Happy New Year, friends!
I pray that 2018 will be a beautiful, challenging year filled with happiness for each and every one of you. On the first day of a new year, I always feel a little bit nervous…it feels like I’m holding a blank piece of paper and that it would be the simplest thing in the world to mess it up quite horribly. I sincerely hope that all of us will draw a pretty picture this year!
Speaking about drawing…
I started a bullet journal this year
I’m sure all of your know what a bullet journal is, so I’ll not waste time explaining. I think it’s the most amazing thing since sliced bread. It takes a bit of time to set up, but once that’s done it’s totally worth it. Mine is quite minimalist, just the way I like it.
A bullet journal is also the perfect place to write down some goals for the new year.
My writing goals
I won’t bore you with my whole list of writing goals. They take up almost a whole page in my bujo! However, here’s a few of the big ones.
I want to finish The Loyal Crown
I’ve been writing this story since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, and I think it’s time to finish it! I’m writing it in Afrikaans, so the synopsis is up on the Afrikaans side of my webpage. One of these weeks I’ll hopefully translate the synopsis into English so that you guys can see what you’re missing.
Now, before I can properly start my first draft, I want to finish the outline. This is the first time I’m trying the outlining method (if you haven’t read KM Weiland’s book you should, ASAP!). Outlining is hard work, but I’m hopeful that it will pay off big time.
I want to brush up on my grammar
Here’s a shocker: I never worked through a grammar handbook while in school. Language is something that comes very naturally to me, and because I read so much I just never felt the need to formally learn grammar.
While I can write pretty well, I now feel that I do need some formal knowledge of the language. Especially since English is my second language, I often get the feeling that I’m not using the language to its fullest potential.
I want to get my Secret Project running
My secret project is…well…I guess you’ll just have to wait and see! I’ll be sharing more about that in a few weeks’ time. I’m super excited!
My reading goals
This year I set myself the not-so-easy goal of reading sixty books. Sixty books, mind you, that I haven’t read previously. I have to admit that I’m one of those people that love to read books over and over and over and over and over (and over and over) again if I like them. I’m a bit apprehensive, as I think it will be hard for me to use my time to read new books instead of old favourites.
This year I’ll also be trying something new here on Inksword.
I’m going to write book reviews (!)
It’s not something that I’ve actually done before, but I’m sure it will be fun.
Next week I’ll be reviewing Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink. If you’re interested, be sure to check back here on my blog!
What are your goals for 2018? What will you be working on? Please let me know in the comments!