I smashed my Goodreads challenge of 23 books by reading 30 books. I always try to make the challenge a realistic goal. I don’t like to feel pressured.
I’ve started booktube to further talk about my love of books especially because I don’t have any avid readers in my life. I seem to be enjoying booktube and sticking with it. I’m trying to work on improving my technology. My partner has helped out with lighting and suggested a better camera. I’m looking at editing software right now as it may be iMovie that can’t handle it. Any suggestions?
I had a good run on bookstagram throughout the middle of the year, however I still have commitment issues… 😛 Ever since my want to booktube took off from October onwards, my Instagram use has dropped. I still haven’t begun posting regularly as 2017 closed (sorry Instagram friends!), but I have been liking and commenting on photos in December.
My TBR pile is at 110 books. Unfortunately I can’t give a number from the start of the year to see if my book buying habits were okay in 2017. I definitely ramped up the harshness on my buying restrictions after a book fair and two book hauls. Based on what I’ve recorded on social media I bought a total of 29. Wow. … Okay. Sorry. Breathe. But DUDE. I didn’t realise until I did a count just then, how many I actually bought. I bought one less than what I read. One less.
To be fair I did unhaul 56 books in 2017.
2017 brought many fruitful avenues to my writing, both in the actual work and mentally as I grew as a writer.
I sought out help in the form of a manuscript assessment, realising I’d taken my novel as far as I could by myself. The assessment gave me an eight page report with compliments, concerns and most importantly a path forwards.
After taking suggestions on board and making changes, I ran into a slump. I took a much needed break because I felt the toll between wanting to read verses wanting to write. In the mornings I didn’t know what I wanted to do, therefore I gave myself permission to have a break.
In July, Camp NaNoWriMo happened. It focuses on continuing the writing momentum after November (the main event where writers attempt to write the first draft of a 50,000 word novel). I decided to participate and get myself back on track, and realised I could play around with editing my novel forever.
During Camp I resolved to print my novel and read it out loud. This is helping to pick off the clunky sentences, extra words, and anything else unneeded.
Unfortunately around mid September I took a dive into lazy territory. Camp ended after July. I smashed my August goals, but didn’t prepare myself for September. Also, teamed with a busy personal life (house buying…! See below) meant I didn’t get the reading finished. I’m still working on it now, using the NaNo website’s new feature: goal tracker.
I’m also getting to know two new writing buddies. Hopefully we’ll keep each other motivated.
As I said above, the last quarter of the year has seen a massive change in my relationship with my partner. We bought our first home in September and moved in together in November. 😀 We love our house. It’s been a long time coming (as house buying always is) and I’m ecstatic ^.^
My relationship with myself is constantly evolving. At the end of 2016 I identified I have a form of social anxiety and throughout 2017 I “owned” it. I still let the anxiety affect me however I’m quite okay with talking about it to others and working out methods for myself.
I’m also learning how to function as a better person in society: in my work life, with my friends, and just as a general member of the public. I stand up for myself and others more than I have before, and hope to continue to do so. But also maintaining my usual brand of kindness and friendly aura.
Moving out has definitely been the biggest impact on my family life to date. I’m around my parents and siblings less, although still remaining close, and being more immersed in my partner’s family. It’s interesting playing the host when family come visit. My relationship with my younger sister has also improved now we’re not seeing each other on a daily basis. But she’s still yet to stay over 😛
I missed the family life I had when I moved out. I’d made myself a haven of my bedroom and I was also a friend to both my parents as well as a daughter. I was quite comfortable in my childhood home, but also impatient for the future. I’d spend weekends at my partner’s, feeling frustrating that I wasn’t in my own space, but wanting to be with him of course.
I did mourn the change, but I’m glad for it. And as Mum said, it’s a necessary thing, and something everyone has to do. (We go for walks every Thursday)
The end of 2017 marks a year and a half at my current administration job. The year has definitely brought about new challenges and frustrations, but also clarity and learning. I’ve been pushed and have succeeded in improving to work with the changes, but also to speak out when I need help.
I’m still surprising myself with my enjoyment of paperwork, and wondering sometimes whether it is the most helpful career to compliment my writing… 😛 But I’ve done both quite well and I have a feeling I will continue to do so.