In my ‘Best of 2017’ post, I said in the Looking Forward section that I had basically zero plans for 2018. For me, this is always the case. It’s the end of the old year and there’s a whole entire 365 days spread out in front of you and its all so bewildering and you’re like “lol wat i don’t even know like what am I supposed to do with all this time?????” I don’t know if anyone else struggles with this, but I always seem to have what I’m going to call ‘New Years paralysis’, as in for the first couple of weeks of the new year. Basically it feels like I’m just going through the motions and I feel totally bewildered and have absolutely zero plans to accomplish anything at all.
And then BAM! 2018 smacked me in the face with like eight million opportunities and goals and all that stuff, and here I am writing a belated ‘2018 goals’ post so that you, the collective internets, can hold me accountable when I recap all the slacking off I did at the end of the year.
Please enjoy this seemingly impossible (but probably barely adequate) list of goals.
- Publish Esmeralda’s Story. I’ve talked about this several times before, but I wrote a novelette set in the world of my first book, Behind Her Mask was Death, which features the backstory of one of the main characters. I really love this story, and I wanted to publish it around Christmas time last year, but what with sickness, poor preparation and, lets be honest, a lot of procrastination, that obviously didn’t happen. I’m hoping to publish it very soon, though, and I’ll let you know when that happens!
- Write and revise at least one book. Recently, I haven’t been writing nearly as much as I should be. It started back in the fall when I forced myself to complete a 57,000 word first draft in less than a month, and ended up burning myself out. I am a very slow first drafter normally, and maybe trying to finish this project so quickly just wasn’t the right idea. Anyway, I ended up with a finished first draft, and actually wrote a bunch of the first draft of another book before the burnout caught up with me, and suddenly I looked around and for about two months I’d written absolutely nothing. I’m slowly starting to ease myself back into first drafting for another novel, a prequel to Behind Her Mask was Death that I hope to be at least 50,000 words at completion. I’d like to say that I’ll try to finish it and publish it this year, but we’ll see. I’m not always the best with sticking to the plan.
- Get my driver’s license. Yeah. Yeah, I know. I should have at least started working on this by now. But I’ve been… procrastinating. Up until now I’ve been able to rely on my family to drive me everywhere, but I’d like to maybe get a second job, and sometimes it’s just difficult to get a bunch of different people to soccer practice and work and robotics meeting and whatever, especially when they’re all happening at the same time. So I’m studying up and hopefully I’ll be able to get my temporary license this month and have my full one by the end of the year.
- Read more. Everyone who knows me would probably describe me as a voracious reader. And that’s true… sometimes. Or it used to be, anyway. But I honestly feel that I haven’t been reading nearly as much as I should within the past year or so. It probably has a lot to do with finally getting wi-fi in my room, which while it sounds amazing isn’t necessarily the best thing for your concentration. Sometimes I feel like I’m at my best when the computer is off and I’ve forgotten where I left my phone. But I really do want to read more, and I especially want to read more indie books. As an indie author, it’s probably a good idea to know the market and read other authors’ works, right? Yeah. And guess who had literally only ever read one indie book in her life right up until Christmas 2017? Yeah.
- Make more artistic stuff. I used to sew all the time. I always had a project I was working on; a cute plushy from one fandom or another that it seemed like I needed in my life. Now? Ha. Nothing. But, to be honest, I’m the kind of person that has to have an inspiration or some kind of goal in mind before I start a project, and I just haven’t had any new ideas for plushies in a while. So at least I could be honing my drawing/painting/colored pencil skills, right? Nope. This is yet another area where I need to have inspiration, and the muse does not visit often. But, hopefully, I’ll try to do a few more paintings or drawings this year. (You can follow me on Instagram or Twitter if you’re interested in seeing any of my artistic endeavors.)
- Embrace my emo side. You may think that I am already emo, but this isn’t even my final form. I dyed my hair the other day (say what????), but I’m not done yet. Dangly chain earrings, my favorite black choker, cross necklace, pencil eyeliner (if I can ever figure out how to apply the stuff) and clothes in varying shades of black are all on hand. In the new year, I plan to embody all the best things about my two style icons: Josh Dun (brightly colored hair, eye-catching earrings and necklaces, smudgy eye makeup) and Dan “black-clothes-are-the-answer-to-everything” Howell (self-explanatory).
Even if I don’t do the full emo look every day, at least I can enjoy being v emo inside, and all the issues that go along with that.
