Thursday, 2 January 2014

Happy New Year - 2014 Plans and such

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope 2014 is everything you want it to be and more!

So... I took a very extended break from blogging last year, popping in and out whenever I found the time, and while I really did try my best to fit everything in, blogging was one of the things that mostly got lost amongst everything else I was doing.

Here's the thing. Every time I come back saying I promise to be better at blogging, I always fail. It's like a New Year's Resolution I make four times a year, and it pretty much falls by the wayside as soon as the words have left my mouth - or fingertips. SO, instead of that, I am going to say that from next week onwards, I plan to blog on Mondays and Fridays. That means I know when I need to post, and I will use those days to catch up on everyone else's blogs instead of trying to follow everything every day, and flailing because it's too much. See, I figure giving myself definite posting days is better than a wishy-washy promise to "try harder".  The new schedule will start on Monday!

This year, I have GOT to set myself better working hours, so I know when I can be writing, when I can be working on the day job, and most importantly, when I can read and generally unwind. I need to fit more paid work in this year, which means I need to manage my time properly. I have just set up this page on my website, where I am now officially offering beta reading, proofing and editing services. It would be fabulous if you'd check it out and/or tell people about it - but you don't HAVE to. I just wanted to put it out there so you know what I'm doing. :D Also, if you are a bloggy friend and I've known you for a while, I will still edit your work for free!

In regards to actually writing - well, I need to get back on the publishing horse! I published nothing last year, which is absolutely ridiculous. I finished an MS, but it's STILL resting while I work out what I want to do with it. I am also working on Game On Book 3. While I was unsure about whether it is even interesting enough to be published, the fabulous Annalisa Crawford read it and I got in trouble for not finishing it because she wanted to read more! That is always a good thing, and a much needed boost. If I work hard, I can get Game On Book 4 out also, and as yet, I have no other brilliant book ideas so it's definitely  a possibility.

In amongst all that I need to find  time for my new hobby lol. Those of you who I'm friends with on Facebook will have noticed I picked up an unexpected interest in knitting! It makes me feel about five hundred years old to be doing this, but it's oddly addictive.

This was the first thing I ever knitted - and yes - I'm aware it's pretty freaking bizarre lol!

Okay, that's enough rambling from me! I am going to get back to seeking out jobs and trying to pretend Christmas isn't really over by eating mince pies and chocolates!





30 comments:

  1. Yes, you definitely are in trouble, but I forgive you :-) Best of luck with the editorial services, and the knitting!

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  2. Set a schedule you can follow, Kyra. I scaled back my blogging because I just don't have time to visit everyone every single day.

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    1. Yes, it definitely becomes overwhelming!

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  3. Sounds like a manageable plan. Good luck with the writing, work and knitting in 2014.

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  4. Happy new year! And congrats on the new editing biz and knitting. How fun. ;)

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  5. Happy New Year! Sounds like 2014 is going to be amazing for you. Congrats :)

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  6. I've never knitted anything before, but it does look rather soothing. And productive! I can write for three hours and have nothing to show for it, but three hours of knitting could produce a nifty little hat, eh?

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    1. LOL, yes! It is quite relaxing, you know, until you drop a stitch and then it's not so fun anymore! :p

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  7. Happy New Year! Having a blogging schedule is awesome. I wrote one up before the new year. It's helped already. Good luck on your job search and professional editing endeavors.

    I had two chocolate squares yesterday, so I'm still pretending it's Christmas too.

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    1. Thanks, Tracey!

      Hee hee, I am still enjoying the Christmas biscuits!

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  8. I hate to say good bye to Christmas too. I also need a better work schedule, because I fail at getting so much done!

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    1. It's SO hard to keep everything in order!

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  9. My mince pies are all gone :-( (but I think I may have a slice or two of Yule Log left!) I've optimistically written in my new diary to blog twice a month, which is an improvement on what I've been managing! I'm going to try and write a haiku (or two) for each month too. I'm no poet, but I really like the simplicity of haiku. Enjoy those mince pies - it ain't over til it's over!

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    1. Heh, we still have some Christmas cake and a load of chocolates and biscuits left!

      Good luck with your new blog schedule!

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  10. Good luck with the new editing services! One more thing to keep you busy.

    Happy 2014!

    Oh, and I don't think I've ever had a mince pie.

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    1. Thanks, Suzi!

      Mince pies are wonderful! :D

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  11. Happy 2014! The important thing is to set reasonable expectations for yourself and do the best you can. I think your new schedule is a good idea, and I hope that goes well for you. I need to get back into a blogging routine. My husband had the last week and a half off work, and having him home always messes up my schedule, though certainly not in a bad way.

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    1. Happy 2014 to you, too!

      Yes, reasonable expectations is where I lacked last year. I just tried to cram everything in and it stressed me out lol!

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  12. Happy New Year! Sound like you're working toward a great perspective on balance. When you figure out the answer, share it with me! :)

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  13. Happy New Year, Kyra!

    Blogging has taken a back seat for me too, but it shouldn't. I really need to think of it as a fun place to just share stuff.

    Here's a a great 2014!

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    1. I'm going to try hard to keep up better this year, for sure!

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  14. Happy New Year! Don't worry, I published nothing last year either, despite me saying I would. Hopefully you can find some balance and time! :) I want to read your new book.

    Good luck with everything and with your new venture!

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  15. Happy new year! I forgot everything else I was going to say when I read the word chocolates. :)

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