Happy 2020 to you all!
I learnt an important lesson last year about New Year’s Resolutions. It’s a conclusion that I’ve heard a lot of people come to – simply put: don’t make them, then you won’t disappoint yourself. I agree to a certain extent, but with a slight difference. I think it’s important to have goals and hopes for the coming year, yes, but jeez – don’t make them in January! It’s bloody miserable! Its freezing, we’ve just had to wave so-long to all the warmth and magic of Christmas and there’s this underlying expectation you have to stop eating all the things your body has grown addicted to over the last month 🙂
So last January after failing miserably with most of my resolutions the year before, I didn’t make any resolutions. I let January pass, I was kind to myself, I tried to gradually reduce my calorie (okay chocolate) intake and I let myself just be relaxed warm and cosy wherever possible. I let February pass too – it’s equally dark and cold – but then as spring started to tickle the air and March began, I felt compelled to think about resolutions, and I made some.
So here we are again in January, and I feel the happiest I’ve ever been at this time of year because I am simply brooding over what I might hope to achieve in 2020, but placing no expectations on myself – yet. I’m taking it easy, where life allows, and I plan to let January and probably February pass once again without a list of resolutions. However, I do know already that I want to give as much time as I can to my writing and that I want to finish my book this year. Last year was a write off (pardon the pun). I won’t go into why (I may have already in previous posts) but there were many reasons why 2019 wasn’t a great writing year. But this is the year – 2020 is the year for my book!
So I’m going to focus on that. However, I would also like to get my blog active again, but this does take time and focus away from my WIP (Work in Progress), so I’ve come up with a plan. I have loads of little stories from writing group tasks, or from submissions that haven’t been accepted, tucked away on my MacBook. Perhaps it’s time I shared those. They should get me through to March at least and then who knows…
So here’s my first one: Here Comes The… Shameless Friend, written for my Writing Group last year when I was in the midst of wedding planning and LOVING Fleabag on catch up! The inspirations are pretty obvious but it was great fun to write! Please don’t be offended by any religious content – it’s the character talking not me! 🙂
So Happy New Year everyone! Have you made any resolutions or are you kicking back like me?
Thanks for reading