2014

Fireworks

Here’s the list of my 2014 New Year’s resolutions, inspired by my 2014 resolution post. Check this page throughout the year, as I’ll be crossing off my goals as I accomplish them. You can also see an archive of past resolutions in the dropdown menu.

Reading Goals

1. Read 5 classic books

A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
Dracula – Bram Stoker
East of Eden – John Steinbeck
Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
My Antonia – Willa Cather
Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Call of the Wild – Jack London
The Crucible – Arthur Miller
The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck
The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien (August 2014)
The Fellowship of the Ring – J. R. R. Tolkien
The Two Towers – J. R. R. Tolkien
The Return of the King – J. R. R. Tolkien
The Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
The Trial – Franz Kafka
Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Tubman
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

2. Read 5 books I already own

Ordinary Genius – Kim Addonizio
Eve and Adam – Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant
The Triangle Fire: A Brief History with Documents – Jo Ann E. Argersinger
Looking for the Gulf Motel – Richard Blanco
Slamming Open the Door – Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno
Notarikon – Catherine Bowman
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened – Allie Brosh
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers – Shane Claiborne
Boundaries – Henry Cloud and John Townsend
Vacations on the Black Star Line – Michael Cirelli
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
Blinking with Fists – Billy Corgan
Jesus Freaks, Volumes 1 and 2 – DC Talk
Great American Poets: Emily Dickinson – Emily Dickinson
50 American Plays – Matthew and Michael Dickman
The Art of Description: World Into Word – Mark Doty
Fire to Fire – Mark Doty
Alabanza – Martin Espada
Harlot – Jill Alexander Essbaum
Necropolis – Jill Alexander Essbaum
Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Eye of the Fish – Luis Francia
Dark Thirty – Santee Frazier
Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman
New World – Suzanne Gardinier
City Poet: The Life and Times of Frank O’Hara – Brad Gooch
The Place I Call Home – Maria Mazziotti Gillan
me and Nina – Monica Hand
Hip Logic – Terrance Hayes
The Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing – Richard Hugo
Teaching Poetry Writing – Tom Hunley
Absence is Such a Transparent House – Aby Kaupang
The Temple Gate Called Beautiful – David Kirby
Still to Mow – Maxine Kumin
The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice to Writers – Betsy Lerner
Breaking the Alabaster Jar – Li-Young Lee
Passwords Primeval – Tony Leuzzi
Mere Christianity – C. S. Lewis
Surprised by Joy – C. S. Lewis
That Hideous Strength – C. S. Lewis
Poet in New York – Federico Garcia Lorca
New and Selected Poems – Thomas Lux
Gloryland – Anne Marie Macari
Ivory Cradle – Anne Marie Macari
Times Alone – Antonio Machado
Wild Domestic – Tamara Madison
What Learning Leaves – Taylor Mali
What Teachers Make – Taylor Mali
Song of Thieves – Shara McCallum
Panic – Laura McCullough
The Endarkenment – Jeffrey McDaniel
Pink Elephant – Rachel McKibbons
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years – Donald Miller
Searching for God Knows What – Donald Miller
The Tiny One – Eliza Minot
More Poetry Comics: Abuse the Muse! – Dave Morice
Western Practice – Stephen Motika
The Essential Neruda – Pablo Neruda
Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair – Pablo Neruda
Lucky Fish – Aimee Nezhukumatathil
Evidence – Mary Oliver
Pier – Janine Oshiro
Dancing at the Devil’s Party – Alicia Ostriker
Volcano Sequence – Alicia Ostriker
Viral – Suzanne Parker
Convergences – Octavio Paz
Sudden Dog – Matthew Pennock
Boy – Patrick Phillips
100 Poems by 100 Poets – Harold Pinter
Ariel – Sylvia Plath
The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers – Bhanu Kapil Rider
Capirotada – Alberto Rios
Open Secret – Rumi
With or Without You – Domenica Ruta
Shadow Society – Marie Rutkoski
Barter – Ira Sadoff
Grazing – Ira Sadoff
Year of the Black Rainbow – Claudio Sanchez
Striking Surface – Jason Schneiderman
Hurdy Gurdy – Tim Seibles
Measure for Measure – William Shakespeare
Twelfth Night – William Shakespeare
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
Passion and Pride: Poets in Support of Equality – Bruce Spang
Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus – Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg
How Good is Good Enough? – Andy Stanley
American Sonnets – Gerald Stern
Early Collected Poems – Gerald Stern
Save the Last Dance – Gerald Stern
Stealing History – Gerald Stern
Dracula – Bram Stoker
View with a Grain of Sand – Wislawa Szymborska
Phantom Limb – Brian Turner
The Girl Who Feel Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There – Catherynne Valente
Door in the Mountain – Jean Valentine
The Water Books – Judith Vollmer
17 Love Poems with No Despair – B. J. Ward
Jackleg Opera – B. J. Ward
Gospel Night – Michael Waters
This Sharpening – Ellen Doré Watson
Triangle – Katharine Weber
Painting the Christmas Trees – Joe Weil
The Plumber’s Apprentice – Joe Weil
Tortured for Christ – Richard Wurmbrand

