The end of 2013 looms over us and with it comes the beginning of a new year. 2013 has been a year of life changing decisions and events for me. I made the decision to work towards self-publishing Sky Stone and began my online platform with social media and my blog. I also created my own freelance desktop publishing business. I have received my black belt in Taekwondo and moved forward to begin training in Ninjutsu. Best of all, I met the man I love more than anything in the world.
In this post I am going to highlight four of my resolutions for the new year, 2014.
1. Write more often
With my many commitments I have been slack when it comes to actually putting words down on paper. It is frustrating, not writing as often as I wish, and in the new year I hope to put some time aside purely for writing. In the new year I hope to publish Sky Stone, finish the first draft of the sequel, Guardian Core, and start on the manuscript for a new urban fantasy I have outlined.
2. Go for more walks
Such an easy thing to do but also easy to overlook. I have been finding myself becoming lethargic and unmotivated from sitting at home on my computer or in front of the TV for hours. I know that even a small amount of exercise each day can stimulate the mind and make me feel more energetic. This will help a lot with productivity in my everyday and writing life.
3. Train more often
This is referring to Ninjutsu training. I am loving learning skills in this ancient Japanese martial art. Currently I have only trained twice a week but I hope to start seeing major improvements in my skills and plan to upgrade this to three times a week. With my new practice weapons gained from Christmas I shall also start practicing my skills at home.
4. See friends more often
As I enter my final year of university and less classes to attend I will need to make extra effort to see and keep in contact with friends. These friends are very special to me as they accept me for the person I am. I hope to start organising get-togethers so that we can keep in touch. This will also help get me out of the house and away from the TV occasionally during the holidays (haha).
I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and will have a wonderful New Years. What resolutions have you set?
Scarlett Van Dijk
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A Writer's Tale
Scarlett Van Dijk
Writer of young adult, fantasy series, the Sky Stone series, poetry and short stories.
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