I last checked in in June?! This year has flown by!
I hope everyone who still drops by this sadly neglected blog every now and then has had a productive year, filled with many moments of triumph, and learning experiences from the inevitable hiccup or two we have along this little adventure we call life.
Let’s beat that dead horse once again. How did we go with the resolutions made at the beginning of the year, and any others tacked on along the way?
1) Keep my job!
Survived a full year, making it 21 months so far. Great crew to work with, challenging work, though it’s a bit hard to remain motivated when nearly everyone else has flown out for holidays! Jealous of their travelling interstate or internationally for some R&R… but hey, snooze you lose right?
2) Get that gym membership
Got a month left, having signed on 11 months ago to the day. Over the year, I have become a slightly more chiselled version of myself, and broken many PB’s.
Proudest gym moment: It may have taken 16 years, but I finally beat the fastest 2km rowing machine time from my final year of High School. A fellow who would go on to represent Australia at the Athens Olympics clocked in at 6m 17s. Just over a week ago, I did the same in 6m 16s.
3) Read 35 books
In the closing stretch of the last book, so that will make 27 books by next Thursday. Those were:
‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ by George Orwell
‘Treasure Island’ by Robert Louis Stevenson
‘The Temporal Void’ by Peter F. Hamilton
‘Warbreaker’ by Brandon Sanderson
‘Blood of Dragons’ by Robin Hobb
‘Hidden Empire’ by Kevin Anderson
‘Southern Fire’ by Juliet McKenna
‘The Alloy of Law’ by Brandon Sanderson
‘Brave New World’ by Aldous Huxley
‘The Evolutionary Void’ by Peter F. Hamilton
‘Pawn of Prophecy’ by David Eddings
‘A Forest of Stars’ by Kevin Anderson
‘Northern Storm’ by Juliet McKenna
‘Haven’ by J.S. Collyer
‘Good Omens’ by Terry Pratchett / Neil Gaiman
‘Flight of the Nighthawks’ by Raymond Feist
‘Betrayal’ by Fiona McIntosh
‘Sylvia’ by Bryce Courtenay
‘Zero’ by J.S. Collyer
‘Persuasion’ by Jane Austen
‘Queen of Sorcery’ by David Eddings
‘Horizon Storms’ by Kevin Anderson
‘As You Wish’ by Cary Elwes
‘Western Shore’ by Juliet McKenna
‘Into A Dark Realm’ by Raymond Feist
‘Dangerous Women’ by George Martin / Gardner Dozois
‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’ by George Martin
4) Join a writing group
So much fun having a group of kindred spirits, sharing the dream of becoming a properly published author. Several in the group have gone on and published, either signing contracts or going independent, which is fantastic news for them.
Will definitely be a returning member of the team next year, though large changes are afoot!
5) Finish at least one stalled project (Big Project Book 1, Achromatic, TLLK, Asamai, NaNoWriMo 2014)
True Love’s Last Kiss was the stalled project I decided to get going again. In what became a running joke with the group, the story length just kept getting longer as there were not enough words left in the quota to get everything done.
So, now I am back to Chapter 1… no, the story has not been thrown out! The main character’s history is needed to help build the tension in the middle stretch, and help provide the bridge for the story’s end-goal. The new Chapter 1 is getting her to where she was in the old Chapter 1, just with a bit more intrigue and foreshadowing.
6) Win NaNoWriMo 2015!
Did not participate =(
Did not fulfill all of the above, so the stretch goals were not entertained.
Now, a few days to decide what the 2016 goals will be…