Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and that you’re starting the year happy and healthy. After a difficult couple of months, I’m excited by the fresh start that the New Year brings. So far, it’s been off to a good start and I’ve been powering through my to-do list, so I’m feeling very smug and accomplished. Next on my agenda is finishing off all the leftover mince-pies and cake so that I can start to eat healthily again!
I’m using today’s IWSG post as an opportunity to share my goals for 2022, which always makes them feel more ‘official’, even though I’m not really strict about them
and sometimes change them as I go along.
My Goals for 2022
- Finally finish the first draft of my science fantasy novel. 😅
- Get my short story, “Honey, I Shrunk the Earth” published.
- Finish writing my Midsummer Night’s Dream retelling.
- Write at least 3 more short stories and submit them to anthology contests.
- Join in with at least 3 WEP flash fiction challenges.
- Attend at least one author event with my book stall.
- Send out 4 issues of my author newsletter, Daydreamer’s Digest.
- Get 40 new subscribers to my newsletter.
- Add 12 articles to my author website.
- Attend at least 3 local writers accountability meetings on Zoom.
- Fill another diary with memories.
- Read 30 books from my 2022 reading list.
- Complete all my reading challenges.
- Unhaul 20 books from my shelves to make space for new ones.
- Do at least 1 Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-thon.
- Write 80 blog posts.
- Successfully complete the Blogging from A-Z challenge again.
- Gain at least 10 new followers on WordPress.
- Get at least 500 blog comments and 200 likes.
- Sucessfully manage my daughter’s T1 Diabetes (get her BG levels consistent and avoid hospital admission).
- Get an average of 7 hours sleep a night (according to my FitBit).
- Get back in the habit of dancing/zumba/aerobics for at least 45 minutes a week.
- Get my BMI back into the healthy range.
- Take good care of my mental health so I don’t burn out.
- Stay out of my overdraft and end the year with more savings than I started with.
- Get the bathroom redecorated.
- Learn to cook/bake at least 1 new recipe.
- Go on at least 1 UK holiday (maybe Centerparcs?).
- Book a trip to Disneyland Paris for 2022 or 2023.
- Go to at least 1 comic convention.
- See at least 1 show at the theatre.
This month’s optional question:
What’s the one thing about your writing career you regret the most? Were you able to overcome it?
The only thing I regret is not starting sooner. I wasted a lot of time when I was younger because I didn’t believe in myself enough to finish projects I started, let alone attempt to publish them. I was very self-critical and didn’t have the confidence to share my work with others. Yet, when I was young and child-free I had so much more free time. If only I’d used it more productively!
Happily, since engaging with the writing community through blogging, I’ve gained much more self-belief and honed my craft. I’m learning more about writing from my blogging buddies all the time and gaining valuable feedback. I’m also reassured when I hear about writers who started their careers later in life. I suppose it’s never really too late to follow your passion.
The Insecure Writer’s Support Group post on the first Wednesday of every month. We want to help writers of all stages to overcome their insecurities, and by offering encouragement we are creating a community of support.
Did you have a good holiday season? Do you have any writing news or goals to share? Let me know in the comments!