3. Read 10 books on my Goodreads “To Read” list (September 2014)

  1. Damn You, Autocorrect! – Jillian Madison (January 2014)
  2. Cinder – Marissa Meyer (January 2014)
  3. The Snow Child – Eowyn Ivey (June 2014)
  4. World War Z – Max Brooks (July 2014)
  5. The Book of Blood and Shadow – Robin Wasserman (July 2014)
  6. Tiger Lily – Jodi Lynn Anderson (July 2014)
  7. The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien (August 2014)
  8. The Impossible Knife of Memory – Laurie Halse Anderson (August 2014)
  9. Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert (August 2014)
  10. The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion (September 2014)
  11. Horns – Joe Hill (September 2014)
  12. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot (October 2014)
  13. The Giver – Lois Lowry (October 2014)
  14. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – JK Rowling (October 2014)
  15. The Gigantic Beard that was Evil – Stephen Collins (November 2014)
  16. The Art of Asking – Amanda Palmer (November 2014)
  17. Unsouled – Neal Shusterman (November 2014)
  18. The Golem and the Jinni – Helene Wecker (November 2014)
  19. American Gods – Neil Gaiman (December 2014)
  20. Night Broken – Patricia Briggs (December 2014)

4. Read and review the ARCs (both digital and hard copy) that I’ve received in the past two years

Eve and Adam – Michael Grand and Katherine Applegate
Zealot – Reza Aslan
Trying to Be Cool – Leo Braudy
The Diviners – Libba Bray
Back to Christmas – Dennis Canfield
The Tragedy of Fidel Castro – Joao Cerqueira
Dukkha, the Suffering: An Eye for an Eye – Loren Christensen
Empty Mansions – Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.
Matters Familiar – E. G. Frabricant
Love & Math – Edward Frenkel
After Visiting Friends – Michael Hainey
Hunted – Elizabeth Heiter
The Psychology of Twilight – (Eds.) E. David Klonsky, Alexis Black, and Leah Wilson
The Devil You Know – K. H. Koehler
Defy – Sara B. Larson
I Love My Slow Cooker – Beverly leBlanc
Sugar Hill: Where the Sun Rose Over Harlem – Terry Baker Mulligan
Doing Harm – Kelly Parsons
Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey – (Ed.) Lori Perkins
The Last Stratiote – LeAnn Neal Reilly
Lost at Sea – Jon Ronson
With or Without You – Domenica Ruta
The Shadow Society – Marie Rutkoski
A Conspiracy of Alchemists – Liesel Schwarz
Love Water Memory – Jennie Shortridge
Hokey Pokey – Jerry Spinelli
Son of a Gun – Justin St. Germain
Growing in Wisdom and Love: Tibetan Buddhist Sources for Christian Meditation – Susan Stabile
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There – Catherynne M. Valente
You Got to be Kidding! – Joe Wenke

5. Read the four Gospels

Matthew
Mark
Luke
John

Creative/Lifestyle Goals

6. Send chapbook out to at least five different contests (May 2014)

7. Spruce up my full-length poetry manuscript to send out to at least two fall book contests

8. Acquire a full-time teaching gig

9. Work on a piece of art every other week

10. Blog at least twice a week

11. Pay off one of my two major credit cards

3 thoughts on “2014

  1. Pingback: 2014 Resolutions Update | Roaring Out

  2. Pingback: New Year’s Resolutions 2014 – An Update | Roaring Out

  3. Pingback: Have You Found What You’re Looking For? | Roaring Out

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s