Hello, 2015

January 1, 2015 in Blogging, Misc, On Writing

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Well here we are. Another New Year. 2015. They just go by so quickly, don’t they?

For some reason, the most apt thing I can think of to say in this post comes from, like most apt things, Seinfeld. Instead of what Jerry said about birthdays, however, I’d like to tweak it to make it apply to New Years.

Well, New Years are merely symbolic of how another year’s gone by and how little we’ve grown. No matter how desperate we are that someday a better self will emerge, with each New Year’s fireworks display we know it’s not to be. That for the rest of our sad, wretched, pathetic lives, this is who we are to the bitter end – inevitably, irrevocably. Happy New Year? No such thing.

Don’t get me wrong. 2014 was a great year. A fulfilling year in terms of getting fit, getting healthy, spending time with family, watching loads of movies (around 160 by my count!!!) and TV series, and reading about 3/4 of the number of books I intended to get through (15/20).

In terms of what I really wanted to get done, and have been saying so for more than a couple of years — ie, writing — well…it was a disappointment once again. I did a little more than previous years but still nowhere near as much as I wanted.

Some of the issues can’t be helped, but much of the problem is the usual laziness and lack of motivation, fear of starting something, fear of finishing something, fear of it being no good, fear of having to do too much to fix things up, etc etc.

If there’s anything I’ve learned in the past year it’s that waiting till you’re fully ready and in the mood to do something never works. Because there’s always an excuse — unexpected, made up or otherwise — to hold you back. Like exercise, which I have pretty much gotten the hang of now, writing needs to be a habit. You need to do it even when you don’t want to. Especially when you don’t want to.

So that’s my only real goal of the year. To make writing (non-work or blog related, that is) a habit. If not daily then at least 3-5 times a week. I think I can manage that. I made a pact with a friend to get something done by the end of 2015 and the clock’s already ticking. A little more discipline at work will help, but I think I’m ready for the challenge.

PS: I still want to read at least 15 books this year, watch 100+ movies and continue improving my all aspects of my health, from taking my vitamins to exercising regularly and cleaning up my gruesome diet.

Aspiring Writer’s New Year’s Resolutions

December 31, 2010 in Blogging, Novel, On Writing

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Happy New Year!

Did 2010 really just pass us by?

Oh well.  There’s always 2011!

I guess I did achieve a lot of my resolutions from last year.  I quit my job, started studying writing, did a lot of reading and writing, saw a whole bunch of movies, and I’m a lot fitter than I was at this time last year.  And I achieved the goal of getting published as a writer.  But that novel is still unwritten, and I still haven’t won the lotto (damn that lotto).

Anyway, this year is for real.  My resolutions for 2011:

1. Finish that fantasy novel — starting with writing at least an hour a day for at least five days a week (need to set achieveable goals)

2. Read at least 20 books — starting with reading at least an hour a day for at least five days a week (I read 18 books this year, so 20 shouldn’t be a problem).

3. Finish my writing course — unless I fail, I can’t see how this cannot happen.

4. Break 800,000 hits on this blog — should happen.

Setting my goals real low, aren’t I?  Better ramp it up a bit.

5. Get at least 10 more articles/reviews published in print publications.

6. Get paid for writing (money, not stuff).

7. Win the lotto.

Let’s revisit them in a year and see how I go.

Happy New Year! Here’s to a Fantastic 2010!

December 31, 2009 in Travel

I just crossed over to 2010 in Taipei!  Here’s a pic of the fireworks at Taipei 101.

I have a feeling it’s going to be one heck of a year.  Hopefully life-changing…in a good way.

Happy Holidays!

December 25, 2009 in Uncategorized

About Writing wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2010!