I Welcome You, 2013!

Now it’s THREE POSTS IN A WEEK GUYS! *proud face* *hopes to keep it up*

I originally wanted to call this post GET IN MY FACE 2013 but didn’t want to risk sounding like a total lunatic. Anyway, I couldn’t be more happy about it being a new year! 2012 was a year of great highs (New York, Amsterdam, Devon, leaving my shitty job) and great lows (unemployment, money woes, disastrous lack of action) and I’m sort of glad to see the back of it. Even if January is the most depressing month of the year.

So time for all the promises I inevitably won’t keep. What am I hoping to achieve this year? Well I’m trying to keep the list short and straight forward:

1. Get a decent job/make enough money to live doing something not shit

Because I need a job! Preferably a good one that I like doing. I’m working on a photography project which will hopefully pay off eventually but I really need to find some work that is vaguely related to writing and my passion for books. Waterstones here I come (haha, not! Been there, done that, didn’t get even one free book let alone a t-shirt).

2. Keep up with the blog and post AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK

Because it’s NOT THAT HARD, yet I let months slide by because I am lazy. And I’m NOT going to just blog about teen sci fi or my holidays. WCBH is meant to be about so much more! AND I’m going to make an effort to get some people actually reading it and maybe re-jig the layout a bit. CAPITAL LETTERS INDICATE MY DETERMINATION.

3. READ AT LEAST A BOOK A WEEK and keep track!

Because I like to tell myself that I read about a book a week but found I could only remember reading 35 books bookslast year (and SEVEN of those were books by Cassandra Clare I read in November/December). I’m sure I read more but did I really forget over 15? Unlikely. And shocking. I need to start keeping track and reading more! I’ve already finished 4 books so far this year so I’m off to a good start!

4. Write some good stuff, hopefully a prize-winning novel

Because I want to write for a living, but seem to spend most of my time reading instead. Or not, as the above has shown. Apparently I just spend my time doing nothing at all, staring into space, etc. I need to do more! Discipline is key here, something that 2012 was sorely lacking. I’ve heard it helps if you can get out of bed before 10.30 at least one day a week.

5. Be more ambitious/positive/enthusiastic/confident

Because 2012 was year of the moping, and I’m not doing that again! Time to get it together and stop putting a downer on everything! Sulking around worrying about not being good enough isn’t getting me anywhere. Although I hate that I’m starting to sound like a book from the Mind, Body and Spirit section of Waterstones. Back when I worked there I knew a guy who called it the Mindless Bollocks and Shit section. True story.

6. Get fit, eat only healthy food etc

Because it isn’t a new year’s resolutions list without this on it.

So there you have it. Keeping it short and sweet this year, and hopefully not too ambitious. Ok, maybe I won’t win any awards for my debut novel (LOL) but at least I’ll have a proper blog and toned legs! Seriously though, 2013 is going to be good, I can feel it! Although my resolutions may sound a bit boring and rubbish, I’m excited about getting stuff done this year and not moping around. Yaaayyy 2013!

So just in case I do get any more people magically reading my blog I’d like to start asking things! Do YOU have any new year’s resolutions? Do you think you’ll stick to them? I’d like to hear about them, even if you think they’re boring!


3 Comments on “I Welcome You, 2013!”

  1. Awesome goals, you’re going to kick 2013’s arse!
    I attempted to not be overambitious with my goals for the year, but came up with read 30 books, write a short story and poem every month, try to blog at least regularly again (2 or 3 times a week), beat nanowrimo again in november (this isn’t really a question the 5th time round), visit Sweden, learn Swedish, sort my health out so my general health assessment suggests I’m the mid-20s man I am and not 107 years old, pay off my enormous debts, edit some of my novel drafts, and stuff it I’ll conquer something while I’m at it. Maybe a small island or run down town, something easy. 😛
    I’m doomed…

    • Nah, stay positive! Sounds good! Always good to be ambitious! I particularly like the bit about learning Swedish. Any reason for this or do you just fancy it? I was tempted to put “learn a language” on my list but I think it’s a lost cause :-/ I always start so well then give up after a couple of months! Good luck! 🙂

      • Yeah I agree, it is always good to be ambitious. I’d much rather be over ambitious than under ambitious any day! 😉
        I want (or perhaps the word is need) to learn Swedish because my partner is Swedish. I mean she can speak perfect English, but I am considering eventually moving to Sweden with her and it would help to know the native tongue before I arrive. Also, the longer I know her, the more I find the language fascinating and quite beautiful. But it’s good, I have enough of a reason to motivate myself to actually learn the language. 😀

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