Anyway, as they say, it’s better late than never. So, here it is Happy 2011!
As a rule, I never usually make resolutions at New Year. I can’t keep them. I never even really try. However, this year I have made a few ‘life rules’.
1. I will give 100% to my writing. 2010 was a good year for me writing-wise. I decalred on January 1st, that I would concentrate on my writing, only to have life get in the way until the Summer. I did, however, have two short stories included in anthologies, complete NaNoWriMo and get the first three quarters of the first draft of my first novel written. Not a bad effort. I also wrote a LOT of flash fiction, some of which I’m going to find homes for in 2011. I did consider setting myself a target of submitting X amount of stories per week or month, but that’s too much like a traditional resolution, so I’ll settle for submitting regularly. I am also going to finish my first draft, and of course I plan to partake in NaNo again in 2011.
2. I will stop trying to be perfect. This was added late yesterday, as I tried to entertain a two year old, finish off a trifle and make a buffet tea fit for the Queen, whilst vacuuming the stairs. Sometimes, something has got to give. Often my sanity. My house doesn’t have to be spotlessly tidy, I don’t have to have everything just so. Not all the time anyway. So long as I do my best, things will be fine. If I say this to myself often enough, I might bvelieve it. Maybe.
3. I will enjoy life. Easy, no? Not really. (See above) Reflecting on last year, I realised it was a good one. I only remembered the good things. Lewis’ first wee on the toilet, a weekend in Butlins, days out, getting my first story published. All good. I could not remember one of the many little things that send me into a frenzy on a regular basis. That one night, when Lewis wouldn’t settle until 9pm – forgotten. The day I burnt the chicken – not important. The days my kitchen floor was sticky and not sparkly – pah. I’ve decided to fill my personal diary with happy moments, however small, because life isn’t that bad, really.
4. This is a bit of a non-rule. This is a little like adding ‘breathe’ as number five, but I am going to read. I’m armed with a list of books to read, and I’m going to expand my reading list. I started broadening my literary horizons in 2010, but I’m taking it up a level. I’m going to read books, I wouldn’t usually pick up. I’m also going to re-read every book by the Bronte sisters, ahead of my birthday trip to Haworth in February!
What are your resolutions/’life rules’ for 2011?