Everyone I follow is posting things, like, “So I achieved this in 2012, and I’m a wonderful human being, and I’m also a total genius and everyone should bow down in awe of my intellectual prowess, oh, and I saved a bunch of puppies. Now in 2013, I’m going to publish three novels (the ones I sold to agents already), write a bunch more, get asked to join Mensa, and solve the world economic crisis. Here’s to it!”
And then there’s me.
And I’m sitting here wondering what I’ve actually done this year and whether a cheesy post about all my plans is really what my followers want (because to be honest, they’re probably already feeling super inferior to all these giants making strides to better humanity).
What did I do this year? I guess I finished compulsory education. That was kinda significant. I managed to drop all of the sciences, maths and a language (and a bunch of other things), and then take up a couple of new things. Other than that, this year wasn’t about finishing things, or even really starting them. It was a continuation.
I continued St Mallory’s Forever, though we finished a draft in October and I guess that counts (January release date, guys, I can almost promise it! Almost! That’s THIS MONTH!). I continued with my Death and Fairies trilogy, which I’ve been working on since January 2010… yeah, I’m getting there. I continued starting projects and abandoning them, although I did complete one solitary first draft in November, of a book called Weapons of Chaos.
I continued vlogging, and gained some subscribers (and also some video editing software to enable me to make vaguely quality videos). I continued blogging, and increased the amount of time I waste daily on Tumblr. I continued collecting books and helped build seven new shelves to house them in my room, leading to the first proper reorganisation in ages.
I started cosplaying. That was awesome. My parents probably wish I hadn’t.
Oh, and I was ill a lot. Like, a lot. I started the year with a double ear infection, which led to Eustachian tube dysfunction (the gunk can’t drain out of the tubes because they’re damaged by said infection, basically), which made playing the flute really painful for several months, so I got kind of behind on that. After multiple coughs and colds and problems I ended up with a six day fever, and then didn’t eat for two weeks. I survived on jelly (Jell-O to the Americans) and Kettle Chips (which are like, fancy, natural crisps that don’t have additives in) but still managed to lose over a stone.
Then after being violently sea sick when I went sailing for a day, even though I lived on a sailing boat for a week in 2011, I started to slightly improve, although I spent the whole winter term with a cold and lost my voice multiple times. I also discovered that I needed glasses and found that helped my headaches a lot.
All in all, it wasn’t a great year, health-wise.
Did I start anything new? Yes! I started archery, and I am so glad to have remembered that because I’m feeling incompetent. I also started teaching myself Esperanto, though I haven’t got very far. Oh, and I started watching Supernatural and I got into Merlin, only for both to completely rip my heart into shreds and dance on it, so with hindsight that was probably a bad idea.
This year? I want to finish things. My goal is to finish my trilogy once and for all, so that I’m happy with it, and then start trying to do something about publishing it. I also want to rewrite and develop The Quiet Ones, which I really liked as a concept, as well as maybe working on Weapons of Chaos.
I also want to take up Anglo-Saxon, so the ‘complete teach yourself Anglo Saxon’ kit that my parents got me for Christmas will come in handy there.
‘Finishing things’ isn’t a lofty goal, but 2012 has so much been a continuation of the years that have gone before, and a lead up to this year… not exactly a year in its own right. That’s okay, but I don’t really want every year to be like that.
So, we’ll see how it works out.