Wednesday, January 6, 2010

New Years Resolutions Resolved

OK, it's the moment you've all been waiting for...or not. But either way here are how the resolutions match up.

1. Learn to Vlog - Lisa

Ok, so I currently sort of suck at vlogging and I want to get good at it. Really good. Like Daisy Whitney/Jackson Pearce good. And that's going to take practice and you my dear readers are going to have to be subjected to lots and lots of it. I apologize in advance.

2. Become a better beta reader - Laura

I've beta read a few manuscripts and I find myself line editing as opposed to pushing myself to find ways to make a manuscript even stronger. We've met some beta reading ninjas since we began writing and I would LOVE to learn how to critique well. Funny how back in my middle school teaching days I had no problem ripping *!?@ up grading, but when it comes to my peers, I fall apart.

3. Learn Twitter - Laura

It's like a foreign language. I've tried to tweet (?) and failed to link properly and I have no idea what a hashtag is or why there is a number sign in front of it. It basically makes my head spin, but I vow to try. Lisa should be able to help me navigate the twittosphere (does that word work here?)--she just taught me how to strike through text on Blogger. Have you noticed? While I'm not sure anyone would want to know how I waste spend my day, you are all about to find out. Get excited.

4. Meet writer friends in person - LiLa

We LOVE you guys and now we want to stalk meet you in person. It's only natural.

5. Get 1,000 blog followers - LiLa

Oh yeah, go big or go home in 2010 people. We're already busy thinking of ways we can increase our foot soldiers loyal subjects network. Stay tuned.

6. Try to be less judgy/bossy/impatient - Lisa

Was there ever any doubt who this one belonged to? I'm not sure I'll make any headway on improving my three biggest faults, but I'll try. Well, at least a little.

7. Learn how to say no - Lisa

I can't remember the last time I said "no" to anyone. I just can't make the word come out of my mouth. How else do you think I ended up as room mom for the past two years running?

8. Write two books this year - LiLa

Oh yeah. Two books. We can totally do it. At least we think we can...

9. Come up with an idea first - Laura

It is no secret that Lisa is the big idea whore. We keep a folder in our email account called "Idea Whore" and there are a few underdeveloped baby ideas of mine in there, but the majority are Lisa's. They consist of at least five paragraphs outlining her next big idea. I stand by the fact that Lisa's days are longer than everyone else's. How else could she watch just about every show on TV, write and contribute almost every day to our "Idea Whore" file all at the same time? Yeah, I thought so.

10. Do a public speaking engagement - LiLa

As we've learned from the many benevolent dictators who have come before us, exemplary public speaking skills are mandatory in order to achieve world domination. So...we're going to do everything we can to get comfortable speaking in front of crowds, including teaching a local community course about writing and publishing. That's right. It's world domination one community at a time. Watch out.

Now, before we announce our winners I thought you might be interested to see how some of our close friends and family did on this little pop quiz:

  • The Regulator (AKA our Mom) scored a whopping 6 points. A result of not knowing her daughters very well or a prolonged senior moment? You decide.
  • Tara (real life bestie) scored a respectable 7 points. Not bad T!
  • Stacey (sister and Poochie Prints proprietor) opted out completely. Shocker.
As for the winners there were four loyal blog followers with a score of 8 points. Very impressive! But there can only be one winner and thanks to the Interactive Fruit Machine it's...


Congrats Kat! Please send us your address to claim your fabulous (and slightly random) regifted prize package!

40 comments:

Kimberly Franklin said...

Those are all such great (and hilarious) resolutions. Good luck and I hope you complete them all this year! : )

Keri Mikulski said...

Great list!! :) Good luck. :)

Nisa said...

That is awesome and oh so fun! Congrats, Kat!

Kerri C at CK Farm said...

Go Kat!!!
Good luck with your list gals!

Corey Schwartz said...

What terrific resolutions. And how did I miss another contest??? I need to go write some swear words on Facebook in the hopes of getting permanently booted from their site.

Kim said...

Well, I crashed and burned on that exam. Thanks a lot, ladies. Now I'm sure to be haunted by that serial "didn't graduate from college dream" for the next few months.

Congratulations, Kat! I hope you look good in head-to-toe turd brown. :)

Hardygirl said...

Learning to say "no" is a BIG one on my 2010 list. I've already deleted a desperate plea from the nicest person in the world to help at my kids school for three hours tomorrow. Guilt, guilt, guilt. But, I've gotta take a hard line or I won't finish anything.

Can't wait for the VLOGS--and hearing that accent again (ha!! Katie and I still think y'all or "you guys" as you say up north have a huge accent!!)

Happy New Year!!
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Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Woohoo!!! That was funny! It's great to get to know y'all better!

Simon C. Larter said...

Well, I'm glad I didn't win, 'cause that nail polish color would totally have clashed with my lip liner. 'Course, since I didn't enter, I dramatically increased my chances of not winning. My plan apparently worked.

Is there going to be a webcast of the public-speaking community class thingy? Could you make it a musical?

Ohhh, you put the plot in the novel and you shake it all up...

(Or something.)

Christina Lee said...

