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.
- 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).
- 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
- Fantasy & Sci fi magazine
- Goblin Fruit
- 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.