In March, I had the sudden idea that of these seven attempted novels, I kind of love three of them, and maybe I should begin looking at this whole… writing thing… in more detail.
I ended up with a website, new blog, and creating a 120,000-word edited draft. I also stopped blogging here, in order to blog twice a week over at that one. If you haven’t seen my writing ramblings and want to, here’s the link: K R Green
Now it’s December. I moved into a new flat two days ago, and I’m evaluating my year.
It looks like a year ago, I decided to focus on the same things I’ve been focusing on for about 4 years, just using different words:
Food, clutter, strength and learning.
But in the last year I also had to work out how to be an adult. I started driving five days a week. I now had a 9-5 job, five days a week. I have no close friends or family even living in the same county. Around April-May time, I accidentally stopped eating. I couldn’t meditate. By September, I stopped attending my social and spiritual groups, including writing groups.
Writing has been my only constant in a world of uncertainty.
But next year I want to bring a little bit of my real life back into my world; not just the fantasy ones I create.
2014 is just around the corner.
I’m not sure yet what I want to do with this coming year. However, what I do know is that there are a lot of changes ahead.
Did I mention that I got engaged in July? If not, then that happened, and planning for moving house, possibly jobs and then wedding/hand-fasting planning is all on the cards for 2014.
1 . De-cluttering
So ~ if you’ve been following my previous blogs, you’ll not be surprised to learn that de-cluttering is back up to the top of my list. I moved into a new flat two days ago, and it took 4 car-loads on Saturday, and then around 7 car-loads including the furniture on Sunday. My parents, who arrived around 8:30am Sunday, didn’t leave until 9:30pm.
Moving in with the O.H. sometime around August, therefore, means I need to probably get rid of about 50% of what I have currently. And I need to try to persuade him to de-clutter at his end, which will be interesting…
2 . Spirit
This year, I’ve completely shut off from my spiritual practises. The closest I’ve come to any connection with my beliefs is that I finally bought a lovely little Buddha statue for my altar; having spent around four years looking for one that spoke to me. It actually made me laugh that after that wait, I found one that is close to perfect for how I visualise Buddha – and ended up finding it in Evolution for £2 with it’s own “gift bag” complete with stereotypical images of pebbles and sand…
But he’s lovely and serene.
I really want to get back into my OBOD course and to get at least a vague once-a-week meditation practise back. Or even just re-connect with the Gods again by chatting to them every now and again. When I found Paganism, the first thing I did was balance out prayers asking for things with prayers of thanks. But one of the key aspects of Paganism that fit for me was the imminent/manifest aspects of deity. This isn’t a lofty God watching from a cloud; it’s a man stood beside me offering me a pint as I moan about things.
And I miss that cautious friendship I began to foster with my deities.
3 . Routine
My job enables me to build my own diary to some extent. If I book to see a family at 9am in Crawley, I leave early to get there. If a family wants to wait until 10am because they need to clean the house and eat breakfast after the school run, and they live nearby, I leave a bit later.
But this means I’ve lost my morning routine, which impacts my bedtime routine. And a sleep-deprived Rose is a grumpy Rose.
4 . Writing
Finally, I want to officially set myself some goals for writing. I’ll outline these in detail on my writing blog in January, but essentially, I want to be seeking agent representation by August, in time for FantasyCon 2014.
So that’s my goal list for 2014, now named the “1-4”:
1 – Remove items and minimise bringing new ones into my life.
2 – Chat to the Gods.
2 – Complete more of OBOD.
2 – Meditate where possible.
3 – Wake at 7am each morning. Maybe 7:30 at weekends.
4 – Meet writing goals for 2014.
4 – Continue to strive for the annual “Read 26 books” challenge.
What sort of goals do you have for 2014?