Friday, December 31, 2010

Mulligan Day

Here we are on the last day of 2010. I can't complain about the past 12 months. After all, I have had far worse years, but looking back upon the last 365 days there were not a lot of highlights or spectacular moments.

Here are the ones that come to mind ...

My beloved New Orleans Saints finally shed off decades of futility and claimed the big prize proving pigs really can fly.

Then there was the Milk Maid that hit upon me at Wal-Mart.

My wake-up call via Harper Lee.

And I did discover the cure for writer's block

I avoided the 7 deadly sins by embracing religion.

I learned that I am an important voice of Texas

And that Rick Perry and his staff are VERY bad researchers.

The year ended with my wife's one night stand.

Okay so maybe some good stuff did happen this year, but I can't really say much for the goals I had leading into 2010.

I am still an unagented, un-book-length published writer. There were a few writing successes. Another advance deep into Amazon's yearly contest, a nice paying gig writing football profiles, the completion of The Feedstore Chronicles, but my decade long goal of seeing a novel or full book length project published or the acquisition f an agent continued to elude me.

Once again, I head into 2011 with those goal's in mind.

Like a lot of people I have also made a resolution to shed a few pounds. About a week ago I stepped on tot he scales here at work and was greeted by a startling number -- 293. Being within a T-Bone and a twelve pack of Shiner of THREE HUNDRED pounds has be cutting back. No, that doesn't not mean I will be partaking of the green leafy Devil anytime soon. Or EVER.

Losing weight is a goal for 2011.

My reading slacked off last year and I partially blame that fact for my lowered productivity with my own writing. Reading a great book always prompts the urge to write within me.

My goal is to read 75 books in 2011.

Once upon a  time I did a good job of responding to the comments left on my blog and often the conversation there overshadowed the original post.

Getting back in that groove is a goal for 2011. 

I'll stick with those four. Managing them and spending quality time with my family will be tough enough.

May all of you have a great 2011 and thanks for spending part of you valuable time in 2010 stopping by to read and comment of my blog. I really do appreciate all of y'all.


Cloudia said...

Wishing YOU Aloha from Hawaii, Travis

Comfort Spiral


sybil law said...

Happy 2011, Travis!!

Laurel said...

Commendable goals! Good luck in 2011.

Laura K. Curtis said...

Happy New Year, Travis!

jjdebenedictis said...

Happy New Year!

*honks party squeaker*

Leah J. Utas said...

Happy New Year.

aliceinparis said...

Hi Travis! I hope that 2011 brings you the accomplishment of all those goals ....and then some:)

Diane Dooley said...

Good luck with the resolutions!

Old Kitty said...

It's four more than I'm making!! I just like to winging things and see where it takes me!! It most probably being the green leafy stuff! LOL!!

But seriously!! Have a brilliant and fantastic New Year! Good luck with these very doable resolutions!! Yes You Can!!!

Take care

G said...

Commendable goals indeed.

Here's wishing you and yours a very Happy New Years.

Lynn said...

I like that you write fiction for women, Travis. That's pretty cool and your goals sound great.

Happy New Year and thank you for visiting my blog!

Donna Weaver said...

I'm fairly new to your blog, Travis, but your story about the Wal-mart made my day! Your comments were freakin' hiliarious! Thanks for that and Happy New Year.

Charles Gramlich said...

I'd like to think I'm gonna write more. But right now I'm feeling pretty tired/

the walking man said...

Look to the present to realize your future and may your future come from your present abilities.

B.E. Sanderson said...

Happy New Year, Travis. Here's to hitting those goals and to 2011 being the year we get agents, get publishing contracts, or both. =o)

Barbara Martin said...

Happy New Year, Travis.

Each year brings new opportunitis and may you partake in them.

Kathryn Magendie said...

Happy New Year to you!

Texanne said...

Happy New Year, Travis. Things could have been worse. Rock on!

Barrie said...

Happy New Year, Travis! These are sound like good, reachable goals. ;)

lyzzydee said...

Happy New Year to you and yours Travis, 2011 may be the big one, fingers crossed!!!

Richmond Writer said...

Good luck on the weight loss. I've only ever lost weight when under tremendous stress. It always came back too. Oh and my security word is nomnom.

Melanie Hooyenga said...

Good luck with your goals Travis!

I don't do well with concrete resolutions, but I've seen so many reading ones that I'm considering a one book a month goal. Maybe two..