I missed a month but I’m back with another update. Five months have passed since I first set my goals for the year. These are the ones remaining…
- Go on a date.
Whatever the type — Classic, Blind, Online, Speed… But I have to try, even if it is the scariest thing on this damn list.
I picked up a book — yep, I’m one of those people. But of course theory is useless without action, and the “assignments” listed are still too far outside my comfort zone.
- Remove all clutter.
I started this last year but my progress dropped off a bit. Well, completely. To embrace living with less stuff, especially when most of it is just clutter, I want to make digital copies of things I can’t bear to part with, and force myself to chuck or donate the rest.
Scanned in my childhood scrapbook, and not much else. I’m beginning to think I should just bite the bullet and throw out all my old school notes and books. It would save a lot of time…
- Write a novel.
Encouraged by Stephen King’s book On Writing, I’m actually rather excited to spend my time creating a world over many, many, many pages. My first draft will likely take me a good few months, and I will learn first hand whether or not I have what it takes to write full-length fiction.
So I started SoCNoc, and that lasted a good 17 days. 16,466 words — the most I’ve ever written for a single story. It’s not the full 50,000 words I was hoping for. I’m a little disappointed I gave up so easy. But I’m determined to finish off the story no matter how I feel about it right now.
- Write a film screenplay.
Towards the end of 2011 I found myself falling into screenwriting. Like the novel, but of course not like the novel at all, it will push my skills to the very limits. And here’s to it being something other than your standard Hollywood fluff.
- Publish a short stories collection.
Hopefully with some more stories too by this stage, I will try my hand, and maybe even a foot, at digital publishing.
I’ve been looking into Kindle self publishing more and more. Now I just need to set aside the time and put together the actual book.
- Flat with a friend.
Thanks to last year’s goal I’ve moved out of home and I’m now flatting. But it’s a little lonely and I could do with a good friend or two to play Rock Band & Battleship.
Lately I was thinking of packing my bags and moving away to Wellington. Have a change of pace. Part of me feels like I’ve settled down too early. While others my age are adventuring across the world or starting families, here I am lingering in the only place I know. Living in the comfortable-uncomfortable safe.
I’ve toyed with self improvement, zen, minimalism and all sorts. But I just can’t find the time to sit in the quiet, to relax and be one with the world. I want to make this a part of my daily routine, just like my exercise and writing.
Hoorah! One down! So I’m not a Zen master by any means but I have managed to cultivate the habit of sitting down for three minutes every morning after shaving, and reveling in the quiet. Some days I don’t get to it for whatever reason, but I know that I’m skipping it. It’s not something I forget.