Day: 31/12/2010

Farewell to 2010


Happy New Year to you all!

So another year’s over, and I’m left once again wondering where it actually went. Each year seems to pass in an even quicker blur the older I get. Still, at least it’s been a good one, all in all.

From my perspective, it started off well as the 3rd January saw my first acceptance of a piece of fiction- “Scorched Earth” sold to Pill Hill Press, and published in the anthology Four Horsemen. In terms of writing, it’s followed an equally high road really, with further acceptances throughout the year. All in all, I’m very happy with it, and you lovely people can look forward to a few more pieces of my fiction rearing their heads in the new year.

University, too, went well. I scored a respectable 2:1 in my second year, and going into my third I’m at once rather hopeful for my final grade and a little taken aback at the sheer amount of work involved. My workload has never been light, but the final year seems to have kicked it into overdrive, right of the blocks.

Socially, I’ve started this blog, and joined Twitter. Which could be either a positive or a negative, depending on what you think of my contributions to the online community. I must say I’ve enjoyed writing this blog, and have come into contact with some fantastic people through Twitter.

Of course, not all of the year has been so roaringly positive. There was a certain happening in May which didn’t go so brilliantly. But thanks to the disaster of the election, and the Tories once more in government and the treacherous Lib Dems as their lap dogs, I am finally a paid-up, card-carrying member of the Labour Party.

So going into 2011, here’s hoping it’s another year in the plus column. As is traditional, I have a few aims which I hope to achieve, and which I will now share with you lovely people:

  • Finish editing my novel. I actually wrote it years ago, but surprisingly still like the fundamental story. It’s going to need a heavy edit, but really I think the world may be ready for a historical vampire story set amid the political intrigues and bloodshed of the Spanish Civil War.
  • Keep my nose to the grindstone. I only have another two terms until I graduate, so I want to keep my workload up, and get as high a grade as I can. I’m not sure if I can manage a first, but it’s always possible, so I’ll keep at it.
  • Get as stuck in with Labour as I can. This next year is going to be filled with difficulty, for all people in society (myself included) and the best way to minimise it is for all of us to fight against unfair cuts together. I mean to do my bit.
  • Get fit. The drawback, I’ve found, of being a writer and a student, is that I’ve become something of a lardarse. So, I’m planning to go to the gym at least once a week. This is the most precarious resolution, as me and physical exercise have never gone exactly hand in hand, but I’m hoping that I’ll be able to stick to it.

So there it is. My aims for the coming year. There’ll be others, doubtless (including getting a job, post-June) but as I set out this is where I’m going to be starting towards.

And to all of you, I wish that 2011 can bring you everything you want it to. I raise a glass in farewell to 2010, of whom only a few hours remain. It’s been a good year!