Oh it's that time again, when everyone's deciding they'll "overhaul their lives" in 2017, I used to buy into that rubbish but it would just leave me feeling guilty and hollow. So I started thinking about practical resolutions that will make my life better. Here's what I want to achieve next year:
1) Write more.
You can't be a writer if you don't actually bloody write. I want to aim to pitch at least 2 things every month. This was originally going to be have 2 things published every month but then I realised that was out of my control and would leave me feeling worse if I got rejected. I want to write more for myself too; on here and Medium, not just publishing things that nowhere else wants.
2) Finish my novel.
I attempted NaNoWrMo but as expected I gave up mid-month. But I still wrote 19,000 words and I don't think that much work should amount to nothing. It's a story that I really love the premise of and I'm so interested in, I need to keep going. My aim this year is to finish it by maybe the middle of the year and get it properly edited, then send it to my writer friends to tell me if it's crap or not. Also I really need to come up with a title, I can't keep calling it Victorian Crime solving Prostitute- any suggestions?
3) Read 30 books.
Last year I set myself the challenge of reading 20 books and managed 33. This year I'd love to hit 35 or even 40 but realistically I'm setting it at 30 (That and I'll feel amazing when I bypass it). I'll have plenty of excuses too, when I'm no doubt holed up in bed after my hysterectomy or just generally ill. And it's a lot more productive than endlessly scrolling Twitter. Which brings me to my next point....
4) Stop giving so many fucks about Twitter.
Yes its a great tool for talking to like-minded people, but its also inhabited by the worst people on earth. Because I'm a woman with opinions I'm subject to my fair share of abuse, to the point where I break down in tears and let it ruin my day sometimes. But even more than that I spend far too much time on it, at any given moment you can pretty much guarantee I'll be on it, I close it then reopen it seconds later and I feel like I HAVE to tweet about what I'm watching, I know how ridiculous that is and I just need to stop!
5) Eat better
This has been my resolution for at least the last 5 years and while I am getting better I've still got a long way to go. It's hard with illness as i lose my appetite a lot, but I need to keep making the effort to have at least two meals a day, even 3 when I can. Becoming vegetarian has actually made this easier as there's so much yummy food, but I need to keep getting what I need from other places too. Falafel and cheese are not a meal.
I hope you all have a great New Year, tell me your resolutions below.