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2011, I Resolve…

Last year, on New Year’s Day, I didn’t even make new year resolutions. That is why–in my humble opinion–I


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didn’t get as much done this year as I should have. Remember the old proverb about the Captain of the ship with no map–just headed east? That was me. I thought I’d do as much as I could and call it a success.

Not so good. This year, I’m writing them down so I have to see them and be embarrassed if I make no progress. A little forward motion is all I ask.

Here they are:


  • Finish my current techno-thriller, Seek and Destroy (although I haven’t settled on a title). I’m in the editing phase. I got a lot done over my two week Christmas break, but not enough. I have another break in February and March, but that won’t be enough, so I’m looking at summer. Unfortunately, I have a writer’s conference in February and Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in January. I’m not ready. I don’t know what to do.
  • Market Seek and Destroy when it’s finished–this summer. I have a few people interested. I know (aka, hope) one of them will grab it.
  • I have two historic fiction books, part of a series, that deal with paleo times. I’m thinking of jumping into the ebook market with them, see how it is. I can upload to Smashwords, get them on Apple, Kindle, the usual ereaders. If nothing else, I’ll learn about ebook publishing, which I can then share with you.


  • Finish an ebook I started called How Not to Hate Your Computer (I’m a tech teacher by day, intrepid writer by nights and weekends). I have most of the content collected, but must format and edit. It doesn’t take the concentration of fiction writing, so I think it’s reasonable to complete this book by end of summer.
  • Finish an ebook I started on Writer’s Tips. Actually, I’m collecting them from the good folks in my writers group. If they come through with enough tips, I’ll come through with the publishing. So far, the ball’s in their court so I can put this off. Whew.
  • Figure out a better marketing plan for my core stable of books on teaching technology to grades K-8. I sell 80% of my content through Amazon and I know from my MBA program it’s a very bad idea to put all of your eggs in one basket. I’ve tried to expand (I also sell them on Teachers Pay Teachers and Scribd), but those are a drop in the bucket compared to Amazon. I am now selling on Google ebooks, but the digital version of my textbooks doesn’t sell nearly as well as the hard copies, which probably has something to do with that I can’t figure out how to get them into epub format. I’d add the latter as a goal, but I’ve already spent far too much time on that exercise in futility.


  • Continue publishing 3-4 posts a week on my blogs, Ask a Tech Teacher, Ask a Tech Teacher Homeschool Edition, WordDreams and USNA or Bust. These are my passion, so they’re fun to write.
  • Continue with my columns for Technology in Education and Examiner (I write a thrice-weekly column as their examiner for technology and another on USNA). These are a different sort of writing and have become valuable to my overall expertise.
  • Decide what to do with Sizzle in Science. I started this blog out of my love for science, but when I run out of time (which is often), this one suffers. I should make a decision on its future rather than let it languish. That’s my bias for action. I hate inactivity.
  • Find guest bloggers for my blogs. I’ve reached out a bit, but not enough. My readers would benefit from other opinions.
  • Be a guest blogger for others. On that note–anyone interested?

That’s enough. There will be more as the year progresses, but this’ll get me started.

What are yours? Maybe I can learn from you.


8 thoughts on “2011, I Resolve…

    • Thanks, Bermudaonion (love that name). The only thing that will stop me is an agent offering me a wondrous contract for my action-thriller which I’ve almost finished. Other than that, I’m on it.


  1. Hi, Jacqui! Happy New Year!

    Resolutions/goals are something I’ve been writing down during the first week of January for about ten years now. The exercise really does help because, if the list is close by, refocusing becomes easier when my attention starts to drift or when I start spending too much time doing stuff that’s not on the list.

    Last January I was in the same position with Separation of Faith and the Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest as you are with your techno thriller. I was tempted to enter the manuscript as it was at that point, but I’m really glad I didn’t because it was far away from being ready. Waiting another year was very painful but worth it.

    I don’t know how you’re keeping up with all the projects you have on your plate. I’m working on two and I’m befuddled. You’re my hero! And I know you’ll get everything prioritized.

    Talk to you soon –Cheri


    • How’d you do completing your resolutions? Did you get everything done you planned? Probably more, considering what I know you’ve accomplished this year. Here’s to a wonderful 2011!


  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’d be happy to help you with your geek. Send me an email.

    Sounds like you have your work cut out for you. I wish you all the success you rightly deserve. “how not to hate your computer” sounds hilarious.


    • Thanks, Anna. I’d be more than happy if I could write all day. So much gets in the way. Tonight’s sad because my two week break from teaching is over. It’s back to school tomorrow. I’ll have to squeeze my writing in where I can.

      Thanks for dropping by, Anna.


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