A Lucky New Year

We’re 8 days in to 2014. Did you know that 2014 is meant to be a lucky year because it is a multiple of 7? Neither did I, but I really hope that’s true. 2013 was annus horribilis for me (and countless other people) and I was more than delighted to put it behind me.

I spent NYE with one of my best friends, watching films and eating the best stuffed peppers I’ve ever tasted (I knew I hung around with her for a reason). It was quiet and comfortable, and the best greeting for 2014 I could imagine.

I have a few New Year’s Resolutions – but, as I said before, they’re more guidelines and goals than firm aims that I will destroy myself to achieve. If it doesn’t happen this year, it will just have to wait until 2015! Like my marathon plan – that’s going on hold thanks to my busted knee.

But one thing I’m refusing to put off to next year. That’s embracing two aspects of my personality that have been really neglected of late.

The Writer

On Monday I downloaded the free trial of Scrivener. The only reason I didn’t buy it straight away is purely that I’m a scaredy-cat and don’t want to spend the money if I don’t use it. (I will definitely use it)

This year, as I say EVERY year, is the year I let my writer run mad. But this time I really will. I have already proven to myself that I can take writing as seriously as any 9-5. I write at least 3 and a half hours every day just to look after my blog (*disclaimer* some of this is given over to social media and technical stuff, as I consider this blog-writing as it’s all going the same way), so why not even that out a bit and take an hour and a half to write my novel?

I have had an idea floating around my head for months now, but never given myself the time to test it, because I was so caught up in getting House of Blog launched and my day job and just trying to push through the rubbish that was swirling around the personal life. Now I can afford to give myself the time; and I plan to take it.

So I’m researching ancient Gods and downloading Scrivener and assigning an hour (to start with) every day to writing.

The Geek

The geek began to see a little love in 2013, but no more than previous years. There were comics I didn’t read, films I didn’t watch. I negotiated myself down to simply watching the TV series instead. But this year will be the year my geek runs wild. I want to attend a con and learn more about Star Trek and watch ALL THE FILMS. Not be afraid to step up and say that I am a geek and I am happy and I know geeky stuff.

And the Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth.

There is one more New Year’s Resolution that I will let you in on… Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman (author of Noughts and Crosses) admitted that she challenges herself to learn something new every year. I adore the idea of this, and so have decided to teach myself something new this year. I’ve yet to decide what it is – knitting, Chinese, Karate… The possibilities are endless.

What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

Wishing you a very LUCKY 2014