So, another new year is upon us, but I’m not making any resolutions. I can never keep them. Instead, I have decided to make plans. Plans for things I want to achieve this year, plans for things that could happen perhaps this, or maybe next year, or whenever; a sort of bucket list, but I don’t want to call it that. I prefer to call it my dreams list, as some of the items on there although achievable, I can’t honestly say I am ever going to make them come true. But you never know…
The first plan is to see my novel Whitestones finally published during 2013 by ThornBerry Publishing. We’re aiming for April/May, but it may be June or July, depending on how soon I can finish the final rewrite and agree on the cover.
The second major plan is to actually get down and do some writing on my own books. I’ve several started but due to procrastination and business getting in the way, I haven’t actually written a single word towards any of my novels now for two years, so 2013 is going to be a “me” year.
Another plan is organise and host a writing workshop-cum-authors’ day with some of my fellow ThornBerry authors – a chance for people to meet a group of us who are based in the Bristol region to talk about our books and lead a few workshops on writing etc. The plan is to keep it low key, simple, but most of all fun.
Then there is the plan to get away for a few days to Spain, to visit my brother and sister-in-law.
I have great plans for the garden, too. There’s lots of shrubs I want to cut down, move, plant, and several flowerbeds that need revitalising and rejigging. More perennials to buy and I simply must make the final decisions as to whether I’m going to keep the lawn or not. It’s small, a silly triangular shape on account of the shape of my back garden being a corner plot, and a pain to mow, although my husband always does it for me. I don’t think he trusts me with his machinery.
These are the easy things but there are one or two items on my list that will certainly have to wait until at least next year or longer unless I happen to become a millionaire, or win a grand competition. As you are probably aware by now, I love to travel. There are a few places I would love to go to if the opportunity ever arose.
- I would give anything to be able to see the Northern Lights in all their full Technicolor glory. Although they are visible this far south on the rare occasion, I have never seen them and really want to see this spectacular display of nature.
- Despite hating the cold and snow, I would love to go to Iceland or Greenland, Alaska or Canada to see glaciers at the sea’s edge. I’ve seen several glaciers in Austria, high on the mountains, now I want to experience the other end of them.
- I would adore seeing America, especially the Grand Canyon and San Francisco.
- I wouldn’t mind a trip to Australia to see the sights there, climb up Sydney Harbour Bridge, gaze at Ayer’s Rock and swim in a billabong.
- But I’ve saved the best until last here. You see, I am an avid star gazer. Not horoscopes, but the real McCoy – the stars above. How I would dearly love to go somewhere high up and unpolluted by light and witness the heavens in their full unadulterated glory. To see galaxies and supernova through a high powered telescope up in Hawaii or somewhere. It’s not much to ask, is it?
None of the items on my list are impossible, and with a bit of luck and a lot of planning, perhaps one day I will be in the lovely position of having ticked them all off.
Good luck in whatever you have planned this year. Hope it’s something exciting.