Hope everyone has had a good Christmas holiday season and new year! I’ve had a good break, mainly spending time with my family and playing video games (and playing video games with my family 🎮), and now I’m having a slow start to getting work done now I’m back to office. And yes, at this point I’m still correcting myself whenever I type 2017 instead of 2018. 😆
And now, here we are, as promised in my intro post a few days ago, we have the first Collaboration with a Purpose post for 2018! 🎊🎉🎈🎂🎈🎉🎊
New Year’s Resolution?
As I often do, let’s start with a definition plucked straight from Uncle Google’s answer!
A New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life.
~From Wikipedia: New Year’s Resolution
And this practice actually originated some 4,000 years ago!
The practice of making resolutions for the new year is thought to have first caught on among the ancient Babylonians, who made promises in order to earn the favor of the gods and start the year off on the right foot. (They would reportedly vow to pay off debts and return borrowed farm equipment.)
~From History.com: New Year’s
I think that sounds familiar; don’t many of us make similar new year’s resolution? 😆
Though to be honest, this is my first year writing anything related to this topic, whether it is making a new year’s resolution or even setting goals for the year! I’ve always been the type to roll with things and do stuff depending on my mood, and not to mention I’ve heard the percentage of people actually sticking to their resolutions all year is pretty low. 😅
But hey, why not give it a try? 😛
So I decided to write down some concrete goals to achieve this year! I think they’re pretty achievable,
My Goals for 2018!
Complete Azure Dreams: Monsbaiyan Tales
For those who don’t know, Azure Dreams: Monsbaiyan Tales is my first ever attempt at writing a short story collection with a recurring theme, where each story is written in the point of view of different characters that aren’t the protagonist, and they each overcome their struggles or come to a realisation about their mindset. This is a novelisation of the game Azure Dreams, and the story takes place in the desert town of Monsbaiya. That’s the gist of it. 😀
The problem with this writing project was… well, it’s one of those projects that I can’t seem to write fast enough, and as a result I’ve been stuck with it for the whole of 6 years! I learned I write best when I stick to one (or two) point of view since my favourite character is usually the protagonist, and I write way better when it’s a novel rather than a short story. Hey, at least I gave it a try. 😛
The good news is that I’m so close to finishing it! I’m now at less than half a chapter remaining for the last story, and once that’s done, I can declare the whole project completed! SO CLOSE!!
Migrate My Novelisations from FanFiction.Net to ArchiveOfOurOwn
I’ve been posting my video game novelisations at FanFiction.Net (as Estrelita Farr), but for the past 3 months I’ve been unable to access it… because the Communications department of my country decided to have it blocked. Why? Because some fan fiction writers posted stories that are too XXX for their liking. I’m just not going to bother commenting on that. 😅
Sadly, that meant I haven’t been able to post anything on it, though fortunately, Archive of Our Own (AO3) is another major fan fiction repository, so all I’ll have to do is repost my novelisations up there. Good thing I had them backed up!
Win NaNoWriMo 2018 with an Original Novel
Not just an original novel, but a rewrite of my first original novel that I wrote and posted over 13 years ago!
(It’s called Shadow Claw and it’s over here if you want to check it out, but be warned, I wrote that as a bumbling newbie, so the writing leaves a lot to be desired. 😅)
After many years writing video game novelisations, I think it’s time to finally rewrite it with all the writing experience I have now! I’ve spent the past six months or so writing down all my ideas, and I’d like to spend the next few months adding on more ideas until it’s time for NaNoWriMo again in November. I’m looking forward to it. 😀
Finish Playing All the Video Games I Purchased
Yeah, well, I went a bit mad buying video games last year because they were so cheap… but I bought way too many games compared to the amount of time I have for gaming. Oops. 😅
Luckily they were so cheap that the extra cash spent doesn’t affect me, though I do feel bad not playing them. I’ve already held off buying any more games during the Christmas / winter sale a couple of weeks back, so I think I’m off to a good start with this goal. 😛
Get Back into My Blog Reading Groove
For those who don’t know, I participated in NaNoWriMo 2017 and had the heck of a time catching up on my word count in the last few days of November! I had to skip on reading the blogs I follow in order to have more time to write… and since then I haven’t gotten back into it. Sorry about that. 😅
Since we have the Collaboration with a Purpose scheduled today, it’s a good opportunity to get back into blog reading, so I’ll get started with this goal today. 😀
And Into My Cooking Groove
Sadly I haven’t really been cooking much last year… I could blame my medical issues and operation, but while that did play a part (especially in the motivation department), it’s just mostly me falling out of the cooking routine and not quite getting back into it. I don’t really enjoy cooking, but then again I don’t enjoy eating out all the time either, so I’ve planned a grocery shopping trip this weekend to get started! 💪🏻
Hope you enjoyed this, even with all my random rambling!
Do you have any goals planned for this year? What do you think of the practice? Do let me know below!
A Short Self-Compassionate Letter
I’m proud of you for making a list of achievable goals and even getting started on some of them! ❤
Read More on Collaboration with a Purpose: New Year’s Resolution
- Barb Caffrey @ Barb Caffrey’s Blog: Welcome, 2018! New Year’s Resolutions, Anyone?
- Ipuna Black: Keep Focus with New Year’s Resolutions
- Jane Love @ Harmonious Joy: New Year, New Me
- Mylene C. Orillo: Why I Still Write My New Year’s Resolutions
- Sadaf Sidiqqi: New Year’s Resolutions.
- Sonyo Estavillo @ ‘Lil Pick Me Up: Finding Hope: A New Year’s Resolution