Belated Happy New Year to everyone! I should have posted this earlier. So far so good this year during the first week and a half of 2015. I know this post is late and I have no excuses except my procrastination. And my tendency to make long lists of things to do that I will never be able to finish. I had intentions of doing a wrap up post on December 31. Itâ€™s been over a year since Iâ€™ve posted here but I have good (to me) reasons for neglecting my blog for so long. Then I intended to do another post New Yearâ€™s Day with my goals. As writers frequently do, Iâ€™m combining those two posts into one to make things easier, cleaner, and shorten my to do list.
A Look Back
First, Iâ€™m going to talk about 2014. The year was full of ups and downs, not only for me but for friends as well. We had deaths in the family that are still painful to think about. We had illness and accidents. The weather sucked and I found myself working from home a lot giving me a lot more time to think about the bad stuff 2014 brought. But there was a high, and that high was really high.Â I got married.
I didnâ€™t talk about the wedding plans on my social media accounts because we didnâ€™t get married in Ontario. We got married in England. Planning an overseas wedding is not an easy feat and I wouldnâ€™t recommend it unless you have help. We,thankfully, had lots of help from my brother-in-law and his girlfriend. We got married at the town hall in Woodstock. My husband did a lot of internet research to find our caterer, photographer, and cake person. I was a little nervous because the only one we met in person well in advance of the wedding was the woman doing our cake. We made a special trip to England in November of 2013 to apply for our marriage licence and to discuss what we wanted for a cake. Everyone else we met the week of the wedding and I actually never met our florist.
After the wedding we stayed in England for two more weeks. It was a honeymoon packed with activities including the beer festival, WorldCon, a soccer match, plus lots of shopping. Now I want to go back to England with a smaller agenda because we still havenâ€™t done everything we said we wanted to do there. And weâ€™ve been there three times since we met.
Itâ€™s been a series of firsts since August. First flight as a married couple. First birthday as a married couple. First Thanksgiving, first Christmas as a married couple. Iâ€™m loving every minute of it. And of course this was our first New Yearâ€™s Eve as a married couple. Youâ€™d think we would have done something, gone out. But we did exactly what we wanted. Relaxed at home with the cats.
New Year Lots of Goals
With the new year a lot of people make resolutions. I donâ€™t call them that. To me theyâ€™re goals. Goals with clear tasks to accomplish those goals. This year is no different. What is different is the sheer number of words I want to write this year. I have a lot of projects I want to finish and release. So, here they are in no particular order.
1. Write 600,000 words
2. Release Almost Normal
3. Release new adult dystopian trilogy
4. Read 25 books
5. Watch 100 movies
6. Continue on low carb diet
7. Exercise three times a week
8. Spend quality time with family and friends
9. Blog regularly
Thatâ€™s it for now, though Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™ll be adding to the list as the year goes on. To accomplish the word count goal Iâ€™ll have to write 2400 words a day (taking weekends off).
What about you? Anyone have any goals/resolutions they want to share?
Until next time…