It’s that time of year again. The commercial explosion is over, the unwanted gifts are already on Ebay, and the turkey is a shadow of its former self. It’s the time when we make resolutions and see how quickly we can break them, the time when we hope next year will be better than this one has been, and the time when reflect on how quickly this last year has flown by.
I don’t know whether it’s a symptom of advancing age, but time is definitely going quicker for me these last few years, and this past year has been the quickest yet. Many people have commented on it, and I find it hard to believe that a whole year has passed. This time last year, I left the company I worked for and started out on my own, scared but knowing I couldn’t take it anymore. I earn more, even though I lost some of my housing benefit, but I get to choose which customers I take, and I take all the money they pay, home with me instead of just a fraction of it. I clean houses for a living, and although it’s not work I would choose if there were other options, I’m happier in work now than ever before. This was one risk I took that has really paid off.
I brought out four books during 2013. Floxham Island, Acts of Life, Bygora Vandos, and Delectus Morbidium. My writing is improving all the time, and each book is better than the last one. I am more comfortable as a writer, and I’m more confident that I know what I’m doing. I haven’t sold many, but as I’ve had to admit that I suck at marketing/promotion, I’m not surprised. This was also the year I made the decision to stop trying to market my books so much. Not only do I suck at it, but it makes me depressed and then I start to doubt myself, so I decided to stop doing it. Maybe one day I’ll win the lotto and be able to pay a top company to do it for me. Until then I shall just keep writing and extending my back list. I don’t write to make money anyway, I write because I have let the creative flow out of my head or I’ll explode.
This past year saw my horrible neighbour in the flat below, move away and a nice couple with a quiet(ish) baby move in. Such a relief to not be woken up at five every morning. Although not that sociable, they are friendly when spoken to, and I feel happier with them here instead of the intellectually challenged man who was here before.
I have been on a mission this year to lose weight and get into shape, and I’ve lost a stone and a half so far. Although I’ve probably put a pound or two on over the Christmas indulgence, this process shall continue into 2014 until I real my goal weight of nine stone. Once the fat has gone, I shall be embarking upon a get fit campaign, and have been accumulating gym equipment ready for that moment. My spare bedroom is now a craft room cum gym cum spare bedroom.
Mother is still here on her Christmas visit, and bought me a new washing machine, cooker and gym bench, all of which I need and am delighted with. A visit to the sales brought a new kettle (my old one dripped and spilled terribly) and floor steamer (always wanted one), so my home is now more up to date. As someone with zero social life, I spend every moment when I’m not working in here, so I need it to be easy to run and pleasant to be in.
So what of 2014? As I said above, my health drive will continue, and I have promised the universe that when I reach ten stone, I will give up smoking. I will aim to bring another three books out, at least one more in my Sinclair V-Logs series, and at least one stand alone novel. I shall be treating myself to a new tattoo in the early new year, of the symbol for Earth from the series Stargate. I am still single, but I am not going to wish for a new man in the coming year, if it happens, then it happens. I no longer look for love, having long ago accepted that is was never to be a part of my destiny, but I am prepared to be proved wrong. I am also in the process of growing my hair a little, so that I can have it cut into a bob (one that’s higher at the back and lower at the front) and then I shall dye it white. I’ve always wanted white/platinum coloured hair but never had the nerve.
As far as outlandish wishes are concerned, I would wish for huge wealth to fall upon me this coming year. This would quickly answer every other wish I could ever think of, and solve all my problems. There’s no harm in wishing, so long as you never lose sight of the fact that they are just that, wishes that might not come true.
I hope everyone had a good Christmas, and wish you a happy and safe New Year celebration. May 2014 bring you everything you need, even though it may not be what you want or desire. I look forward to (and hope for) increasing sales and productive interactions with each and every one of you.