So it’s that time of year again where we all reflect on what we have achieved in the past twelve months and make several promises to make the next year an even better one. 2015 was a turbulent year for me and it had a knock on effect on my writing, reading and this blog. I got a new job and advanced a couple of steps further in my career which was good, but I also had some health problems which I’m only really getting to grips with now, which was bad (although nothing anyone should be worried about).
While life trotted along at this pace, my reading suffered – I only finished 28 books this year, although many of them were excellent. Blogging also fell by the wayside for much of the year with only 5 blog posts going live in 2015. Towards the middle of the year I started to taking the novel project a bit more seriously again and have to date, completed the first act (approximately 35,000 words) to date.
At the beginning of 2015 I had said that this would be the year I finish a completed draft. Like so many resolutions past, I did not achieve my goal, but the beautiful thing about the new year is that it rolls around every twelve months and allows us to start afresh and recommit ourselves to the things we want for ourselves. So I have a few resolutions this year, some writing based and some not. For the interested among my resolutions are as follows:
1) Finish the damn novel.
This is the biggie. I’ve already made some good headway and definitely feel more positive about it this time round. Will it be a brilliant novel? Probably not. Will it get me an agent and a publisher and a load of adoring fans? Unlikely. Will it be finished and resemble something like a novel? Absolutely.
2) Read more.
In the back of my head I’ve always wanted to be that 50 novels in a year person but somehow I’ve always fallen short of that ideal. In part, it’s been my choice of novel which often runs towards the 600 to 800 page length but it is also laziness. I always WANT to read but know that reading doesn’t lend itself well to multitasking which means I need to carve out specific time for it. This I have always found a bit harder to do save for 20/30 minutes at nighttime. This year, I discovered the joy of the audiobook though, which has allowed me to sneak in a bit more novel time when I’m doing the domestics or taking the bus to work. All considered I would like to end 2016 having read 50 novels this year.
3) Going Veganish
This one has nothing to do with reading/writing/blogging but it’s been something I’ve been thinking about for a while. In September (prompted by some health related concerns) I gave up eating pork of any kind and cut out all processed meats. Initially it took a lot of re-thinking about meals that I would normally eat but by December I realised that I didn’t miss any of it. Recently, I watched a documentary called Cowspiracy (you can find it on Netflix) and something in it really hit home for me – that producing the quantity of animal-based products consumed by the average Westerner is a leading cause of climate change. I’ve certainly no desire to proselytise on this blog but, for me, this thought alone has made me want to change my habits. I’m not ready for a fully vegan lifestyle but I am making steps to towards a more sustainable one. For me this means no more than one meat/dairy based meal per day and at least one completely meat/dairy free day per week. It’s not perfect but its a start.
So what about you? What resolutions do you have this year? Do you make resolutions at all? Let me know in the comments.
Happy New Year.