My 2017 New Year’s Resolutions

champagneWelcome back to another episode of “Kate’s ambition and optimism give her temporary insanity and delusions of invincibility.” With my first full year as a published author tucked away in the history books, I’m ready to push forward into 2017. The first step? Announcing my New Year’s Resolutions.

As I’ve said in years past, I love planning, organizing, and dreaming BIG. So, crafting my annual resolutions is one of my favorite things. In my 2016 Year-End Reflection, I talked about my theme for this year (Growth) and my 2017 motto: Always Be Creating. You’ll see both reflected here.

Why so many resolutions? Longtime readers will know that my husband and I have a masochistic FUN tradition of making one resolution for every year we’ve been alive. I’ve added in personalized difficulty levels, based on the likelihood that I’ll hit each goal.

E – Easy
C – Challenging
DD – Damn Difficult
LOL – Yeah … probably not happening

You might wonder why I include ‘LOL’ goals at all. Well, I’m a “shoot for the stars and still hit the moon” type of person. I know I might not have the time, money, and strength to accomplish all of my resolutions. But if I try for all and only make half, I’m still miles beyond where I started.

Without further ado, here are my 2017 New Year’s resolutions:

Writing & Publishing

1. Create (write, edit, outline, or research) 5 days a week (DD)
2. Write Desertera #3 (E)
3. Publish Desertera #3 (C)
4. Write Desertera #4 (DD)
5. Write separate fiction book (LOL)
6. Publish a second fiction book (LOL)
7. Write nonfiction book (DD)
8. Publish nonfiction book (LOL)


9. Make $2,000 from Boxthorn Press (DD)
10. Create freebie for Writing Newsletter subscribers (E)
11. Create freebie for Reader List subscribers (DD)
12. Blog 2x per week (C)
13. Maintain social media schedule (DD)
14. Diversify existing products (audiobooks, box sets, etc.) (DD)
15. Do one marketing/promotion task per month (C)
16. Read 52 books (E)


17. Work on positivity (DD)
18. Exercise 3x per week (LOL)
19. Break a bad habit (DD)
20. Recoup savings account post-Yale (DD)
21. Make post-Yale plan (E)
22. Visit final NYC sites (E)
23. Visit new state (E)
24. Visit new country (DD)

As you can see, I have a lot to do this year! I’ll let you know how it goes with my monthly updates.

Share your resolutions in the comments so that I can cheer you on, too! Or, if you need a little help crafting your goals, check out this post on making attainable New Year’s resolutions. Just remember: do as I say, not as I do!


Kate M. Colby is an author of science fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction. When she is not writing or working, Kate enjoys playing video games, antiquing, and wine tasting. She lives in the United States with her husband and furry children.

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19 comments on “My 2017 New Year’s Resolutions
  1. shaunkellett says:

    Some great goals here! And I love your method of categorizing them, haha. I have quite a few LOLs myself, but I like to dream as well. I think as long as you aim for something, anything you do towards it (even the smallest of steps) makes a big impact. Hope 2017 will be a productive one for you 🙂

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  2. Good luck Kate! My priority is to finish my master degree and find a job/intership were I can earn a couple bucks.

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  3. tpolen says:

    You’re definitely ambitious, Kate! I hope to get my second book finished this year.

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  4. Whitney says:

    I like the mix of goals you got going on! I’ve yet to create an “official” list, mainly because I know it’ll get really long and ambitious, too! Good luck with your goals–mainly because I want to read more of the Desertera series. 😀

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  5. mirymom says:

    I enjoy the rating system 🙂 I’m similarly overambitious, but like they say, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

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  6. Should be another good year for you. A few of my resolutions are dependent on external factors, but I’m also planning to edit one of my existing novels, complete a non-fiction project, increase the factual content of my blog, try making some YouTube videos of my own after taking part in podcasts last year, and improve my diet and exercise habits.

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