The year that isn’t yet

Somehow it’s 2013. Last year didn’t exactly speed by – in lots of ways it was a long, strange, unexpected and wonderful kind of year. I changed a lot last year so being spat out into a new one feels more significant than usual. To mark the occasion I thought I would share with you some of the things I hope to achieve in the New Year, especially considering it doubles as a glimpse into what you can expect from this blog in the next twelve months:
Read more books
I briefly contemplated reading 52 books this year. Luckily I came to my senses and realised that would be challenging for someone who wasn’t doing their final year of an Arts Degree. As such I am attempting to read 32 books this year, which is still a whole bunch. I am not entirely optimistic about my chances of achieving this.
If you’ve got any books to recommend, I’d love to hear them. My to-read list got awfully short somewhere along the line.
Have more adventures
The survey has not revealed a whole lot of consensus about what kind of posts you guys like to read. But you did agree on one thing: you like tales of adventure. I guess that means I have to have more adventures then? You can look forward to further Melbourne Comedy Festival fun times (now with 500% less loneliness). I’m going to the Emerging Writers Festival for the first time, thanks to some spontaneous flight-booking on my boyfriend’s part. There’s talk of New Zealand with my family in June. And that’s just for starters.
Then there’s the everyday sort of adventures, I’ll be playing DnD twice a week this year1. I am in possession of two Host A Murder kits. I want to have dinner parties and board game afternoons and picnics. I want to go to the farmers markets regularly. And I’d like to blog about the little things more often. They matter just as much as big adventures too.
If there’s anything you’d like to hear about, any aspects of life you think could do with greater blogging coverage, let me know. Also, if there are adventures (every day or otherwise) that you’d recommend, I am very much up for that. The parts of my life I blog about belong to you guys really, so I may as well start taking requests.
Get my degree
As far as resolutions go, this is up there with “try not to die this year”. Basically if I manage to not fail my remaining eight courses2I should have a Bachelor of Arts before 2014. I’m not sure what I’ll do with it once it’s been acquired. Put it on a wall maybe? That’s what doctors seem to do. Stare at it a lot and contemplate the value (or lack thereof) of an Arts degree majoring in Writing and Cultural Studies? Use it to get a job?3Move on with my life and do other things?
Get a plan
Moving on with my life and doing other things is much easier said than done. I have no idea where I’ll be in 2014. Literally. I don’t know where I’ll be living, what I’ll be doing. I’ve got twelve months to try and work that out. Sometimes I wish I was the kind of person who knew the next step their life will take, who has a plan, at least of sorts. But most days I know I’m not that kind of person and that’s ok.
Take better care of my teeth
Most interesting resolution ever! This year I am going to go to the dentist and be told there is nothing wrong with me teeth at all and I can go home4, just you wait! I shall not blog about this resolution at all.
I think the blog needs to be different this year, for my sake more than yours. It’s been feeling like more of a chore lately and that’s not good. I’m not sure what that means or even if it will change into something noticeably different. There might be more blogging about the everyday kind of adventures, about cooking and friends and parties. There might be more about books and TV. There will probably be more Doctor Who. 2013 is, after all, the International Year of Doctor Who.5
I never know what a new year will contain, because that would be boring and paradoxical. But a New Year it is, so I guess I should make the most of it.
1 I know I’ve never really successfully written about DnD in a way that makes sense to the uninitiated. I remain optimistic this is possible.
2 Not failing things is a particular talent of mine.
3 LOL!
4 This has never happened to me before. I have been to the dentist a whole bunch of times.
5 It isn’t. As far as I know. But it is the 50thanniversary year and that’s basically the same thing.

Further reading

December – home

I spent the first minutes of 2018 on the beach. I’ve never actually spent New Year