Writing Resolutions

My critique group meets this Friday. We’ve set a tradition of putting down our writing resolutions at the first meeting each year. We will also review last year’s resolutions to see what we accomplished and where we fell short. I’m sorry to say I fell so short I’m now walking in a ditch. I didn’t achieve a single goal from my stated intentions. Not to make any of my resolutions is a major mea culpa. So where did I go wrong? Did I set my goals too high? My first resolution was to sign a contract with a major publisher for PowerForce. I had just signed with a new agent in December, so while I knew that was a high goal, I felt PowerForce was a very commercial product and the possibility was there. What I didn’t anticipate was my agent retiring after 7 months. Pregnancy lasts longer. In hindsight I think she took on my book because she thought she could sell it fast and when it didn’t sell in 3 months, she took a trip to Africa, then moved, then retired. I don’t think I got a fair deal so I get to say, “Not my fault,” on my first resolution. My second resolution was to write a new book, probably the third in the PowerForce series. I had some wonderful rejection letters from some editors about the first book and I wanted to talk to my agent about making changes to satisfy them. I thought the second book in the series would actually take care of the objections the editors had, but my agent was off...