The Resolutions Post, 2018

So after last year’s clown fiesta I’m back with a list of resolutions for 2018! This year is all set to be a bit of a mess as well but hey, I’m going in swinging. I’ve had two Bad YearsTM, will 2018 make it three in a row? I dunno but I’m going to try and go with no. As such, here’s some stuff I want to achieve! Let’s go!

 

New Year

 

1.) Submit short stories – Guess who’s back? This year’s resolutions are going to be a bit déjà vu thanks to last year. THIS year submissions are going to be happening. For one thing, I’m going to need to practice, for reasons you will see below.

 

2.) Put all relevant info from Through the Black into my Twyned Earth World Building encyclopedia – Not much more to be said about this one aside from I still haven’t done it and really, really should.

 

3.) Keep arting – now with more tutorials – I was actually impressed with myself and how much I managed to draw last year. Now, this year is again going to be a turbulent one so I’m not going to set a goal to beat last year’s twenty posted pictures. What I will aim for is one a month and to start looking up tutorials to try and get technically better at stuff instead of bumbling along by myself as I did last year.

 

4.) Get back on the FitBit thing – For a good year and a bit, since I got my FitBit, I was really good at keeping up with step goals. It was wonderful for my health and general wellbeing. However, last summer I got a foot injury (I was just playing Diablo dammit) and then with the latter half of the year being a puddle of despair everything went to pot. Now I intend to get back to hitting those goals every day. For one thing, it did wonders for my mood which helps with the writing.

 

5.) Read more – This year was a terrible one for reading. There are so many books I’ve wanted to read and just haven’t. I’m hoping to be in a much better place for reading this year and start hacking through that To Be Read pile again. Even ignoring the fact that reading is the best way to improve your writing, I just love it and miss it.

 

And finally, the big one…

 

6.) Start querying Through the Black – Yes, I know I already mentioned this one a couple of posts ago but this is big for me! It’s what I’ve been working towards for the last five-and-a-bit years. I’m aiming for the MS to be ready by March 31st and then to have the query packet sorted by April 30th. Then, after I’ve had a few people look over the packet and whatnot, it’s query time. Hopefully by the end of May depending on how long it takes for people to get back to me. Then I’m hoping the rest of the year will just be a steady stream of me bothering agents with it and sobbing into desserts.

 

Whatever you’re aiming to do this year, I wish you the best of luck and I hope things work out. If not, don’t worry. Just keep on pushing. That’s how I got through last year and I already know this year is going to be tough but I’m not giving up before it’s started. Let’s get out there and show 2018 who’s boss.

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Resolutions 2016 – Half Time

We are already—terrifyingly—halfway through the year so here is a half time update on those resolutions I made back in January. Now, I commonly use the phrase “going to sort my life out” when I’m exiting a conversation, normally to mean I’ve got something to get ready for or something important I’ve been putting off that I finally am going to do. This year so far has been a pretty special one for me personally as it is the year where I have finally, actually, sorted my life out. Big, big things are happening in the next few weeks, as you will read below.

 

1.) Diversify my reading – As I’m a slow reader, I set my goal for this at ten books (half of my Goodreads challenge). I have currently read 6 out of 10 of those and am finding some amazing books I might not have found if I hadn’t specifically gone looking for them. If anyone has any recommendations for great diverse sci-fi, horror or fantasy novels I would love to hear about them in the comments below!

Diverse Books

If a book has the phrase “giant penguin apocalypse” in the blurb I’m probably gonna read it.

 

2.) Start leaving short reviews on Goodreads again – I set my goal for this at one a month and I’ve managed to keep that up, which means I’m currently 50% of my way to completing this goal. My reviews are still short and fairly pants but I’m writing them and making myself look more critically at a book than I normally would do. This in turn is helping me think about my own writing, even seeing the same issues in my own writing when I really sit and think about it.

 

3.) Submit more short stories – Submitting stuff is scary and between working on novels and a pretty hectic life at present, I set my goal for this at submitting three times. This is to allow for the time it actually takes to write a story and the time it takes to hear back. So far I’ve submitted one but I have another that’s almost ready to be submitted and the first is due back on the 5th of July at the latest, which will be getting sent elsewhere if rejected.

 

4.) Finish next draft of Through the Black I am currently 27.8 % through this draft! That number might not look great but I’m actually really on track with Through the Black work. I’m 81.6 % through the first sweep which is by far the longest part of my revision process. Thanks to an influx of time (see below) I’m a couple of chapters ahead of where I was expecting to be and have even moved up deadlines so that step two and three have more time for perfecting!

 

5.) Lose more weight – BAM! Mission accomplished. I have hit the number that I was after. The new goal here is to still be at that number or below come the end of the year. Maintenance is tough so I’m going to be working hard to make sure I don’t slip.

 

6.) Get a tattoo – The same tattoo I’ve wanted ever since I first saw Dragonheart when I was seven. Yes, that was 20 years ago and I have been putting it off and off and off. Observe below! Tah daaaaah!

Tattoo

Not Draco but a dragon all my own.

 

7.) Move in with partner – Now this is where things get really exciting (and terrifying). The 17th of June was my last day at my previous job. That’s right – I’ve finally found work down south. Less than a week from today, I am moving. The next couple of months are going to be turbulent as I juggle with a new home, a new city and a new job. It’s going to be scary and stressful but I welcome it with open arms because finally—finally—I will be living with my partner.

 

How is your year and resolutions going? Tell me all about it below!

