Most people have already posted their ‘first blog of the year’ posts. I’d like to pretend that I had held back from posting mine because I’m wonderful and unique – or because I was just so busy that I didn’t have the time – but those would be lies. I have no excuse, I’m afraid.
I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions (mainly because I never stick to them), so rather than commit to a number of things and then fail miserably by February (and that’s being generous), I thought I’d make a plan for the coming year. So, that’s what I’ve done. It’s not a strict plan, but it gives me dates to aim for. I’ve taken to calling them ‘Friendly Deadlines’. They’re still deadly, but they say soothing things to you, while making cups of tea and feeding you biscuits.
The main bulk of this plan focuses on my new book “Hellhound”. I’m still writing the first draft, but I plan to have this completed by the end of January, so hopefully it won’t be too long until it’s available to read. NaNoWriMo was incredibly useful last year and encouraged me to write a mammothly large portion of the story in November.
I’ve also weaved some time for short stories and flash fiction into my plan. I find that kind of stuff – flash fiction in particular – to be really fun. I’m looking forward to sharing some interesting characters and stories with you all in the coming months.
This year I’ve decided to make use of an online tool to keep track of all of my tasks and projects. I’m about three days into giving Todoist a go, and it really seems to be helping so far. There’s a fantastic sense of achievement whenever I get to ‘tick’ one of my tasks off. It also allows for recurring events and I’m making full use of this… One such ‘event’ is to update this blog once a week. We’ll see how that goes!
I read some brilliant books in 2017 and I’d like to list some of my favourites here for you to check out.
- Righteous Fury, Devastating Hate and Dark Paths by Markus Heitz – I’ve got to admit, I’m a bit of a fangirl when it comes to Markus Heitz. His “Dwarves” series got me hooked on the fantasy genre and the “Legends of the Alfar” series continues his amazing brand of storytelling.
- HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt – I loved this book as it combined modern technology with the supernatural. I don’t want to give too much away, so make sure that you give this one a read!
- Father of Lies, Tanners Dell and Magda by S.E. England – I loved this trilogy and devoured it over one summer weekend. Sarah England really knows how to keep her readers gripped from beginning to end. This series is lots of fun!
- Bloodrush, Bloodmoon and Bloodfeud by Ben Galley – It’s annoying how talented Mr Galley is. It’s annoying and unfair. But, don’t let that put you off reading his books – they’re superb!
I also read Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy this year… FOR THE FIRST TIME. I know, it’s shocking. I held back for years as I couldn’t believe that the books (or the films) could live up to the hype that surrounded them. Well, it turns out that I was wrong. Who knew?? Turns out that Tolkien is bloody brilliant. (The films are ace too.) I’ll be reading the Hobbit very soon.
And that’s it for Blog #1 of 2018. See you next week!
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