Banana smoothie, Tiger Balm and Casta Diva
January 2, 2011
These three things combined soothe a migraine. I’d avoid the smoothie if you a mischievous stomach though.
I’ve been thinking of avoiding the obligatory ‘New Year’ post that creeps up at this time of year but just for a laugh, I think I’ll do it anyway and throw in a list of challenges to complete throughout the coming year. Not like a list of resolutions but just a bunch of stuff to do that I know I should do and could make for some interesting writing material:
1. Write a new post at least once a week
Yeah I know my track record has been sketchy but sometimes the words just aren’t there. Maybe I should take more photos.
2. Delete my other blogs that aren’t going anywhere
I get excited about loads of things all in one go and then fizzle out so it’s time I sat down and scraped off the good stuff from those blogs, threw them into this blog and then rid myself of my crumbling blog empire.
3. Take a certified grammar course
I know bits and pieces but like most people, I have a poor grasp of English grammar. My grasp is so tedious in fact, I’m not sure if I have poor grasp of or a poor grasp on. The course should remedy this along with my dissatisfaction with the gaping holes in my knowledge about language. Plus I’ll get to be a grammar snob and then start breaking the rules.
4. Reduce my material belongings by x%
Okay I couldn’t give you a real number then because I wouldn’t know what a percentage like that would physically translate to, but it’s going to be a lot of stuff. The books can stay, obviously, but many other things can be moved on to the nearest recycling bin. Rule of thumb: if I’ve not used it in the past year, bye-bye. I foresee much heartbreak.
5. Write 30,000 words of the novel
Hmmm alright you’ve got me here. I’m supposed to do that anyway but why keep it as a chore? I’ll write those words (possibly more) because I want to, not because I have to.
6. Knit a slouchy jumper
I’m sick of fashion dictating what I can wear so I’m going to knit my own unfashionable slouchy jumper, all black and full of deliberate holes.
7. Start a scrapbook
This is going to be easy but time-consuming. I’ve already got a scrapbook ready to be filled so I need to rummage through everything (which will occur when I crack on with number 4) and get sticking. That way I’ll have a place full of physical ideas to draw from for number 5.
8. Paint more
I love painting and sketching and have so far produced some nice pieces. I’m going to do more of this and open myself up to weird ways of observing.
9. Pace it
I have a dirty habit. It’s called taking on too much. I shall focus on a handful of things this year (with a list x points long), only giving my full attention to two activities at a time. And I’ll combine activities so that they spawn new ideas and teach me new things.
10. I was going to stop at 10 and I think I shall
This is my final challenge: know when to stop.
I’m satisfied with that lot. It works out at roughly one a month (with the exception of the novel) and I don’t see the need to take them on in the same order I’ve written them. Some will be ongoing, some will be quick. Some will be updated whilst others will be deleted, replaced and exhausted.
I hate New Year hype. It makes me so over-optimistic. I’d rather skip it and exist elsewhere.