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The Fabulous Adventures of Astera: Writer/Actress for Hire

Meet Astera (aka: me), a star in her own mind. Our plucky little heroine has embarked on not one but two difficult, low-paying career paths: writing and acting. Witness the menial jobs! The unreasonable demands! The quirky friends and family! And the glimmer of success just ahead! Through it all, Astera maintains her core beliefs: 1) She is destined to be fabulous 2) Everything is more fun with a cocktail.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Resolutions, 2009 Edition

As I look back over my list of resolutions from January 2008, I realize that I didn't do too badly. Let's review, shall we?

2008 Resolutions

1. Find a more fulfilling career, or at least one that does not cause me to curse the very daylight at the start of each new workday. Well, I've only been at my new job for a few weeks, but so far, I am much, much happier than I ever was at Indymac Bank.

2. Finish my novel (sooner, rather than later). Accomplished!

3. Find an agent and a publisher for said novel. In progress...I hope. Still no word back from the agent to whom I submitted my work in October. Time for a new round of submissions!

4. Travel the country (the world?) promoting my novel. Will have to wait until novel gets published.

5. Sell the film rights to my novel. See above.

6. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Eh...I did okay at this, especially if we count mashed potatoes!

7. Take up a new physical activity...perhaps ballroom dancing, even if Mr. Pink won't do it with me. Accomplished! I thought I'd take up ballroom dancing, but who knew that I'd actually end up training in martial arts?

8. Pay off credit card debt and stick to a budget. I stuck to a budget, more or less, but credit card debt continues to bedevil me.

9. Be fabulous. Always!

So, here we are, January 1, 2009, and it's time for a new set of resolutions.

2009 Resolutions

1. Find an agent and a publisher for my novel. Maybe I'll get some bites at the writer's conference I plan to attend in February.

2. Put my promotional plan for said novel into place.

3. Sell film rights to the novel.

4. Stay active and healthy.

5. Pay off credit card debt. (For good this time!)

6. Enjoy life.

7. Work on a new addition to the Astera/Mr. Pink family. (No news yet...and no big hurry, either!)

8. Be fabulous.

So there you have it. Mr. Pink and I just ate our black-eyed peas to ensure luck for the upcoming year, and we're looking forward to seeing what the future brings!