Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year! May 2015 Be Amazing for us All!

There is an increasing trend for people to denigrate the idea of making New Year's resolutions. This makes no sense to me as I don't see anything wrong with taking stock in the new year and looking at what we have achieved and what we still want to achieve. "Resolutions" is just another word for "goals." What is wrong with making goals? 

Some of the nay-sayers point out that many people make these resolutions and then forget about them. While it's sad that they forget their resolutions and don't make any strides towards achieving them, that doesn't make resolution-making (or goal-setting) as a whole a bad thing. Some people are better at sticking to their goals and working towards their goals than others - It doesn't matter what time of the year you set your goals; this fact will still be true.

So if you are making new year's resolutions (and it doesn't matter if you call them resolutions, goals or a to-do list), just keep one thing in mind while you do; these goals you are making are meant to be worked towards throughout the year, not just set and then forgotten.

My main goals for ChaBooCha this year is to help it grow even more - with more official members, more spectacular guest posts by authors, publishers, agents and editors and more amazing prizes. There will be a new badge for this year as well, and I will have the winner' badge (something I didn't get around to last year) ready in advance. We will even have some press releases sent out about the challenge this year. I'm also hoping we will find more people who live local to each other in the challenge so that we can arrange more regional ambassadors.

With some luck, I will be able to afford to get us a proper web site this year too.

This year's Teapot Tales anthology will be calling for mixed-up, fractured and brand new fairy tales again - just like the first one called for. (I've learned that the less I limit you all on topic, the more prolific in your writing you all become.) 

So, now I have to ask: What are your goals for 2015? What do you hope to achieve and how do you plan to make those achievements happen? Are you planning ahead for this March's chapter Book Challenge?