It’s that time of the year we naturally look forward to the future and I’m always excited by that. The trick is to keep motivated for the other 363 odd days… and that means making plans, reviewing, amending and most of all enjoying doing so!
I wrote about the process of writing plans in a post on Writers Abroad yesterday and I was reminded of the conversation between the Cheshire Cat and Alice, here it is if your’re not familiar with it.
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where–” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
“–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.
“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”
Well I certainly want to go somewhere this year, not only with my writing, but personally, the two are so interlinked it’s hard to think of one without the other so in a nutshell this year of 2018 I will…
Publish two World War Novles (one First and one Second)
Develop a fantasy writing genre (short stories and a series)
Visit Penny and George more regularly
Celebrate a 65th birthday and 20 years of blissful marriage
Travel to Ireland, Southern Italy and UK in Bobbus (our motorhome
Improve my Italian (on-going, long-term project)
Learn to stop (or at least manage) ‘catastrophising’ (a new but very relevant word for me. More on that in another post, perhaps
Phew, well that’s enough and I promise to do a monthly update on progress in all areas throughout the year.