10 for 10: a not so Secret Santa
I was going to write an article about the politics of language for today. About gender and race and exclusion and imperialism. But it’s the week before Christmas and maybe that can be left till the Twelfth Night hangover at the fag end of New Year.
So what I want to do is very simple. Everyone’s talking about 10:10 – reducing their carbon footprint by 10% in 2010. This is Year Zero’s 10:10. I want us all (and by all I don’t just mean us ni Year Zero – i mean everyone who’s reading) to list 10 things we want from writing, or the arts more generally, in 2010. Specific things (not “success” or “my book to do well”). I want it to be something to focus our minds as we go into the New Year, and to which we can return again and again as we lose our way in the flabby month of May.
I also want to suggest a very small pledge we could make. In 2010, let’s each give 10 hours – over thecourse of the year – and pick one of someone else’s targets, and give those 10 hours to making it happen for them.
So, to kick off, here’s my 10:
1. Year Zero to get written up in one of the UK Sunday broadsheets
2. One of the Year Zero live gigs to get reviewed in the mainstream media
3. To sell 200+ hard copies of SKIN BOOK
4. To be approached with an offer by an agent or publisher, and to say no
5. To have an article of mine about Year Zero published by a mainstream mag/paper
6. For Sarah to have, however small, a UK exhibition, or Penny one in the US.
7. For sales of Songs from… to top 100
8. For one of our books to have sales topping 1000
9. For one of us to win a prize for their work
and most important of all:
10. For everyone who’s part of Year Zero now still to be part of us this time next year.
Over to you all: