“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:  when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens (Great Expectations)

photo of hand-painted March calendarI love beginnings, change, transitions, especially when the calendar rolls over to a new, fresh, clean month. Or, in the case of our calendar, which was a wedding gift over 20 years ago from a dear uncle, when my husband changes the painted wood tiles.

My overall goals for 2011 are still a work in progress, month by month. So far I’ve committed to posting on this blog every day, submitting a new short story every month (January: ☑ , February: will be a ☑ by the end of this week), and writing morning pages for 20 minutes each day before going online. My K.I.S.S. plan for February went well.

For March, I want to turn my attention to reading. It has taken me literally months to get through The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, so long that I had to renew the book twice from the library, then return it and get it again. I am enjoying the book. That’s not the problem. The problem is that I don’t deliberately set aside time for reading, so while I read quite a bit here and there, it’s in the form of miscellaneous chapters and excerpts.

I’m thinking that I’ll set one of three March goals:

  1. Read one book per week.
  2. Read one fiction book per week.
  3. Read one fiction and one non-fiction book per week.

1, 2, or 3? It depends on how comfortable I am with setting a goal I might not be able to reach. I know for a fact I can accomplish #1 and most probably #2. The third is what I most want to accomplish, however, so I’m going with that one, even if I fall a little short. After all, I won’t submit my February short story until a couple of days into March, but I can live with that (progress, not perfection).

I’ll post the books I’m reading on the right-hand side of the blog page for accountability. (And I won’t count Hornet’s Nest once I’ve finished. 🙂 )

What are your plans or hopes for March?