That's right. A mission AND a choice of whether or not to accept it. Sound familiar? (Please pretend it doesn't.)
My 2011 mission, should I choose to accept it is: To Write A Good Novel.
That's it. I know, I know. It sounds boring, or like I'm sandbagging. It's not, and I'm not.
Over the course of the next year, I will likely start three novels, write a novella and three short stories, critique the equivalent of four novels for five distinct humans, blog irregularly, jump in and out of forums, take part in at least eight monthly blog chains, read twenty-five+ published books and twenty+ published short stories, work forty hours each week minus eight holidays, up-bring my toddler, frequently think about working out, occasionally actually work out, go on vacation, (possibly) attend a writing workshop, go outdoors at least once, lunch with friends, cook dinners and dine with family, and maybe - just maybe - write a good novel.
I believe I will choose to accept this.
Now, before this message self-destructs, what's your 2011 mission?