Today is busy with New Year’s articles and blog posts, so I’ll be brief. This is not a list of my goals for 2017, or what I think your goals might be. This is a list of things I’m looking forward to next year. Goals are good, but for a lot of people they are a negative force, creating pressure of the unhealthy kind rather than the motivational kind. Looking forward to outcomes is a gentler way to approach writing 17 instead of 16 on every cheque.*
- My friendversary with my bestie. We live far apart and see each other rarely, but because it celebrates a big number of years of friendship, we wanted to make this year’s meetup special We’re talking tea at the Savoy special.
- Seeing my current project in the Amazon Kinde shop.
- Getting a dog. I’ve wanted a dog for years and maybe, maybe, this is the year.
- Using my new classic telephone. It’s my day job phone, in my home office, and replaces the 15-year-old ugly and crackly one I was using. I treated myself to it last week, and now love it very much. If ever I don’t need the day job, that phone is coming with me.
- Making more resources for my blog. I discovered Canva a couple of months ago and am now addicted.
- Travelling. I have some work travel lined up for January, but am also thinking about some Easter sunshine and where to go in some summer, too. I think everyone in the UK today is dreaming about sunshine and how soon they can get on a plane to go and find some.
- Reading new authors and new stuff from my existing favourites. I do the 50 Book Pledge every year, but the last couple of years it’s been filled with a lot of writing craft books and research reading. I want to read more fiction, specifically, fiction in my genres – light fantasy, historic and anything with a strong thread of romance. I don’t read romance but love romance and I have such trouble finding romantic books which are about more than person meets person, or more usually these days, paranormal being meets chosen one. Actually that’s it – I’m going to compile a list of books which are tremendously romantic and seek out others like them.
- Whoops that was a goal and I promised no goals or deadlines.
- Never mind, fresh start tomorrow.
- Thanks for reading and Happy New Year.
*Cheques. I thought I was done with writing cheques, what with this being the 21st century and all, but then I sent a small child to school. Now I write cheques like it’s 1989.