2014 in my sights

I get the feeling 2014 will be a year of big shifts for me. I’m wandering into the year pretty blindly,  perhaps jaded by the past two years of shit, stress and exhaustion. I had big hopes for 2012 and 2013, and while some goals were attained, I stretched the limits of my capacity to deal with constant setbacks and negative happenings. I’m sure I’ve grown as a result, but in some ways I’m more fragile.

As such, I’m going gently on myself in 2014. I had lofty goals for 2013 and that’s ok, but I feel so unclear about what 2014 will look like that I don’t want to set myself up to fail.

I used to do this thing where I’d pick a word for the year. It always ended up being a bit pointless but I think I need to be mindful this year of SHIFTS. My life is a constantly shifting set of goalposts and experiences, and I need to be at peace with the fluidity and be open to change and new opportunities. That said, I do have some concrete goals for the year, and some vaguer, more open ones—both personal and writing related.

Concrete goals:

  • Write regularly, submit regularly.
  • Attend Continuum in Melbourne.
  • Participate in an obstacle course race.
  • Run 5kms unbroken.
  • Go camping.
  • Do more poetry readings (including Speedpoets as a regular thing).

Vague goals:

  • Do more art.
  • Sing more.
  • Dance more.
  • Collaborate more.
  • Enjoy life.
  • Nut out a novel that holds my attention.
  • Be more thoughtful.

Last year I wrote down a list of markets I wanted to crack… well I did crack one of them, but I’ll update the list here.

  • Midnight Echo
  • Fablecroft
  • Ticonderoga
  • Apex
  • Nightmare
  • Shimmer
  • Lightspeed
  • Fantasy & Sci fi magazine
  • Goblin Fruit
  • Cordite
  • Strange Horizons

(Some of those are poetry, some fiction—also, I could have made the list longer, but will stop there!)

So yeah, 2014, I’m looking at you. Be kind. Be fabulous. Be full of awesome.


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