I’ve been away from blogging for a long time. It’s been a bit of a mad year, and a fairly rough one too. Looking back, the year 2016 seems very far away now.
I’ll be truly relieved when 2017 is over, but I know the new year won’t come without its own demons. I’m hoping that, when they come, I’ll be ready to face them head on.
But, for now, enough. Here’s to looking forward. I’m not much one for New Year’s Resolutions, but this year I would love to achieve just one or two things and, maybe, stick to them.
1) Complete my novel.
First and foremost, I want to complete my YA novel by May 2018. This deadline is significant because I’m going to the Torchlight Anthology launch in London during this month, held as part of Bath Spa’s Masters course in Writing for Young People. There, it’ll be a wonderful (and rather daunting) opportunity to meet agents and publishers alike and get to talk about my novel. I know. Scary, much? In the meantime, I’ll be panicking amid writing the end of my novel, all frantic, and praying to God that it works out okay.
2) Read more, and keep a journal.Working full-time is something I routinely love. As much as other people will think I’m crazy, I adore working in retail. Saying hello to people, and just being a small part of a stranger’s day counts, I think. I love the fact that they get to make an imprint on my life, and in turn that I get to make an imprint upon theirs. It just makes me feel all warm and cosy inside, even if it can be a little tiring by the time the hands on the clock hit 5 o’ clock.
But, saying all that, it does leave very little time to write. I’ve started writing in my lunch breaks just to get something – ANYTHING – done. I also take forever to finish a book recently. It makes me particularly irritable.
I also find that keeping a journal helps maintain creativity. I don’t do that as much anymore, I think, purely out of dropping the habit. I used to write in a journal everyday. This is something, I think, integral to keeping happy.
So those are my fragile New Year Resolutions. What are yours? I hope they’re a little more cemented in the ground than mine.
So smile, be happy, and, above all, I hope you are merry and loved this Christmas.