Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Let Your Dreams Help Others!

or, Happy Heifer Holidays!

In the spirit of the season (with special thanks to literary agent extraordinaire Nathan Bransford for the great idea), I'd love to hear your goals for 2010 while helping someone out at the same time. So -- please post three things below.

1.) Your name.
2.) Where you are writing from.
3.) What your goals for 2010 include. (If you're a writer, be bold and state your writing dreams. If not: be bold anyway! Dream big!)

I'll donate $1.00 to Heifer International (one of my favorite charities) for each of the first 100 comments that get posted before 12:00 p.m. EST tomorrow -- Dec. 24.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all!

(12 / 24 / 09 9:00 a.m. EST Addendum:

For reasons that are not entirely clear to me, Blogger won't let me post a comment. I have wrestled with the beast, but it has gotten the better of me -- so in the interest of getting my house ready for Christmas tomorrow, I will do this workaround.

I simply want to thank all who have posted comments. Here's hoping that you find a way to make reality of all your dreams this next year. You're off to a great start. By posting below, your writing has already had a direct, positive impact on someone else's life. It doesn't get much better than that!

Thanks again!



Nathan Bransford said...

Hooray! Very very exciting!!

1. Nathan Bransford
2. San Francisco, CA
3. Making my clients' dreams happen

Just Another Sarah said...

THis is exciting! I'm excited to comment! What sweet people you all are to do this!

Anna said...

Denver, CO
I'll know my goals for 2010 by the 31st :)

kathrynjankowski said...

Here's a comment to get you started. I'm pledging, too, so you can help even more by commenting on my blog. Thanks.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

1) Susan Quinn
2) Chicago-land area
3) Ok, you asked for it: Writing Dreams! I hope to get representation/book deal for MS#1 that I will start shopping in the New Year, and polish MS#2 well enough to start shopping it before the end of 2010. Go, me!

I'm participating in Nathan's drive as well, over at my blog Ink Spells.

RedHeadedQuilter said...

Well since I pointed you to Nathan's blog today I suppose I should make a comment. ;)

I'm Kelly Smith, writing from my living room. (Which is in Michigan).

My writing goals for 2010 include completing the first draft of my NaNo novel and my historical novel, beginning to edit my historical novel, and trying to write at least 2000 words per week. (I'm hoping for more but you know how these things go!)

If I get all that done before October as planned, I'll also try to outline a new NaNo novel.

Unknown said...

Regan Leigh
To improve my writing a great deal! :)

I'm also participating! Visit to leave a comment for charity. :)

Margaret DeAngelis said...

1)Margaret DeAngelis
2) Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
3) I will have a solid second draft of the movel I am working on by the middle of the summer and have a new manuscript to take with me to a residency in Vermont in Octiber.

Anonymous said...

1) Amanda
2) Georgia
3) Writing Goals...hmm...finish and be ready to query in the next 6 months! Lofty, but I think if I put my mind to it, I can get it done.

Unknown said...


1) Alison
2) Sunny San Francisco
3) To finally, finally, finally get a good clean draft of my WIP.

Mags said...

Hi, Ami!

I'm Mags. This is a comment.

1) Maggie Lyons
2) Boston
3) My first book goes out on submission the first of the year, so I'm just going to sit tight on my goals for now so as not to jinx anything, and wish you a very, very nice 2010 instead.

Happy holidays!


wendy said...

Hello! Great to visit your blog, Ami.
I'm Wendy from the land of Aus. My writing goals are to finish work once and for all on my stories, taking them to a level where they bring joy and inspiration.

JFBookman said...

Hi Ami!

I'm Joel Friedlander,
from San Rafael, California,
and I hope you achieve your dream in 2010.

Happy holidays

Anonymous said...

1) Madeleine Rex
3) The US
4) I want to finish my book! (Of course, I have other ridiculously wonderful dreams for said book, but I don't want to get my hopes up!)

I wish I could do what you guys are doing. Why can't my allowance be one hundred dollars larger in December? Why?

Merry Christmas!

vic caswell said...

To write better than I did this year.

Anonymous said...

Jason Lassen from Los Angeles.
Not only am I an actor but also a writer. I'm dreaming big and hope to get my book published as well as get it made into a TV show or Film. If you're not shooting for the stars why shoot at all?
Happy Holidays!

Meghan Ward said...

1) Meghan Ward
2) Berkeley, CA
3) To get my book published!

KD Sarge said...

1. KD
2. Tucson
3. To land the Dream Agent that Got Away (or someone even better!)

Thanks for doing this!

Joyful Alternative said...

1. Joyful Alternative
2. Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
3. Goals? I'm not a writer, which is why I didn't respond earlier, Ami, and I'm awfully happy just the way things are. I'll light some candles to brighten some people's paths next year, and I'll get a head start by going to all the blogs listed above as also participating.

Meghan Ward said...

1)Meghan Ward
2)Berkeley, CA
3)Getting my book published and contributing lots of money to Heifer International!

Jacqui said...

1. Jacqui
2. Utah, originally from AZ
3. Finish my first YA novel and make it so amazing I'll get oodles of requests for fulls.

Merry Christmas and THANKS for doing this!

Unknown said...

1) Lisa Cofield
2) Delaplane, VA
3) Spend more time working with my animal rescue projects and be one year closer to my goal of doing animal rescue/rehab as my full time job!

Ami, what a wonderful idea and thank you so much for all you do for all the fur babies in your area... and most especially the joy and knowledge you are sharing with Sarah!

Anne Michaud said...

1. Anne Michaud
2. Long Island, NY
3. My dream for 2010 is to figure out a more ground-breaking approach to my non-fiction book subject and find an agent.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for doing this!

1. Anica Lewis
2. Farmville, Virginia
3. 2010 would be a great time for me to get an agent. *Checks calendar* Yep, that would work for me.

Happy holidays!