Hello 2020!

The last six months of 2019 flew by for me, and in the whirlwind of it all, the time past and this space stayed empty. But now it’s 2020!

As always, there’s the talk of fresh beginnings, resolutions, and new goals. I love this time of year because it lets me pause and re-orient where I want to go, and it helps me to step back from my routines, both good and bad and adjust for new paths. So today, that’s what I’ll do.

But first, let’s briefly look back at 2019 and the things I had hoped to accomplish.

In an air of confidence I wrote that setting good resolutions is about setting tangible goals that can be broken down into smaller pieces. Which is true, of course, but what young, 2019-Chiante didn’t take into account is that making small tangible goals doesn’t actually mean things get done. Goal-setting is only the first step. To reach those goals? Well, that takes time, dedication, and work. Attributes that I did not move toward in 2019.

In 2019, I wanted to:
1.Submit my MG novel to agents/publishers (did not do that)
2.Read 19 books (I read 20 books, but only 7 from my list)
3.Finish two first drafts (I wrote only 1 draft and I didn’t complete it)
4.Keep a writer’s journal (ha. Nope.)

So as you can see, I did not succeed with my resolutions in 2019.
And to be honest, 2020 does not look a lot better in terms of time I will be able to dedicate to writing and reading outside of what I will be doing for class. That being said, I do have a few goals, though they might be a bit more simplistic than last years, but maybe that’s what I need, and maybe that’s okay.

Goals for 2020:

  1. Edit my MG novel
    This is the book I want to enter the publishing world with. And so I want to spend the year revising, rewriting, reworking, and rebuilding this book. I love the story and I want to see it at its greatest potential.
  2. Read some books
    I have a ton of reading to do for my classes this next semester. I’m in a YA and Children’s Literature class this semester so I’m excited to be reading a ton in those categories. I’d also like to keep working through the list I created in 2019. I have mentioned previously that I am a person who reads many books at once. I’d like to finish all the books I started in 2019 including Don Quixote, The Wise Man’s Fear, Railhead, The Assassin’s Blade, Anne of Green Gables, and The Queen of Attolia.

And, that’s it. Two goals. Simple enough. And I’m excited for that. My life always seems so busy and full, so I’m excited to try and tackle a little bit less, with a little bit more intentionality this year.

And that brings us to this space. What about this blog?
That’s a bit more tricky it seems, and I’m a bit hesitant to say I will or will not be posting. I would love to be posting here regularly, but time will tell how possible or not possible that ends up being.

And that has been a short look back to 2019 and forward to 2020. What writing and reading goals do you have for this year?

2 thoughts on “Hello 2020!

  1. Sometimes our ambitions are bigger than our actual abilities to complete. Hey, that’s totally okay. I see you downsized a little for the new year. I wish you well in these endeavours.

    I read maybe 10-12 children’s classics last year (some I’d read as a girl and some I’d never read but really enjoyed as an adult), so I’d be most interested to see what’s on your YA and Children’s Literature class reading list.

    Happy New Year!


    1. Thanks for reading! I love returning to books I read as a child.
      The YA and Kid Lit class is subtitled Fantastical and Futuristic Worlds and we are reading The Hobbit, The Silver Chair, Maurice and His Educated Rodents, A Wrinkle in Time, The Thief, Ender’s Game, The Reader, Steeplejack, Railhead, and Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant! I’ve read a couple of them previously, heard of a few others, and never heard of the rest. So it seems like a good mix!


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