Ren’s Report of 2010

One thing I’ve learned is to never underestimate the value of celebrating your successes, and the power of setting goals to inspire and grow with. So, I thought I’d share some of mine.

Successes of 2010


1. Finished one full round of revisions on Hall


2. Created & submitted Jeweler’s Son to Publisher


3. Joined NAF


4. Started Reality Crash


5. Developed some offshoot story ideas

Sophie, from the short "Tools of the Trade", a story of an elf ... in a duster coat... and a flame thrower? Watch for it!


1. Been doing more Art, currently helping illustrate the Elven Anthology at Port Yonder Press!


2. Been more consistent with meals and housekeeping


3. Got a garden going and maintained living plants in it all year


4. Tackled some recipes and crochet projects


5. Started couponing



Surprises of Blood, Excitement and Water

1. Wounds – from bike handlebars, rusty screws and gardening shears, not only has this been the first year for stitches, we got a two for one deal! Just wish we could have gotten that deal on the financing side of it … Good: All wounds seem to be healing fine and yes… we do have insurance… although that is an issue of it’s own (btw, the insurance company still seems to think we owe them about $1,000 but they haven’t come after us yet… apparently there’s a contract with my Husband’s employer that they can take it out of his “last paycheck”… ie, when he leaves the company/retires)

2. Water, mold and broken glass – ceiling, water heater and tub all developed major leaks. Then the incident where Lydia put her foot through the windowGood: No one has been hurt and the rent managers have addressed the leaks… even if the job on the ceiling failed to fix the problem, at least we should have a couple more months before it looks like this again. Remember, it’s the thought that counts, right?


3. MLP uncovered my submission of Hall of Masters and requested the full ms!



Goals for New Year


1. Write a bunch of short stories and start submitting them. Roughly 1 short per 2 months with 3 months leaway(theoretically given to goal #2)

Jan-Feb: Jeweler’s Son – revise & resubmit

Resident Backstabber

Right To Rule

Tran’s Tale of Iesha

2. Take on another book OR finish one started

3. Run the Renegade Project for at least 6 months on NAF (watch for the adventure to begin in the next few days – it’s going to be a blast!)

4. Do at least 2 character drawings of Hall characters

5. (possible) Brainstorm alterations to make Forger a serial


1. Visiting Teaching

2. Dejunk

3. Maintain main living areas – kitchen, living room, etc. And Laundry

4. Help Husband rearrange Garage to be play area

5. Do more sewing and craft projects with Lydia



Here’s to the New Year, a new beginning and growth!

So, now that I’ve shared mine, what are your successes and goals?

About Ren Black

Part-time novelist. Weekend artist. Full-time Mother. Ex-poet. Perfectionist by training. Compulsive researcher sporadically. Prone to fits of linguistic commentary Unorthodox Renegade occasionally. Sarcastic by habit... Dreamer Always... Consider Yourself Warned

7 comments on “Ren’s Report of 2010

  1. That’s a lot of goals, there, Ren. Good luck with those. I myself am aiming low this year. But I’m a Turtle, not a bird. 😉

    • lol, notice I don’t mention how I fared on goals set last year… I think I had two years running where one of them was something like “get a contract for Hall”… still haven pulled that off.
      Thanks for the comment, Turtle.

  2. You should have put “organize my goals”–so you can go ahead and cross it off right away ;). You should have some record of starting off the year with an accomplishment! Good job, Ren!

    The elf drawing is beautiful. I have a couple of those to finish myself. How cool that our drawings are going to be in an anthology together :D.

    • Yep, it will be exiting to have such a group of artists all working together – and the authors. I’ve never actually illustrated a story before this so it’s sort of an adventure for me.

      Thanks, Kat … and again, welcome to the group!

  3. I, too, have a simple (ha!) goal of dejunking and maintaining order in my tiny apartment! 🙂 Keven, I hope, will keep me accountable with this. 😉 I’m using the FLYlady method…it seems to be working so far. I’ve mastered the “Shiny Sink!” Good Luck!

    • Mastered? Wow, you’re doing better than I. I’ll say that I’m working on it, but I often struggle with consistency so I’m far from marking any of the habits as “mastered”. But I’ve just been really pleased by the spirit and methodologies of Flylady. She focuses so much on love being the motivation than the “you’re supposed to” which has never really worked for me. I just cringe at that word, “supposed”. Love is something I can buy into. And it makes it a little less stressful. Okay, a lot less.

      Good luck on your de-junking!

  4. […] year ago I reported on my successes of the year and my goals for the new one. So as the new year approaches, I thought I would do it again. Not […]

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