Resolutions Recap: January
Welcome to Resolutions Recap, January edition. Let’s see how much I’ve failed to keep my resolutions so far!
Resolution 1: Write a little bit every day
The end of January kind of disappeared as I was drowning in deadlines. But for the most part, I wrote everyday, whether it was 500 words for an assignment, a 50 word story, or essay notes. (Essay notes count, right? :P)
I made a little calendar to keep track:
The key on the side is to help me remember what I wrote, in case I want to go back and check. The partially crossed out days are ones I forgot to mark — most likely I wrote something (seminar notes, at least), but I can’t be sure. I definitely wrote something 24 days out of 31, which is about 77% (if my maths is correct, which is unlikely, but meh). So I’ve given myself a 7 out of 10 for this!
Resolution 2: Participate in writing competitions/send writing off to be published
A drastic change on this one! The most I’ve done towards this goal is think about it. *sigh* However, as a result of this thinking, I’m very aware that there’s a competition coming up I want to participate in. So I’ve given myself a 1. At least I haven’t gotten a 0… but I’d like to do better next time.
Resolution 3: Read writing-related books, articles and guides I’ve got saved
Not much better here. I’ve only given myself a 2 here because I didn’t want another 1. But the most I’ve improved is reading some articles when I find them instead of putting them away for later and never going back to them. However, I’ve also got a few new links saved so the list is growing instead of depleting. Now I actually need to read the stuff on it!
Resolution 4: A Year in Books/Read more outside my course/BBC’s The Big Read
Redeeming myself a bit here! I’ve tried to keep up with my syllabi (didn’t happen) but I have read more in January than I did last year (probably). I haven’t read much outside my course though. I’m working on The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan and The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri, but I felt guilty whenever I read those, as I should have been reading for my essays! This is why I only get a 5.
Books I’ve read: The Home and the World (Rabindranath Tagore), Lucy (Jamaica Kincaid), The Seagull (Anton Chekov), Mansfield Park (Jane Austen), Hedda Gabler (Henrik Ibsen)
Books I started reading but haven’t finished: Villette (Charlotte Brontë), Miss Julie (August Strindberg)
Resolution 5: Keep my Goodreads account up-to-date
This one was easy compared to the others. I’m just giving it the same amount of attention because I don’t want all low scores. XD
Resolution 6: Establish a posting routine/post more about my writing progress
Looks like we’ll be ending on a low note here. I haven’t really figured out a routine that works for me (I tend to write at varying times), but I try to post at least once every week. I didn’t manage that in January though. Blasted deadlines.
I’m working on posting more about my writing here! In fact, that’s what I’m doing now. 😉 Hopefully some of you will actually be interested in this… It’s a way for me to keep track of my progress, and also to stay true to the name of this blog.
Resolution 7: Have at least one short story finished per month
Result: 10/10 (I’m putting this one last so that I can finish this post on a happy note)
Yay! At least one 10 on this list. This may be thanks to my creative writing course, but I finished one whole short story this month. I have submitted it for assessment though, so I’m scared to see exactly how much it will be torn apart by my tutors… XD
And that is the end of January’s Resolutions Recap (I know, I’m bad at coming up with names, but alliteration is a classic go-to in this case). I haven’t done totally horribly, but there’s definitely room for improvement.
Thanks for reading, I hope this wasn’t a really boring post for you! Until next time, and have a fantastic weekend. 🙂