Hey everyone! I hope you had a good Christmas and a Happy New Year.
I can’t believe how fast my break went, or that classes start tomorrow. Christmas was a mix of emotions. Merlin loved Christmas, and we got some awesome gifts, but my Nan died on the 23rd after a lengthily battle with Leukaemia. It’s a weird feeling, as she was my last grandparent, and it cast a shadow over the holiday season.
Anyway, it’s 2020, and with the New Year comes new beginnings. Time to set goals for the year, and the month ahead. I’ll also talk about December, and Merlin’s first Christmas.
I had three opportunities to submit to workshops last year, but I submitted once. I write my blog stories last minute, so I don’t have time to workshop them, and I’m reluctant to share my WIP with people I’ve just met who aren’t writing the same genre. In January I’ll aim to write my blog stories in advance so I can workshop them, keep up with reading, and draft my assignment.
I was going to watch Dragon Prince season 3 in December, but I didn’t feel like: It’s pretty lighthearted so I’m saving it for January. I’ve been re-watching Suits instead as I adore Mike and Harvey. I also watched Carole and Tuesday, which was so emotional it made me cry.
Gaming (AKA fun gifts):
I got Mario Kart 8 for my partner for switch, which is fun with two players. We also got the Oculus Rift S. It’s a VR headset for virtual reality gaming. My favourite is Beat Saber, because it’s fun and a workout. I think we both played too much that first day and ended up with aching arms! I’ll probably review a few games in future, and can’t wait to try Skyrim.
Cat Tales. Merlin’s Xmas adventures:
We had a Christmas tree for a total of two hours. After much climbing, chewing branches, and pulling off the baubles to chase around, we decided to take it down. The baubles and climbing were fine, but we were worried what’d happen if he swallowed parts of the tree:
He loved his special Christmas Pate, joined us for board games at the table, has a couple of new massive boxes to play with, and really wanted my mum’s beer:
He was an adorable addition to the day!
My goal for December was to finalise my outline and write one short story. Because I put my blog on break a week early I didn’t post a short story. I also haven’t finished my outline. I worked on it a lot, and I’ve dug out an old mini laptop to use which is less distracting, because it’s Linux, not Windows, and the internet doesn’t work, but I’m not there yet.
I’m not disappointed. I don’t want to rush it, and with everything that happened in December I’m not surprised I didn’t finish it. I’ll aim to finish my outline and write a story in January instead.
I returned the autobiographical books I started to the library as I couldn’t get into them and wanted to read fiction. I read the The Inn, by Ronel Janse van Vuuren, and I’ve got two books from Hidden Gems, Untethered and A Gift of Poison to read. (Reviews to follow).
I got a kindle for Christmas, with a back-light. I’d been using the app on my phone but the screen hurts my eyes and it’s easy to get distracted. Maybe now I’ll get through the backlog of eBooks I’ve downloaded. My goal for January? 2 books.
A decade of accomplishments:
I saw a lot of people doing this on Facebook and thought it sounded fun. Here’s a small list of my accomplishments from the past ten years:
Graduated BA History with a 2:1.
Tried out teaching, as a teaching assistant. Was grateful when my contract ended!
Worked 5 years as a client manager/admin/marketing person (the best, and worst, job I’ve had).
Bought a house.
Visited New York and Las Vegas.
Did work experience in editorial at Penguin Random House in London.
Started an MA in Creative Writing.
Got a kitten.
And now, the ‘lofty 2020 goals’ section. Last year I set a bunch of goals and forgot about them. This year I’ll focus on being positive, balancing writing, university, and blogging, and a few key goals.
I’m going to focus on things I’m passionate about: TV, gaming, anime, Dungeons & Dragons, card & board games, dragons, history, Merlin, books, art, and writing. I’ll sometimes post TV and game reviews, and very short stories with pictures. Mostly I want to figure out my niche, edit some of the about pages, and, when I finish my draft, add a WIP page.
Finish a first draft. I say this every year but I mean it this time…
Pass with distinction. This is the one goal I refuse to low-ball. I’m ambitious and competitive when it comes to grades and I’ll always push myself to be the best I can be.
Read 20 books in 2020. With my new kindle reading should be easier than last year!
Thanks for reading!
December was quiet on the productivity front, which I expected given my Nan’s ill health, and full of relaxing, gaming and Netflix. I expect January to be more productive as I’m back at university and there’ll be plenty that needs doing 🙂
What are your goals for 2020? Did you have a good Christmas? Chat in the comments!