? We're supposed to list a publishing goal? I want to finish the rough draft, or at least half, of what will probably be the last novel. And I want our new indi publishing company to be up and running. It doesn't have to be profitable, I just want the kinks worked out.

And I'm with Genie, except I'll be glad if I can remember the resolutions I drunkenly made with much emotion and certainty two days ago.



Adam Heine said...

I talked about my five favorite reads of 2009 here. Probably my favorite read was Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.

Whirlochre said...

Milestones sure beat millstones, I know that much. And rhinestones.

I'm hoping for much Moonification in 2010.

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theresedoucet said...

Far and away my favorite book that I read this year was The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance, a memoir by Elna Baker, who's a Mormon comedian living in NYC. It was the funniest thing I had read in years, and I don't think you have to have grown up Mormon to get the humor. But besides the humor, it was also a sensitive look at the role faith can play in people's lives - not dumbed down or sugared over. I could appreciate it even though I'm an atheist!

Shannon said...

I totally left a list of all 107 books I read this year on my blog even though an embarassing number of them repeat themselves. But I was thrilled to see this morning that one of the authors left a comment on her being on my list!!! How exciting is that?
I say post the list, i love seeing what people read.

Stuart Neville said...

Meeting Moonrat in person (three times, no less!) was among the best highlights in a year of highlights. Happy New Year to you, Moonrat, and thank your for all your advice, support and friendship. :)

Bernita said...

Happy New Year, MoonmouseDear.And thank you.
I am without "resolutions" but am resolute!

Christy Raedeke said...

Thank YOU for tirelessly posting great advice, sage musings, and the occasional weird food photo.

Your Mischief adore you. Or should it be adores? See how much we need your editorial guidance?

Happy happy new year!

Gordon Jerome said...

@ Therese

You can't be an atheist for God's sake! You're too young. Usually people have to be much older and more burned out on life to become atheists.

I wish I could be an atheist.

JES said...

Moonie, a lot of people's Google Reader subscription list just wouldn't be the same without Editorial Ass. Thanks for a great year here.

Oh, and I couldn't help noticing that even though you held yourself back from naming the 66 books, you COULDN'T RESIST REPORTING THAT YOU READ 66 FREAKING BOOKS in a year, and I don't even care who the authors or genres were. Grrrr. So much not hating you.*

Best book I read this year: a tough question. But you know what? I'd honestly have to say that The Twleve (a/k/a Ghosts of Belfast) just killed me. Well, that, plus sent me into a tailspin of despair** that it was Stuart's first book. It's gonna stay with me a long time.

* Ha!
** Ha! again.

jalexissmith said...

Happy New Year!!! 2010 will be amazing!

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Ben-M said...

Happy New Year, Moonrat! I suppose I should listen to Rally Monkey too, but my humble 33 novels read in 2009 would have to be my record so far - and it feels great to achieve something there. Plus, first on my reading list for this year is Life of Pi - I can't wait!

Kate said...

Happy New Year, Moonrat! I'm glad you got to read so much this year. I had a challenging year too, but only because I never had enough free time - certainly not enough to read more than a few novels. But I did find enough time to read every one of your blog entries, and don't regret a moment spent here.

theresedoucet said...

@ Gordon Jerome,

Be careful what you wish for!

I used to wish every now and then I could be a lesbian, probably for similar reasons - although that one hasn't come true so far ...


Chris Eldin said...

Hugs to the Moonrat! 2010 will be a great year!

Rebecca Knight said...

YAY! We <3 you, too :). This blog is a wonderful community of clever writing/reading/publishing folk.

My goal for this year is to query my first book and finish my second :). I'm excited to start kicking some booty!

Watery Tart said...

I'd like to add a thanks for your blog--so nice when someone takes the time to make IMPORTANT stuff to read FUN to read.

I, like you, spent a large portion of my reading time last year on an epic fantasy series, Sword of Truth-- I thought it was very fun, thought provoking, and enjoyable but under edited. (I get the impression that is par for fantasy and how they get away with also putting out LONG books, which I love)

My writing goal is actually to dedicate about 1/4 of my time to editing (by month, my brain doesn't write and edit well at the same time) and to participate in two 'novel months' (the official one, and one with friends in June)

I am hoping 2010 is the year the publishing industry learns the magical formula for incorporating Ebooks, alternative pub methods and the various other new obstacles so everyone can make money and they open their doors a little wider to new authors again.

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Gordon Jerome said...

@ Therese

I used to wish every now and then I could be a lesbian, probably for similar reasons - although that one hasn't come true so far ... :)

Well then, you're just letting the best in life pass you by. :>

Crystal Posey said...

One of my goals for next year is to read at least half of my Fill-in-the-gaps list by the end of the year. I have gotten off to a very slow start.

Also, in 2010, I'll be participating the Write Your @$$ Off Day, rather than nano.

I'm excited b/c this is the first year I've blogged my goals. I almost can't wait to the end of the year to see how I do.

Favorite read this year: ACHERON by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It's an exhausting and very emotional read. I think I felt every emotion possible, to the extreme, in that book. I've never had a book do that before, drag me through such a range of emotions. It stands for so much, I love it.