I want to know my score-dammit! I just know I was runner-up (with 8) :-) Seriously though, are you guys really going to teach a local course (when and where)? Because you know I'll stalk you and keep you after class asking way too many questions...Oh and my odds of meeting you in person (and helping you with #4) are great since I live in your hood!!

Emily J. Griffin said...

The Regulator's failure makes me feel much better about mine.

Way to go, Kat!

I would love to piggy back on the dream to meet more writer friends in person, because so far I've never actually met any. So sad.

And secondly, though it may take a few adult beverages to loosen me up, I would love to start vlog. I bought a laptop with a webcam and have still yet to use the thing. There was, however, the one awesomely embarrassing but for of B.A. book trailer I made in my days as a teacher. All of the young, cool teacher bound together for Teen Read Week and took at stab at A Great And Terrible Beauty. Thank God, I never went into acting.

Let's make it happen this year, Ladies!

WV: "undeds"... spelling challenged zombies?

Solvang Sherrie said...

Great resolutions! You guys are going to have an amazing year :)

Kristi said...

Laura - I hear ya on the Twitter thing. One of my blog Sisters tried to explain hashtags to me and, well, yeah. So one of these years I'll get to Twitterworld -- unless it's over by then :)

T. Anne said...

Boy that's enough resolutions to cover the decade. Good luck to both of you!

confused homemaker said...

I think those are great resolutions. I've you do a public event you'll have tweet it :)

And I've also tagged you lovely ladies:
http://theconfusedhomemaker.com/2010/01/06/tagging-me-in-seven/

Valerie Geary said...

I'm a little scared about #4... wait... is that...? Are you standing outside my window right now?? Eeek! But seriously. If you start stalking me I'll call the police. :)

Donna Gambale said...

Very nice, ladies. I'm all for the 1,000 followers goal -- the Story Siren gained over 800 followers in one year, we can too! And I'm aiming to break my vlog silence in 2010. You should seriously hear the Philly accent. And last but not least, I would LOVE to meet you ladies! You should do an east coast tour and stop on over!

Lisa Marie said...

I love knowing who desires what! I think a lot are really "doable" resolutions too:)
good luck ladies

Dara said...

Awesome list! And reading your explanations were entertaining as always. I'm so glad I found your blog a few months ago; it always puts a smile on my face :)

Carolyn V. said...

Okay, I really need to learn to twitter too. I've been on for only a short while, but hey, you gotta start somewhere! crazy twitter *mumbling under breath*

Wym said...

F-ing don't get the ol' Twitter either!

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

Come to Philly!!!! And super yay for more vlogging and twitter. I will help you with the #hashtags:-)

Ian said...

I am predicting 1,000 followers by 5/1/2010. You heard it here first.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Awesome! I did much better than I thought. Congrats, Kat! :-)

ElanaJ said...

I can't remember if I got anything right. But congrats Kat!

Mariah Irvin said...

Yay for public speaking!

Congrats Kat!

Sarah said...

Congrats Kat!

Great resolutions, you guys. Can't wait to see these fabulous "practice" vlogs.

Patti said...

Good luck wiht your goals and I don't really like twitter. I feel like i"m eavesdropping on people's conversatins. It's unnerving.

Christine said...

That's hilarious--I love numbers 6 and 7! I need to add those to my resolutions list too. Hmmm...do all oldest children have these issues?

Stephanie Thornton said...

Twitter is a foreign language to me too! It's on my to-do list, but pretty close to the bottom.

Shannon Messenger said...

Wow--I love that four total strangers guessed better than your family--that is AWESOME! Keep up the world denomination plans--they're awesome. (Oh and Laura? If you need Twitter Tips I'm happy to help. Sadly I tweeted over 4000 times in the last 6 months. Hm. Maybe THAT'S why my editing isn't done...)

Melissa said...

haha great resolutions! I want to FIND better beta readers this year haha I'm brutally honest when I'm actually the beta :)

Rebecca Knight said...

GO KAT!! :D

Eek, I'm so excited about the vlogging. Maybe I should be brave and try that as well :). I just. don't. know.

Good luck on the boundaries, too! I've been working on the "no," and am much happier for it.

JennyMac said...

If you learn how to be less impatient, please sell that secret.

And Twitter...ugh..I dont know whether to love or despise it.

Jemi Fraser said...

Well, I got a few of them right :) Congrats to Kat!

Kat O'Keeffe said...

Woo hoo! How awesome is that? Thanks ladies! I'm sending you an email now...

Tamika: said...

You ladies know how to have a good time! What an ingenious way to fun with resolutions instead of agonizing over looming change.

Congratulations Kat!

ali said...

A world dominated by LiLa? Is Laura twittering not enough? Well, I suppose it's okay as long as there is an opportunity to be in your personal guard or something. From there I should be perfectly poised to stab you in the backs, I mean watch your backs.

*shifty eyes*

And, I have to say. I really have no idea what vlogging is. I've so far managed to avoid it like hte plague.

Erica said...

Congrats Kat! And good luck with the resolutions ladies :o)

Theresa Milstein said...

#3. I'm scared to tweet, and hoping the phenomenon will just go away. It's not going to, is it? The other day, I saw that someone had tweeted my post, and I wondered where it went.

I'm hoping for 100 followers by year's end. Good luck with your 1000 - you're on your way!