>The plan for 2010

>It’s a slightly shorter list this year, but I’m hoping that results in more ticks than last year. Here then are my goals, dreams and resolutions for the coming year, all in one place. Wish me luck.

2010 goals

  • at least 2 holidays away – I already have a writing weekend booked in February but I’m toying with a walking holiday in the summer
  • Christmas in Canada
  • secure a publisher for one of my novels

2010 dreams

  • get another publishing contract
  • reduce debt (continue to see it coming down)

2010 resolutions


  • complete 1 novel
  • complete local history book, Voices from the Dearne Valley
  • write 12 short stories
  • write 12 full-length articles
  • write and submit 12 reader’s letters or fillers
  • NaNo
  • enter 4 writing competitions
  • get the freelance writing/WIP calendar going again
  • learn shorthand

day job

  • tidy office and work out an archive system for the old magazines and newsletters
  • write something for every issue
  • produce 4 magazines
  • assist with and produce 2 brochures
  • launch new website

health & fitness

  • lose the rest of that stone (8lb)
  • walk or exercise every week
  • get my cholesterol levels checked
  • arrange blood sugar test
  • get another broken tooth fixed
  • pluck up courage to see an optician – and hope eyesight hasn’t dropped to below the recommended level for driving …


  • keep weekly grocery bill to £40 or less
  • investigate the possibility of a slow cooker
  • boost my freelance journalism to boost my earning power
  • keep on top of budget


  • get to the theatre/ballet at least 4 times
  • get to the cinema at least 4 times
  • a long-distance walk every month
  • continue to read a novel a month


  • fix guttering
  • repoint stonework
  • paint outside of house


  • start sewing again
  • make the most of RSPB membership

The website will be switched off on 4 January.

21 thoughts on “>The plan for 2010

  1. Katie 1 January 2010 / 9:43 am

    >Wow – long list! Best of luck 🙂


  2. Teresa Ashby 1 January 2010 / 10:10 am

    >That's a huge list, but if anyone can do it you can.I won a slow cooker 25 years ago – I never found out which competition it came from, it just arrived with the postie one day. It's looking a bit old fashioned now, but I wouldn't be without it.


  3. Diane 1 January 2010 / 11:27 am

    >It's a lot shorter than last year, Katie. But thanks. You joining us on Slimming Buddies this year? I re-sent the invite to your old email address but I can get any new one from Facebook now (thanks for adding me :o) ).


  4. Diane 1 January 2010 / 11:28 am

    >It's nice to know others have more faith in me than I do. :o)I got a free slow cooker years and years ago, I think it was as a result of signing up for a mail order catalogue. I never, ever used it, though, and sent it to a charity shop in the end. It can't have been a fancy one, probably just a basic one. But I'm not 100% sure I'd use one now anyway. I'm a casserole/saucepan gal, can't/won't even use a pressure cooker.


  5. Kate Hardy 1 January 2010 / 1:18 pm

    >Happy new year, and good luck with that list :o)


  6. Diane 1 January 2010 / 1:28 pm

    >Thanks, and the same to you. :o)


  7. Diane 1 January 2010 / 2:33 pm

    >Hope I get a few more ticks this year …


  8. Suzanne Jones 1 January 2010 / 4:46 pm

    >Goodness, you're going to be busy. All the best for the New Year – may your dreams come true.XX


  9. carolwarham 1 January 2010 / 4:58 pm

    >Happy New Year. A huge list as ever. It was noticable on last years list that it was the writing in particular that didn't get fulfilled. Good luck with it all, you have loads of folk wishing you well and spurring you on. YOU CAN DO IT!


  10. twiggypeasticks 1 January 2010 / 11:35 pm

    >That's a lot to go at, good luck and Happy New Year !!twiggy x


  11. Becky 2 January 2010 / 12:11 am

    >It's great to have clear goals to reach towards, and it is inspiring to see you so focussed and ready to take on these challenges.Happy New Year Diane, and all the best to you 🙂


  12. Lacey Devlin 2 January 2010 / 7:57 am

    >HAPPY NEW YEAR DIANE! How cute is that picture! First step's having a plan 😀 good luck!


  13. The villager: 2 January 2010 / 9:59 am

    >I am astounded and terrified by your comprehensive list, Diane !Good luck !!


  14. Caroline Storer 2 January 2010 / 10:24 pm

    >Wow what a list! Go for it!Being nosy here – but the writing course you are booked on in February – is it the writing course in Fishguard with Kate Walker? If it is I'll see you there! Take care. Caroline x


  15. Diane 4 January 2010 / 1:34 pm

    >Thank you, everyone. And a Happy New Year to all of you too.It is a big list, but it's not as big as last year's.


  16. Diane 4 January 2010 / 1:35 pm

    >Caroline: Hello and welcome. Yes, it is Fishguard, and I'm booked on the novel workshops too. But as I now have to pay for my guttering to be fixed, I may not be able to afford it until payment for the big job I just finished comes through.


  17. Lori 4 January 2010 / 1:47 pm

    >That's a lot of stuff, Diane! You're one dynamo of a planner!I like that you broke it down between plans and resolutions. I LOVE that you put the holidays at the top of your plans. Reward yourself and give yourself rest before expecting to complete anything. Amen!


  18. Diane 5 January 2010 / 10:00 am

    >I always say I can plan for England. :o)It's the bum glue I have the problem with …


  19. Jarmara Falconer 10 January 2010 / 8:00 am

    >Wow when did you have time to draw up a list like that as you sound like you are already a busy lady.Good luck


  20. Diane 10 January 2010 / 12:58 pm

    >Hello Jarmara and welcome. I think if we took a bit of time to write down what we do or what we have to do, all of our lists will be equally impressive, and then we can feel much better about ourselves. It is a big list, though, but it is smaller than last year.


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