*smudges eyeliner and runs off to join the Black Parade*
Okay, back to the goals:
- Procrastinate less. This is a big one. Basically all my problems are caused by procrastination, and most of them would be solved if I just sat down and did whatever it is that I’m supposed to be doing (right now I am procrastinating math and Latin homework by writing this blog post). Maybe this is an impossible goal, but I hope to do my best to put down distractions and actually accomplish the task.
- Exercise, exercise, exercise. Kinda self explanatory, I guess. Get in shape, and all that. I’ve been doing a daily 10-minute Pilates workout, as I have a lot of back issues and pain and strengthening your core muscles can help alleviate this. I just need to buckle down and stop forgetting to do it or procrastinating my life away. I also want to get outside more and walk around the neighborhood or ride my bike, but the weather hasn’t been super cooperative recently, so…
- Write more blog posts. Sometimes, I honestly just don’t know what to say. Weeks go by without a post. Some compassionate soul out there might be wondering if I’m dead (i’m not i’m just procrastinating again friend). I’m making it my goal this year to have at least one post per week, and hopefully more, unless of course I’m away or on an official hiatus or something. (So if you’re interested in getting sarcastic rants, cool quotes, movie and TV show reviews, and more sent right to your inbox, you can subscribe to this blog by email down below…)
And… that’s about it. Right now, it seems a bit like an impossible mountain, but I’m sure at the end of 2018 we’ll all look back on this list and
laugh at how horribly I failed in completing anything.
In all seriousness, the best way to accomplish something is to have a good attitude about it, and then actually buckle down and just get it over with, and hopefully with that attitude, and with a lot of prayer and hard work and anti-procrastination methods, I can actually do something worthwhile this year. 😛
Thank you so much for reading this post! Sorry it’s a bit more sarcastic than normal. I’ve just been reevaluating my time-usage and it has come to my attention that I really do have a procrastination problem, so… yeah. Kind of being sarcastic at myself, if that makes any sense.
Talk to me, friend! What are your hopes and dreams for 2018? And does anyone else have trouble with this sort of ‘New Years paralysis’ I talked about at the beginning? Let’s chat in the comments below!
See you again soon!
I also have a goal to read more this year! I used to read a ton, and I kind of stopped for all of those years I was in school. You should let me know if you have any book recommendations 🙂
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Hello! Thanks so much for commenting. I’d love to recommend you some books right now! I don’t know what your tastes are or anything, so I’ll try to recommend a wide range of genres. Also, just so we’re on the same page, I mostly read YA, classics, or middle grade novels, so those are probably what will be on this list. ^_^
N. D. Wilson is my favorite author. He mostly writes middle grade fantasy fiction, but he has a young adult series as well, which is called ‘Ashtown Burials’, and two non-fiction memoirs/philosophical books: ‘Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl’ and ‘Death By Living’. I don’t know if any of these are your cup of tea, but he is my favorite author, and I can’t ever not recommend his books to people. 🙂
If you’re into fantasy, I would highly recommend checking out the Evenmere Chronicles by James Stoddard. They aren’t super well known, but they are very, very good and some of my favorite high fantasy novels to date. I also really love Terry Pratchett’s ‘Discworld’ fantasy series. A few of my favorite books in the series are ‘Night Watch’, ‘The Truth’, and ‘Going Postal’. Most of the Discworld books can be read in no particular order. I believe the first one I read was ‘The Truth’, so you could start with that, or ‘Going Postal’, and branch out from there.
If you need an exciting thriller to keep you on the edge of your seat, maybe check out ‘Unsanctioned Eyes’ by my friend Brianna Merritt. Its an amazing thriller about an assassin whose unsanctioned past suddenly starts to catch up with her, and it kept me turning pages late into the night to find out what would happen next!
One of my all-time favorite books, which I’m actually rereading right now, is ‘The Mysterious Island’ by Jules Verne. Its a classic novel about a group of castaways who get washed up onto a strange, seemingly uninhabited island, where they have to build a new life from scratch. Depending on your taste, you may or may not enjoy this book. If you love lots of high-octane action, it might not be for you, but maybe give it a try! I’ve reread it so many times I know some of it by heart.
Another older novel that I really love and try reread often is ‘Watership Down’ by Richard Adams. It’s a book about talking rabbits, but it’s not a kid’s book! If that piques your interest, maybe give it a try. It is literally one of my very favorite books ever.
So, here’s a few recommendations to get you started. I wish you the very best and hope you meet your reading goals for this year! Please let me know if you’d like any more book recommendations. I’d love to share more with you! Thanks again for commenting. ^_^
Great post! Sounds like you have some worthy goals for 2018. I’m hoping to write more, read more this year, and continuing to discover what I love and follow it. Thank you for sharing this!
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