This is going to be a good year

I can just feel it. I'm really going to like 2011. I've got some big goals that I hope to accomplish this year (you could call them resolutions if you want), but before I do that, let's take a look at the goals I set up for the last month of 2010.

-Finalize some stuff for my freelance biz...official things | Yep.
-Finish the first draft of my novel! | YES! I wrote a book, very exciting. Now I am editing a book.
-Do some art for Melanie Fillmore. I owe her. | Yep, and she liked it
-Get the car Brooke's brother gave us registered in NC | Yes, despite the NC DMV doing what it could to deter us...I hate the DMV
-Work on my picture book | Did a little bit of this
-Enjoy the holidays! | Oh yeah. Tons of food, fun with family, video games.

As for the 2010 goals, I discussed those in the December goals blog. I ended up achieving all of those except for running three half marathons--I only ran two.

Here are my 2011 goals, or New Year's Resolutions:

-Get an agent (I have to finish editing first)
-Sell my book
-Run two half marathons and PR on them both
-Buy a house (almost did in 2010, but we had to call the house search off)
-Top secret resolution I can't put on my public blog...
-Continue to develop and improve my art (maybe even take a new class at

I know the first two are ambitious, but I think it's possible. After more than 200 pages I'm still in love with my book and the characters I created. I really think it's a fun read and I hope I can get an agent and sell it so others can enjoy it too (besides my wife, brother, and critique group).

Finally, I've got my goals for January.

-Work stuff (can't talk much about this now, but I've got some things I'd like to see happen)
-Start training for the Corporate Cup Half Marathon in early March
-Don't forget to sign up for the Cooper River Bridge Run
-Finish the first round of revisions on my book
-Finish another painting

I feel like this month is going to fly by, so I'll cap the January goals there. Oh yeah, the painting up top is something I did the other week. I wanted to hang it on the wall in our living room, but after I got it up there I realized the blues didn't match with the dark grayish blue of our wall--it was only my second real attempt at painting, so I'm not so great at color matching yet. So I offered it to my family members (our last name is Light...we have a thing for Lighthouses...I know) and my older brother took it. I started a new one with a different layout and better colors, but I got frustrated and haven't gone back to it yet. I had a lot of fun painting the first one though. Between that and filling up the sketchbooks I got for Christmas I've had a blast working on non-digital art for a change.