Resolutions 2016

Happy New Year’s everyone! Hope you all had a lovely holiday season! I certainly did and as of tomorrow will be back to business as usual. Hopefully this will do a lot for my productivity. It’s picked up in the last few days but aside from that has been pretty much nonexistent since the end of November. That’s December for you. Now, for the first post of the year, I give you my new New Year’s resolutions! Wooo!

 

1.) Diversify my reading – After a long hiatus of reading at uni, I had a lot of books to catch up on. Most of them were recommendations and have resulted in not very diverse reading! Now that I have mostly caught up on most of the big series I want to branch out and read some of these awesome diverse authors I’ve been hearing about.

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Don’t panic – this isn’t my only shelf. It’s just too amusing to not use as an example.

2.) Start leaving short reviews on Goodreads again – I’m not very good at writing reviews but they’re good for both me and the author I’m writing one for. Writing reviews makes people look at stories: the good points, the bad points, what works, and what doesn’t. As a writer, drawing my attention to these things helps highlights issues in my own writing. Improving my own work and helping other writers out at the same time can only be a good thing. So, I want to leave at least ONE review a month. Hopefully more but I’m expecting a busy year so I want a realistic goal.

3.) Submit more short stories – I won’t bore you by waffling EVEN MORE about the positives of trying to submit stuff. If you visit regularly, you’ll know how I feel about this so it should be no surprise that I want to make submitting a more regular occurrence!

4.) Finish next draft of Through the Black – Again, no big surprises here! Twyned Earth, my main project, will be getting a lot of love this year and I am aiming to have a shiny new draft ready for beta readers by the end of the year. Eeeeep! And eventually hopefully an actually decent title…

5.) Lose more weight – After last year, I have a numerical value I’m aiming for and this one isn’t a stepping stone like the last but the endgame. Woo!

6.) Get a tattoo – The same one I’ve been saying I want for years but have never got.

7.) Move in with partner – It has been a long time coming and hopefully now in the near future!

 

Phew. Got a busy year ahead of me, I think! Reach for the stars, right? Who else has exciting resolutions for 2016?

Resolutions 2015 Roundup

Uh oh all, here we are, it’s the end of the year! Ahhhh! Let’s have a look back at my original list of resolutions and see how I did.

 

1.) Start maintaining this blog again.

Looking back, I posted 24 posts this year (not including this one) which works out at one post every two weeks. Which is surprising to me, because that’s really not bad at all! Okay, so they weren’t posted that way and we still got some preeeetty big gaps but it’s a vast improvement. Also, aside from one missing side project, everything is looking pretty up-to-date elsewhere on the blog too. I’m hoping to keep this up next year and might deliberately try to aim for a two weekly posting instead of weekly as that feels much more manageable to me.

2.) Send Twyned Earth Book 1 to beta readers.

Mission accomplished! Okay, so this was done ages ago but not only did I send it but I got loads of feedback and have a plan for tackling the next draft next year. Woo!

3.) Lose some weight.

This went pretty well actually. I didn’t start the year with a numerical value to reach for so I’m counting this one as a win. I eventually settled on a number, which I didn’t hit, but I got 91% of the way there which has set me up pretty well to carry on losing next year to hit my final weight goal.

4.) Keep up with blogs.

Argh, this was a total flop. Started out okay, then got a little bit more ropey, then it all just kinda went to pot. I could make excuses and say that I had a lot on this year but everyone has a lot on every year so it feels like cheating. This one will have to go back on the list next year because it really is something that I want to do. I still have my list of blogs but there are only a few that I’ve managed to keep on top of which means I’ve been missing a wealth of good advice! The horror! Hopefully next year I’ll make a better stab at this one.

 

There we have it. Not perfection but I’m pleased with how I’ve done this year. There’s been a lot of other somewhat massive stuff that’s happened which helps make this year feel pretty successful so despite some minor failings I’m okay with this list. If you’re the resolutions type, how did yours go?

The Resolution Update

So, about six months ago you might remember me making THIS blog post about new year’s resolutions! Well, since we’re half way through the year and I don’t have a whole lot else to say at present, here’s an update to keep myself accountable.

1.) Start maintaining this blog again.

It’s not been perfect, and there hasn’t been posts every week,  but a total of fourteen posts so far this year (not including this one) means I’ve been doing a much better job than I did last year! I’m hoping to try and pick things up again as I’ve been slowing down, but as of next week I should have a short story ready to go up in three instalments to keep you all (hopefully) entertained!

2.) Send Twyned Earth Book 1 to beta readers.

Mission accomplished! Not only accomplished but I also have almost ALL of my beta feedback now! Huzzah! There will be a full post about this, hopefully by the end of the month, but for now I will simply say a massive thank you to all my beta readers. Current work has moved onto the editing of Book 2 and the plotting of this year’s stand alone NaNoWriMo project.

3.) Lose some weight.

Due to lots of sickness at the start of the year this one started pretty late but now that it has it’s actually going very well! I’ve lost 43 % of the weight I’m currently aiming to drop. If I hit my target, I might lower it after spending some time there, depending on how I feel.

4.) Keep up with blogs.

Getting better, even if that has devolved into binge reading a whole month’s worth of posts at once. That still counts, right? This is one I need a bit of a kick up the backside with, just so that I don’t lose whole evenings where I’m supposed to be working or playing Xenoblade Chronicles. What?

Now what about you guys? How are your resolutions/goals going?